Once a year properties that are normally closed to the public are opened for us to have a peek. Buildings of national importance or architectural heritage allow mere mortals a glimpse of their former glories. Yesterday was such a day.
As you can see, we weren’t the only ones taking advantage of this event. We visited a house that we have passed many times during the last several years, but entrance has always been ‘taboo’. How could we miss this opportunity?
The above photo is of the back of the house. The front is in the process of being refurbished, so this glimpse is all you are getting today.
Lots of texture here – the bricks, stonework etc, but this isn’t the texture I’ve chosen for this week’s photo challenge. The house is over 400 years old, and it has interesting history attached to it, as you can imagine. The grounds are interesting too, with lakes, deer, and I’m sure I saw a hint of reindeer too, but I could have been mistaken.
This tree took our eye. The growth at the top is not part of the original tree which is severely truncated. The portion that is growing is in fact a silver birch, and the tree with the enormous trunk, an oak, is dead.
The plaque gives a glimpse into the past life of the Estate, and tells how the tree was destroyed. And so – we finally come to the texture that is the main focus of this post.
How about this for bark! I think it qualifies as ‘texture’. There’s more here too.
Where is it? This link may well surprise you if you fully investigate.