Happy New Year

New Years Eve is here, time to get some special groceries, if you’re expecting guests.

Take the dog for the last walk of 2016.

Before it’s too dark.

Choose a recipe for dinner.

Tidy up the sitting room.

Get your glad rags on.

Before your friends arrive.

Christmas is nearly over, enjoy the lights while you can.

Settle down to sleep.

When you wake up it will be 2017, Happy New Year everyone!

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A park for Paula

And any of my friends that want to play.

One of my favourite things as a child was to roly-poly down a grassy slope in the park, was it yours too? It isn’t actually that long since I last had a go. It was still fun, but would have been more comfortable if my plump places were distributed slightly differently. I’ll probably still do it again though.

Last year when my son and grandchildren had a go at Killerton Park, I took the photos instead.

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Paula wants to see your favourite park, large or small for her Thursday special.

The Intricacies of nature and man

The Bear Hut at National Trust Killerton was reputedly created to house a real live bear in the grounds of the property. I’m really not convinced, I think it was more likely a great playhouse for the children of the family. Either way it’s a cute little place with some interesting decorative features, including this pretty ceiling studded with natural pine cones arranged by man in a pattern on something like hessian.
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This well nibbled leaf has been made into an intricate design by one of nature’s creatures.
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Some human has used delicate silk to create an intricate design on these hats.
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When I got my current mobile phone a couple of year ago I was experimenting with photographing a fast running stream. What I didn’t realise at the time was that I had it on a setting called Harris Shutter that does weird things to images, I nearly deleted it, but kept it because I like the intricate mix of colours!
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This carved and painted arch is inside Exeter Cathedral, it’s one of many intricate and ornate features there.
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When I started thinking about this challenge and looking at some photos, I concluded that and awful lot of my photos fit the bill, because I like to focus on little details. How about you?
You know how to join in!

Hopeful Anticipation

This afternoon I went to Killerton with my family and had a lovely walk in bright sunshine – which was far from ideal for photos.  We did find this robin turning on the charm and posing for me!

Hey, up here, look at me
Hey, up here, look at me
I'll give you a twirl
I’ll give you a twirl
Aren't I gorgeous?
Aren’t I gorgeous?

And then William and Louisa agreed to share their raisins, so my son tempted Mr Robin by putting some on a branch.

Well, I'll just have a little taste
Well, I’ll just have a little taste
If there's no more, I'll be off then
If there’s no more, I’ll be off then
Oh, and thanks, please come again
Oh, and thanks, please come again

The Bears Hut at Killerton

In 1808 Sir Thomas Acland built a rustic summerhouse for his wife Lydia in the grounds of their estate at Killerton. Two generations later, their grandson shipped a bear over from Canada and kept it as a pet. The summerhouse became the Bear’s Hut and has been known as that ever since. Now it’s the highlight of a visit for children, on Saturday I sheltered from a shower of rain, but I’d like to have a tea party there!

Killerton Spring

The weather forecast got it wrong this morning, so I walked the dogs and then took my camera to Killerton to make the most of the unexpected sunshine. I’ve taken you before, for the Christmas decorations and a fashion exhibition, but this time I wanted to see how the grounds were looking in their spring costumes.

The Magnolia blossom was spectacular

Everywhere you look, flowers both woodland and cultivated

Shrubs and assorted loveliness!

Killerton is a National Trust property a few miles east of Exeter, I hope you enjoyed your spring walk.

Killerton at Christmas

Killerton House and estate is a National Trust property a few miles east of Exeter. I’ve been wanting to see it decorated for Christmas, so after a manic day of shopping and wrapping gifts I checked the internet thinking that I might pop out tomorrow. This was at 4.30. I saw that today it would be open until six for the last time so that people could see the house in the evening light. I was there by five!
I’m having to use a fixed 50mm lens at the moment so my options are limited, even more because of the dim light, but I enjoyed capturing some of the tree decorations.

I don’t know how many trees they had, I lost count.

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This is a glimpse of the dining room

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The staircase was decorated with foliage and snow

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and the inner hall had this lovely barrow

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There were some old fashioned toys on display in the entrance hall

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Including these creepy ones

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One of the trees in the hall

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See how pretty the entrance hall is?

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The walk back from the house to the old stable block entrance is about two hundred yards. It was really dark and I was on my own, so I was glad to hear the voices of a young family behind me. And seeing this beauty on my way was a real treat!

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I hope you enjoyed my half hour visit, I was back home by six!

As always you can click for a bigger view of my photos and to see some earlier posts about Killerton go to https://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/travel-theme-delicate/ and https://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/objects-of-desire/ and https://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/a-killerton-evening/#

Objects of Desire

Is the name given to an exhibition that has been at Killerton this year and I managed to catch its final day at the weekend. It’s about fashion and includes some designs by students at Falmouth university whose remit was, F

and this is some of their work

The little red number is my favourite! Here is the Courtenay dress, apologies for the glare, its part of Killerton’s collection and so was behind glass.

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Here are a few more gowns from their collections, they are all vintage but some would still be wearable now.

 

To bring us into the right decade, these last dresses are made by current designers.

Any idea which is my favourite?