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! 😉
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… 😛
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. 🙂
Isn’t it pretty?
Cherry blossoms and some sheep
Didn’t I say it was a long drive? ;P
Trees (as if you didn’t see that…!)
It was all so very pretty! Here are some more cherry blossoms
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!
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!
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!
Very “picturesque” ruin ;P
The new house seen through the ruins
Viktoria looking through a window in the ruin
And here she is attempting to climb one of the walls
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. 😀