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Resting Peacefully

September 5, 2021

Near the campsite in Rhandirmwyn we were staying at over the bank holiday we discovered a small cemetry that was no longer being used, I had a little investigate and found some really beautifully carved headstones. Couldn’t read most of the inscriptions on the grounp of headstones, although the name in one had clearly been cut out and replaced like stone marquetry and was for a David Price 1828 Hugh Price aged 26 A family resting together The detail on the side of the white headstone was surprising think this is from 1865, not sure what the plant is on this one This one was realitvely plain Shame that this one isn’t readible Thanks for having a look.

One for the Wall

August 24, 2021

At home we have one print of Chris racing, and it’s not a photo I took. At the time I liked it – he’s heading down Paddock Hill at Brands Hatch and it’s quite wet so the spray from the tyres adds to the overall story, but it’s too tight in the frame. So I have been working on getting something I’d be happy to put in its place. This weekend was an opportunity to get a racing shot with a difference, as Angelsey circuit has a very unique feature for a track. It’s very scenic as its right on top of a cliff next to the sea. Not sure any of these will make it onto the wall but maybe! Race 1 – On the green flag lap Race 1 – last of the late brakers, taking 2nd place Race 1 – part way through the Corkscrew Race 1 – got a bit lonely after spining out of 2nd place, behind by 2 seconds.  Did break away well from the car in 4th, so being a bit cautious keeping an eye on the lack of oil pressure and making sure of keeping the points Race 2 – Scenery – runnnig in a very safe 2nd place after making a good start. Made a bit of a mistake which meant 1st got away and opened a gap of 2.5 seconds Race 2 – taking the wide line When you can’t resist “The Arty Shot” Well that’s the weekend in pictures, 2 more trophies on the shelf but a drop from joint 1st in the championship to 2nd – 8 points off 1st.  We definitely need a win, otherwise we’ll be bringing home the end of season trophy nobody really wants…..Highest Placed Non-Race Winner…..it has spent time with several times over the years!

The Blue Coat

August 10, 2021

In a corner of the Drawing Room there is a portrait of Lady Berwick (1890-1972) wearing a stunning blue coat (http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/608972). For the Be Our Guest event it was decided to bring the coat out of storage to add to the costumes on display.  Here’s a few images of the coat. The coat, the portrait and the photo from a sitting with the artist Lit for the event and finally, coat on the party’s over

Food and Finery

August 10, 2021

Attingham has a very grand dining hall, a perfect setting for a party. Traditionally, country houses like the Mansion at Attingham were made for entertaining; places for aristocratic families to return to after the busy London social ‘season’, which lasted from May to August every year. Attending and hosting country house parties was a routine for the upper classes, and the work that went into planning a party was typically done by the lady of the house. She would decide the guest list and send invitations, choose the menu and seating plan for dinner, and ensure the guests enjoyed a variety of entertainments including music, dancing, and admiring the collections of fine art and antiquities strategically arranged throughout the house to show off the hosts’ wealth and taste. The Be Our Guest theme focuses on this party season.  The formal Dining Room, historically the scene for grand banquets and evening dinners, has been the inspiration for the work of the LEGACY Project (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park/features/the-legacy-project-at-attingham-), which has invited participants to explore the formalities and traditions of historic ‘parties’ through creating one of their own, but what are the key ingredients of a brilliant party? So, the first blog focussed on the finery now its the turn of the food! Fruits such of these would have been amongst of the stars of the show, some having been grown in the walled garden hot houses.  The young people involved in the project had slightly different thoughts on what makes great party food. So that’s the food….

Another Attingham Shoot

August 7, 2021

As part of the gradual re-opening of the Mansion at Attingham Park “Be Our Guest” is the new project opening. By holding a mirror up to the Mansion’s past, present and future of welcoming guests, we hope to encourage people to reflect on what it means today to be included and invited into a grand, intimidating and exclusive space. Who gets to decide what makes a good house party? Is it the hosts, the guests, or a mixture of the two? And what about parties today in 2021? What are the key ingredients of a good party, and how have they changed over the centuries? Inside the Mansion visitors will consider Attingham’s legacy today. A Trust New Art collaboration between Attingham, Pentabus Theatre and Young Carers from Telford & Wrekin CVS, All Age Carers Centre explores this legacy in relation to parties today with ‘apart(y)’ an interactive installation in the Dining Room. I have split the story of this event into 3, starting with the main party rooms and the costumes worn back in the day, a feature on a very special piece of Lady Berwick’s wardrobe and finally the party food – the most important part of the party for the young people involved in the project. So enough words…..time for the pictures to do the talking. Party room, looks like a very genteel setting! The entertainment Details of one of the period “fancy dress” costumes Hand stitching on the men’s outfit and porcelain buttons on the lady’s dress A very fancy get up (3rd image with added stage lighting) Then and now – the party outfit.  The old dress is incredible and really well perserved So that’s part one done, hope to see you in part two.

Boggle Hole

July 12, 2021

Having done 3 days straight on the cliffs at Bempton we decided to take a break from the birdies and take in what else the area has to offer. First on the list for the day was Boggle Hole, which is just around the cliff from Robin Hood Bay – you can walk between the 2 when the tide is out. The beach is accessed down a lane which doesn’t allow cars, but there is a small car park which only asks for donations.  There is a YHA place at the beach and a nice cafe.  Well that’s enough words, what does it look like… Shore Line, used the in camera ND filter to smooth out the ripples in the pool but didn’t slow it so the sea was smooth as well Process the above shot today, the rest when I was clearly in a BW mood! The clouds came in after a while and the morning’s weather was breezey enough for them to keep changing – no blurry clouds though as these were all hand held Definitely in a detail mood just floating about The rougher with the smoother A complete, tethered seaweed (see Mr P for correct ID), but again although I did take a full shot the details got me!  Time to leave before I swap to the macro lens and we’re here for hours…… Well there’s a first little blog for you to enjoy (I hope) of a little trip to Boggle Hole

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