I think the ruling class would have admired this monument to empire, source of wealth and employment for younger sons. And then there's the tradition of eccentricity among those of their class so I suspect no one thought much about it.
One of the most beautiful gardens I've ever visited (through your excellent photoessay)! I, too, am partial to the fern. In Canada they are called 'fiddlesticks', for obvious regions, and they are quite delicious when picked early on.
They are delicious. The most memorable single dish I've ever had was forest ferns, far out into the Chinese countryside near the Burma border, cooked for 3 of us, the only other people for miles I think, the lovely taxi driver who knew the place, my friend and me. Other things, too, but it's the ferns I remember.
In Maine, where we enjoyed them, they're called "fiddlehead" ferns. Wonder if there are other regional variations? PS...they are even available canned...which I don't even want to try. The same company has canned dandelions as well.
After a visit to William Morris’s Kelmscott Manor, PortMoresby crosses the River Thames to visit Buscot Park, with a stunning room dedicated to a Pre-Raphaelite painter and, unexpectedly, warriors in the garden.
Gertrude Stein's description of Oakland ("There is no there there") seems the opposite of Hidcote Boyce: there's little of what we usually expect a town or village to have, but what there is, is all "there."
Update: Part 3 of Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy, 'The Mirror and the Light', will be published later this year. I think that will require a celebratory tour of all the houses used as settings for the BBC's 'Wolf Hall", don't you think?
For the first time, Edward Burne-Jones Briar Rose paintings will leave Buscot Park, the house for which they were painted, to join others of the artists works at the Tate Britain gallery, London, from October until February 2019. Read the whole story here .
When you block a person, they can no longer invite you to a private message or post to your profile wall. Replies and comments they make will be collapsed/hidden by default. Finally, you'll never receive email notifications about content they create or likes they designate for your content.
Note: if you proceed, you will no longer be following .