I visited Waddesdon Manor recently, Voluptuous and French in design and stuffed full of art. It does have a feel of a museum rather than a home, some NT's do and thats perfectly fine, I like the broad experience from one property to another.
There was a special display about mourning with mourning jewellery, a very spooky model of Queen Victoria in the room she stayed in, stopped clocks and letters and personal objects belonging to the Rothschild family but outside there is a beautiful rose garden, almost blown to bits by wind and rain this said more about mourning than the display of black cloth and hair brooches inside.
While I'm writing this post I am also thinking about another bit of writing about my own painting and how much these 'Portrait Of A lady' paintings (particularly those of unknown women) have influenced them. Its mystery, wistful expressions and imagining their love and loss that is huge part of the allure.
I'm really into palm trees at the moment. No particular reason, I just really like looking at them. Particularly ones in cities. I want to go to L.A. I am not going to L.A.
You can see more pictures from Waddesdon Manor on my Flickkr.