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Friday, 5 July 2013

Houghton Hall

 Today I went to Houghton Hall. They have put together an exhibition to show exactly how the house would have looked when it was built, from 1722, for Sir Robert Walpole  . Paintings have been borrowed back from the Hermitage Collection.
While I was exclaiming 'wow' at every painting, Roy was inspecting the doors, frames and furniture. And the floorboards.
I have a particular interest in Grinling Gibbons carving, and there was one piece on show in the rooms of the exhibition. His portrait above a fireplace had the most amazing decorative surround, an intricate wreath of flowers, bugs, etc. Too bad you couldn't really get close enough to appreciate it, and someone had gilded it! Grinling is turning in his grave.
 Not allowed to take photos inside I found a few things of interest outside. The avenue stretching as far as the eye could see.
 The deer in the park.
 An idea for my own garden! Love sculpture.
 It was way too hot to seek  out all the sculptures, which was the plan, but this fascinated me. WATERFLAME  by  Jeppe Hein. How?
Loved it all! Do go, if you get the chance, there really is something for everyone.

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