Saturday, June 15, 2013

Stourhead curios

A bit wet today. Wasn't sure what to do or where to go. Listened to British Lions vs NSW Warathas on TalkSport this morning. A good 47-17 win for the Brits. Opted to go to Stourhead, a favourite haunt this afters. At least if it rained we could head for the House and have a look round. As it happened the rain held off, but we visited the House anyway and spotted one or two curios amongst the Chippendale furniture grand family portraits. 

A well-meaning guide assured us that the rock star below was Noel Gallagher. It's really 'the Modfather', Paul Weller. I'm guessing that the woman in the photo is the Hoare family member who still lives in the House and that the young man is her son, who, judging by is Weller-ish barnet and threads is a bit of a Mod. 

The airy library is floor-to-ceiling with handsome, leather-bound books. Some of the ancient tomes are obviously a little poorly. Never seen a bandaged book before.

When visiting Stourhead we usually enter the gardens via the bottom gate, near the Spread Eagle pub. As we visited the House first this time, we used the top entrance. The pathway has a viewing point that shows off the rhododendron-strewn gardens and lake to great effect. 

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