The hunt for the “picturesque” picture

Here I am in England now, having a lovely time. My sister and I just got back from a beautiful long walk in the glorious sunshine (yes, the weather has been absolutely perfect while I’ve been here so far, sunny and warm every day. When I left home there was still some snow on the ground and ice on the lakes… I wasn’t prepared for it being summer here!).

I have already written about St Albans, the beautiful city where my sister is living at present, on here before. It is a very old city, filled with historical things and buildings at every corner. Today, seeing as how the weather was so lovely and as we had no other big plans I suggested that we’d take a walk out to Gorhambury estate. And so we did.

Gorhambury is an estate which is located just on the outskirts of St Albans, and even though you can’t visit the house (it is a private home, but open to the public certain days in the summer) you are allowed to (as we were informed) “walk up the drive”. That doesn’t sound very impressive, but walking, up this “drive” takes about 45 minutes! Now that’s what I call a proper drive! πŸ˜‰

My intention with this walk (appart from enjoying the beautiful weather) was to capture the ultimate picturesque picture. Preferably of the estate itself. You know, picturesque things were very much the fashion at a certain period in history. Romantic things, everything should be romantic. If it possibly could. So that’s what I wanted to find. I also remember having read somewhere that 3 was the picturesque number. For example three cows in the distanc, three trees etc, etc. Which consequently meant that I was trying hard to find things in threes to take pictures of. I was delighted when I spotted three cows standing on a hill amongst some trees, Perfect! But when I came closer I realized they were actually four… πŸ˜›

So that was my goal. Taking picturesque pictures. I wouldn’t say my attempts are incredibly fantastic (and I would be the first one to admit that I am no great photographer), but a few of them did turn out alright. πŸ™‚

Gorhambury estate

Isn’t it pretty?

Gorhambury estate

Cherry blossoms and some sheep

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More sheep

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Beautiful spring!

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Didn’t I say it was a long drive? ;P

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Gorhambury estate

Trees (as if you didn’t see that…!)

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It was all so very pretty! Here are some more cherry blossoms

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The estate. I think it looks like it could be taken straight out of a Jane Austen adaptation! It could be Netherfield Park or something!

Gorhambury estate

It’s a hard life being a blogger! Here I am trying to get a good picture of the house, those bushes had thorns on them. Ouch!

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Another view of the house

This house is the “new” house, it was built in 1784 (so, very new then :P) and replaced another house which stood there before. That house (the old one) belonged to the Bacon family, the famous philosopher Sir Francis Bacon amongst others. Now all that is left of it is ruins. As it said on the sign by the house “these additions were lost when the house was partly demolished , the core of the Bacon house was preserved as an eyecatching feature in the park surounding the new house”. I find this very interesting. They actually tore down the old house (which I grant you, from what I have heard, wasn’t in a very good state) to create some pretty pictursque ruins!

Gorhambury estate

Very “picturesque” ruin ;P

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The new house seen through the ruins

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Viktoria looking through a window in the ruin

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And here she is attempting to climb one of the walls

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Me in the ruins

It was such a lovely walk! And we had lots of fun, we were giggling like crazy most of the time. πŸ˜€

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10 Responses to The hunt for the “picturesque” picture

  1. It is absolutely fantastic. Such beautiful pictures. And a very pretty place.
    I instantly went to see my BIG England map to see where you are and you are quite near London. Enjoy your trip.
    Dorte from Denmark

  2. Anna says:

    Wow, such a beautiful place, I wish I was there, too! This could have been one of the country walks the Jane Austen used to make. The family used to visit old ruins, like this one, and the mansion does look like a Georgian one. Well, one can always dream…

  3. You got some amazing shots! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you are finally getting to enjoy some lovely weather as well πŸ™‚ (although we went from 30*F to 98*F in two days!)

    Specifically I love the shot of the trees, looking down the drive, and the ruins πŸ˜€ Good job!

  4. Hazel says:

    Thanks for the lovely tour. You got ‘picturesque’ shots here, enjoyed them all. (I actually put your site on my sidebar :)).

  5. maria says:

    Such beautiful pictures!

    And how beuatiful you look too, the two of you!

    Make me remember when we where there and took long bike tours around the place and had a pic nic at the old ruin.

    And it looks very English – indeed πŸ™‚


  6. Jennifer says:

    Lovely pictures. I like the new house and the ruins very much. Looks like a beautiful walk up to the house. Thank you for sharing your picturesque views.


  7. Jane Odiwe says:

    I live not far from St. Albans and have never heard of this house – it’s gorgeous! What a lovely time you must have had with your sister.

  8. Aurora says:

    Thank you all for your comments!

    Dorte – yes it is indeed very close to London. 20 minutes by train from St Albans and you are right in the middle of London! πŸ™‚

    Anna – that is true. The place does seem like it would fit so well into the whole Jane Austen world! And the “new” house IS Georgian I believe!

    Kristina – thank you! Yes we were having simply glorious weather that day, and, I am pleased to report, so we are today as well!

    Hazel – I am glad you enjoyed my pictures! And thank you so much for putting up my link on your page!

    Thank you mom! Yes we were talking a lot about that time too when we were walking there, about the time we were there before. Such a nice place! We were considergin having a picnic this time too, but didn’t end up doing it in the end…

    Jennifer – thank you! Yes it was indeed a truly lovely walk! I wish you could all have been there and shared it with us!

    Jane – you live close to St Albans? Nice! Hm, I don’t know how famous it is. We heard of it when we were staying in St Albans a few years back, someone told us about it and recommended the walk up there. Otherwise we might not have heard of it either.

  9. I’m happy to hear that πŸ˜€ The weather here is still very up and down, but today it’s rather nice πŸ˜€

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