National Trust

A very pleasant day out at Petworth House down in Sussex rather spoiled by a dreadful journey home that culminated in us having to drive through Central London (although we did get to see Tower Bridge rather closer than we had wanted!). The A3 and M25 really do leave a lot to be desired!


We visited Rainham Hall today which is a different type of national Trust property in that, because it has had over 50 different occupants with no one family using for any length of time, it doesn’t have a consistent history, so it has been used as a family home, a photographers studio and a Day Nursery, amongst other things.

The current display which opened yesterday is about its time as a Day Nursery during and after the second world war. It was very interesting and nice to come across that sort of institution where all the children appear to have been well looked after and were very happy whilst there.

If you want to see a rather more standard shot of the Hall…

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It’s Debbie’s birthday week, so we have both taken a week off work for some much needed r&r. We visited Oxburgh Hall today which is covered in scaffolding and the surrounding grounds have been badly effected by last week’s storm Doris…apparently 31 trees blown down. So some of the walking routes were out of bounds but we did find a very pleasant walk through woodland and across open meadow that, despite it still being the end of winter and with storm clouds gathering all around, made a very relaxing day out. Some more shots after the break

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We popped out for a visit to Anglesey Abbey this morning. Despite being grey and rather murky the place was rammed with people to see the snowdrops. We walked quickly round and then left to find something a little less crowded and drove across to Walpole Hall. Whilst the car park was equally thronged, because the grounds are substantially more expansive it’s reasonably easy to get away from the worst of the crowds and enjoy a pleasant walk. 

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Continuing my week of “signs” photographs…this just about hits the brief, although I accept that the photo isn’t really about the sign. I should have taken a shot of the sign at the car park for this National Trust attraction that said “Leith Hill Tower ¾ mile Steep Gradients” because the walk to the Tower very nearly finished me off and will be my abiding memory of the place!

Note if you are going up there – the walk’s not that bad…just don’t try to do the walk, tower and photography in an hour!


It’s all been a bit quiet here since New Year’s Eve music extravaganza. After three years of consistent photography projects I decided I needed to take a year out to do some solid learning and recharge my batteries. Towards the end of the last 365 the quality had completely fallen away…to such an extent that I didn’t publish the last week or two’s pictures…

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We visited the National Trust’s Wicken Fen this afternoon for a pleasant walk. It was very busy as the weather was quite lovely. Whilst I’ve taken this photograph before, it really is the number one subject at Wicken Fen…the highland cattle were hiding in the long grass and the ponies were miles away…we could just see them in the distance…but the weather was almost perfect, so that was all OK.

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We visited Ickworth in Suffolk today. Before visiting the Rotunda we took a stroll around the countryside surrounding the house. Typical rolling hills with some really nice large ponds / small lakes dotted around. The National Trust certainly have their marketing well set up as it was quite busy even on a Thursday in autumn.


We visited Flatford today to find a rather soggy Dedham Vale…so soggy that you couldn’t walk on it without some pretty substantial boots. To compound the issue the National Trust are just in the process of renewing the lock gates just outside the mill…so actually there are no lock gates in place…hence this very active water outside the Mill today.