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photoblog image Stourhead revisited 1

Stourhead revisited 1

Choccie box heaven, where we have not been since 2007

Stourhead revisited 1

Choccie box heaven, where we have not been since 2007

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It resembles our Jefferson Memorial...
Bill Phillips: Yes it does doesn't it
A stunning picture Bill. This is a wonderful scene.
Bill Phillips: Stourhead is one of our treasures Frances

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-stourhead/
All that's missing is a courting couple, dressed in their Sunday best, lazily rowing a boat across the lake. Lovely tranquil feel to this one, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Well I suppose I could always photoshop them in grin
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Oct 2011, 02:17
A little more shrubbery than one normally sees around the Parthenon, Bill...I suppose that is because of all the belt-tightening the Greeks are doing at the moment as they let their gardeners go?

Speaking of which...I wonder if Phil and his Mrs have considering helping out by buying Greece?
Bill Phillips: Phil and his Mrs aren't that daft
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Oct 2011, 03:29
Looks like a Choccie box to me..
Great reflections.
We still are at the other side of the pond.
Bill Phillips: Having a good time too I see from Ginnie's comments grin
Beautiful reflections, I love it!
Bill Phillips: Stourhead is very beautiful and much painted by Turner amongst others
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Oct 2011, 07:18
Yes, you are right, Stourhead is one my most feavourite gardens, and three times I already walked around the lake enjoy every detail of this loveliest classical English Landscape garden -here the Greek temple - your photo is wonderful!- great reflections! You may have stood near the Flora temple on the other side of the lake or on a little island or sitting on a boat like the 18th century persons loved to do?
Bill Phillips: It has to be one of our finest and we enjoyed going again after a gap of 4 years.
I must dig out my Stourhead archive to support these grand gardens.
Bill Phillips: I have to confess I wasn't overly pleased with the pictures i took
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2011, 07:47
What a delight. I've not been there either since about the same time. I want what the colours are like now?
Bill Phillips: We were a few weeks early to get Autumn at its best.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2011, 08:58
I guessed correctly - serenity personified.
Bill Phillips: It is indeed mike. wonderful place
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Oct 2011, 09:06
This is the stuff to give 'em Billy Boy!
Bill Phillips: Hahahaha I was tempted to do it in b&w
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Oct 2011, 09:08
Classical Temple; peaceful lake. Wonderful subjects for a lovely photo
Bill Phillips: It is the most beautiful of places.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 24 Oct 2011, 09:17
This is brilliant Bill. You show this 'temple' as vast, whereas it often looks tiny in photographs. The calm and peace with this water gives a cool calming feels.
Bill Phillips: Funny you should say that. Tune in tomorrow!
Very pretty scene with just a hint of fall colours.
Bill Phillips: I would think it looks glorious now Mary
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Oct 2011, 10:25
"Few buildings exceed the magnificence, taste and beauty of this temple’" (Horace Walpole)
Did you ever see the interior of this Pantheon?
"Its interior is equally magnificent, with marble statues and reliefs set around the main circular hall.
It was designed by architect Henry Flitcroft, and built in 1753-4, and no doubt provided an impressive setting for Henry Hoare II’s picnics and summer parties.
The Pantheon was originally called the Temple of Hercules, as its interior is dominated by the alluring marble statue of Hercules by Rysbrack. The statue's biceps were modelled on 'the father of English boxing', the successful contemporary prize-fighter, Jack Broughton. Hercules was a great moral hero, and the famous painting of him at the crossroads between vice and virtue by Poussin hangs in the picture gallery of Stourhead House.
Other statues lining the curved wall below the dome are St Susanna (Henry’s wife and elder daughter were both called Susanna); Diana, goddess of hunting; Flora, goddess of gardens; Livia Augusta, wife of Emperor Augustus; Meleager, Atalanta’s lover and god of hunting; and Isis an Egyptian goddess."
Perhaps one day I could visit the temple walking again "the enchanting paths of Paradise" (made-man with a lot of efforts we should not forget!) ?
Bill Phillips: We didn't go inside this time. I don't think it was open. We will certainly try and go again in the not too distant future
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Oct 2011, 10:27
Autumn may be the most beautiful time to visit Stourhead - the trees are glowing in the wildest colours! It i s the paradise on earth!
Bill Phillips: We got talking to some people who lived fairly local and they visited regularly. They said that each season has its charms
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2011, 10:37
This is very beautiful choccie box heaven, I love the reflections and colour in the water smile
Bill Phillips: Stourhead is a beautiful place Linda
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 24 Oct 2011, 11:07
Super photo
Bill Phillips: Thanks mate
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Oct 2011, 11:56
Choccie box AND heaven, Bill, make a very good combination!
Bill Phillips: It is a glorious place Ginnie
What a gorgeous setting Bill. Looks a bit like a Capability Brown creation
Bill Phillips: It is actually by the creation of Henry Hoare II or henry the magnificent as he was known. It is a stunning creation
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2011, 16:18
A good description - it certainly is choccie box heaven (perhaps, dare I whisper it, it bit too perfect!)
Bill Phillips: I know what you mean but if it was good enough for Turner it is good enough for me. joking aside it is very beautiful and somewhere I could happily visit regularly if I lived nearer
Delightful, even if one has seen it so often before - love the reflection.
Bill Phillips: It is one of those places you never tire of Tom.
Great shot Bill, we must make an effort to get there one day. The autumn colours are still not really about round our way as yet.
Bill Phillips: It is so well worth a visit Brian. i think Maureen and you would love it
  • Debb
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2011, 17:51
Wonderful photo. wonderful reflection.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Debb. It is a lovely place
Still lots of colour to come in the trees, Good shot and great reflection.
Bill Phillips: Yes we were too early for autumn in all its glory

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