4 Funerals, No Wedding

When I was in Essex my friend Bee suggested a visit to West Thurrock.  Not my usual sort of territory for image hunting, West Thurrock's position on the Thames means it is dominated by industries taking advantage of the riverside for the loading and unloading of raw materials and finished products.  The power station and…

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Unusual Garden Ornament

The Hoares of Stourhead didn't just go in for the grandiose.  The house is surrounded by some perfectly traditional lawns and shrubberies, and whilst the walled garden doesn't bear comparison with that at Wellington it features some colourful blooms. Even the ancient trees around the hall impress, though not with the same degree of delicacy.…

Wait ’til they get a load of this*

*apologies to Mr Nicholson's Joker for the bastardisation! The first stop on my summer excursion was Stourhead in Wiltshire, site of a Palladian Manor House built in the 18th Century.  I'll write about that house and its walled garden in a future post, but coming so soon after my visit to Studley Royal and the…