Window Wednesday — Hughenden Manor

With the gorgeous weather this weekend we decided to make the most of it (and our National Trust membership) and head to a property we haven’t been to before: Hughenden Manor in Buckinghamshire.   Not only is the house steeped in political history due to it being the home of former British Prime Minister, Benjamin Diserali from 1848 to 1881, but during the second world war the property was the

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Window Wednesday — Highcliffe Castle

The first clue we had were the ladies “of a certain age” occupying ever bench in the grounds.  It wouldn’t have surprised me if they had a picnic and a Thermos hidden in their bags too because they certainly looked like this was a regular occurrence for them.  Certainly in the summer, anyway.   4pm on a Saturday afternoon in August in the pretty garden behind Highcliffe Castle and all

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Window Wednesday — London

Samuel Johnson famously said that “When a man is tired of London he is tired of life” and he wasn’t wrong.   Though the other way round is not necessarily the same thing at all. This week on Window Wednesday it is the window that made me think about how wonderful windows are, and really ignited my love of windows in general.  How they perfectly frame a shot.  How they

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Window Wednesday – Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour

For Window Wednesday this week I am featuring this little gem:  Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour.    An old fashioned gin parlour that feels like an 18th century front room, right in the heart of London, tucked away between Leicester Square and Covent Garden tube stations, with a bar serving gin and afternoon tea. I had been meaning to meet up with a friend when I was next in London and

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Window Wednesday — Sandham Memorial Chapel

Sandham Memorial Chapel is one of those unexpected gems that you wouldn’t know existed unless you had done your homework.  You can’t even really see it from the road, other than a sign on the pavement, and a car park across the road featuring the National Trust logo.   Mr B and his parents had visited a few years ago but I had been working so in search of something

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Window Wednesday — The Vyne’s Roof

Okay so it not so much an actual window I am featuring on Window Wednesday this week but the metaphorical window that let’s you view the £5.4 million roof restoration project at The Vyne.   We have been to the Vyne before since it is one of our closest National Trust houses and has not only a gorgeous house to venture into, but also stunning grounds and gardens.  Mr B and

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Window Wednesday — Chiswick House

  It was pretty much a case of sticking a pin in the map on Sunday morning when we woke up in London and decided to stop off for a walk before heading home.   Though the map was actually a book called “Secret London” and the pin was Mr B’s thumb as he flicked through the index.    Chiswick House, unsurprisingly is in Chiswick, and is a House that

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Window Wednesday — Clandon Park

Not what you expect a National Trust house to look like, and certainly not one that I that would be featuring on my sporadic lately weekly post about my love of windows.  As you know, I do love windows as they can perfectly frame a shot, can give you a glimpse of  a world beyond them, or indeed be the focus themselves.   This has to be the first National

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Window Wednesday — Collioure

I might be 48 this year but when my parents tell me I have to do something, well, I do it.    Over  lunch earlier this month they asked about our upcoming trip to France as it is a country they know well, particularly the area we were heading to.    “You must go to Collioure” they both said, almost in unison.  They went on to explain about famous artists,

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Window Wednesday — Warwick Castle

  Savages.   Despite our favourite family saying being (in the most pompous voice we can muster) “We aren’t savages” we were.  Well our ancestors certainly were.  And despite all the history and majesty of Warwick Castle that is the one over-riding feeling I come away with.  Horrible Histories is not wrong.   A moat filled with sewage, a gaol underground that had an oubliette (French for forgotten; a pit

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Window Wednesday — Welford Park

Sometimes I think I want to be buried, and other times I think I want to be cremated.   I suppose I need to make my mind up really or my family will have no idea what to do after my demise and if they get it wrong (through no fault of their own) it is highly likely I will come back and haunt them forever.   I pondered this

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Window Wednesday – Selborne

We have seen the signs to Gilbert White’s house so many times that we thought it might be worth a trip to finally see it.  That and we only had a couple of hours to spare on Sunday morning to go out and take photos.   But then when we got to Selborne it was such a lovely day that we didn’t really fancy being inside so we went for

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