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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Window Wednesday Waverley Abbey

  Oh how I wanted to rename that Waverley Wabbey. Child that I am. Anyway.  Yes.  Waverley Abbey is another little find that is just up the road from us.  We attempted to find it last year but realised, it being ruins and all, that it was along a footpath from the car park.  And I was wearing slip on shoes. This time though we came prepared and made sure

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Window Wednesday — Guildford Cathedral

  It feels like ages since I have posted something for my weekly window post.  My love for windows and their ability to frame a photo hasn’t diminished but time to go out and photograph them had recently.  Last week we ventured to Guildford for a mooch on New Year’s Eve and to see if anything grabbed us in the sales and on the way back we realised we had

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Window Wednesday — Middle Piccadilly

Arriving at Middle Piccadilly in Dorset last weekend couldn’t have come at a better time.   This little rural idyll prides itself on being the ideal place to switch off, kick back and recharge.   Something I have needed for a while, something we could probably all do with.   I find switching off virtually impossible, I feel I am always connected to an online world, and always doing or

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Window Wednesday — Home

(Forgive me, this one is more wordy than usual!) It is funny isn’t it, how sometimes something can occur to you, not in a thunderbolt kind of way but in a more gradual way.   A sort of drip feed realisation over time. For years I have thought that our house made me unhappy, an odd thing to say, I grant you, but hear me out.   First, some history.

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