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I don't seem to have a spring icon - very remiss of me, because it's definitely spring. Today was a going-out-and-exploring day, and so I headed for my new most-local National Trust place - Stowe, which is about half an hour away. It was a not-sure day, all grey clouds with flashes of blue, and not cold but looking as if it should be...

The visitor centre is actually beside what was once basically the pub that catered for people going to visit Stowe's landscaped gardens - New Inn is all its called, but in fact they've done a lovely job of setting the rooms up just as I imagine they might have been. Look - Doyle left his jacket slung over the chairback while he had dinner with Bodie... *g*
DSC_3823 2017-03-19 StoweParlourJacket DSC_3828 2017-03-19 StoweTwoJackets
And their coats, hanging up beneath the stairs. I suspect they took rooms for the night, don't you? They may not have used them both, of course... *g*

I imagine one of them sitting down at this desk to pen an urgent note for London - to Cowley, of course... *g*
DSC_3831 2017-03-19 StoweWritingDesk DSC_3833 2017-03-19 StoweParlourKitchen
And the kitchen, where it all happened. Where what all happened? Well I don't quite know yet, but somehow it was such very strongly 1700s lads in this place that something must have happened... *vbg*

Here's the house itself, seen from the (long!) path from the New Inn.
DSC_3835 2017-03-19 StoweHouse DSC_3841 2017-03-19 StoweGardenFollies
It wound around the lake and the many follies and constuctions landscaped around...

There was a wee waterfall, with purple flowers...
DSC_3843 2017-03-19 StoweWaterfall DSC_3844 2017-03-19 StoweGardenDoor
...and a shadowy garden door in the woodlands...

I love the blue of these flowers...
DSC_3851 2017-03-19 StoweBlueFlowers DSC_3856 2017-03-19 StoweDaffs
...and the gorgeous yellow of the daffs!

Stowe house is actually a school (private, natch) but it was open for timed tours today, so I decided I should! My favourite room... *g*
DSC_3864 2017-03-19 StoweLibrary DSC_3865 2017-03-19 StoweLibraryBooks
The pics were taken upwards only, because it is actually the school library, and there were students at the desks (we were only allowed in briefly and quietly).

Stark lines and shining curves...
DSC_3869 2017-03-19 StoweHouseLines DSC_3870 2017-03-19 StoweChandelier

It was also - shades of MWnP - the school sports day, and there were refreshments being laid out for the parents and visitors (not us, unfortunately!)
DSC_3874 2017-03-19 StoweTeacups DSC_3877 2017-03-19 StoweMilkjugs
(Argh, I meant to straighten that first pic and forgot - now it's all uploaded and late at night and all...)

Just imagine this being your school - walking through these rooms just as a matter of course...
DSC_3878 2017-03-19 StoweDoorColours DSC_3881 2017-03-19 StoweDomeCorner'd definitely give you a particular view of the world, wouldn't it!

This is where the kids have dinner...
DSC_3898 2017-03-19 StoweSchoolDinners DSC_3899 2017-03-19 StoweSchoolHallway
...and here's a hallway...

I liked these figures at one of the windows, too.
DSC_3900 2017-03-19 StoweWindowFigures

Meanwhile outside, it was spring green - the other side of these blossoms was a golf course that the students clearly used at will! We saw what looked like Year 7s (11-12 years old) pulling golf carts around!
DSC_3901 2017-03-19 StoweGreenSpring DSC_3904 2017-03-19 StoweHouse
And another view of the house, across the water this time.

It was all nice and relaxing to wander around, like time out of time when there was nothing real to think about for just a while - lovely! And then I went and checked out a music shop (looking for a new fiddle teacher), braved Ikea but then didn't brave it after all, cos I couldn't face lugging home the size of the boxes I need, and then ventured into Waitrose and managed to come out having spent not much more than I meant to, this time. Honestly, supermarkets are deadly... Later I put in my first Riverford-here order, to try and avoid the supermarket-thing! And now I must to bed - I'm almost finished Jigsaw Puzzle, and after watching Runner last night, I carried on to watch A Hiding to Nothing tonight - it's nice to have some lads back in my world, too!

Date: 19/03/2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

MWnP ?

Stowe looks fab, my (really quite rubbish) school had cherubs in the eves over the balcony running along the assembly hall. People (I'm guessing not the teachers) stuck bubble gum up their noses!

Just off to fetch some water because I was asleep and now I'm not and I think, if I have a drink, I will be again.

Date: 20/03/2017 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
MWnP ?
MWaP, of course - Man without a Past. It was late when I posted.

Hope you slept well in the end.

Date: 20/03/2017 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Unfortunately not :0( but hopefully better tonight.

If I'd've been more awake, I might have got there on my own :0) But, given the pics, I thought MWnP was one of those lush historical AU's I tend to avoid!

Date: 19/03/2017 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Brilliant pics, and thank you for the lovely vicarious visit! I really like the lines and curves contrast (and actually the stark lines pic is my favourite of this set, I keep going back to look at it).

And you've reminded me I don't have a spring icon either - must remedy! I was out and about today oohing and aahing over the magnolia and forsythia and other blossomy stuffs. Forgot to take any pics though - doh!

Date: 20/03/2017 07:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! *g* You picked out my favourite picture too, which makes me happy. *g* I kept being grabbed by the clean lines glimpsed through doorways we went past - so perfect!

Doh for forgetting to take pics! We definitely need more spring pics around. Especially this morning - it's gone all grey and rainy here...

Date: 20/03/2017 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What a beautiful school--so lovely, I can't imagine rowdy students running about in those corridors.

I did like your AU glimpse of Bodie and Doyle.

Date: 20/03/2017 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The teenagers we saw were all very well-behaved - but then it was also school sports day, so probably best behaviour was required (and they're probably also reminded alot that the National Trust sends visitors through on a regular basis, too!) It was a gorgeous building though - such a place to go to school!

And hee - I liked my glimpse of AU Bodie and Doyle too - I just want more time to see them, now! *g*

Date: 20/03/2017 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Beautiful school and the interior d├ęcor is gorgeous. Definitely makes you think of the old days when people cared about appearances and reputations^_^

Does your Ikea not deliver? The one in my part of the world delivers but only after a few days and for a hefty fee.

Date: 20/03/2017 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It does make you think that, doesn't it - must have an effect on the kids.

Ikea does deliver - as you say, for a hefty fee, and making you wait in the meantime. I might actually resort to it this time though, cos I have a third item that is even bigger than the other two as well - and a fourth that apparently comes from a different warehouse, so would also be a slight nuisance to go and get..

Date: 21/03/2017 05:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We are affected by our environment. A run-down school won't motivate students to do better^^

That sounds difficult. Might be better to have them deliver. You hear too many stories about people getting hurt moving big pieces of furniture.

Date: 22/03/2017 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm always having to move big pieces of furniture - I rarely have anyone to do it for me! But I might succumb to a certain amount of laziness for three big pieces of furniture... I even briefly wondered about their "we'll-build-it-for-you" service, because I've built so much Ikea furniture in the last couple of years!

Date: 23/03/2017 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL! I don't have anyone to do it for me either. I often joke I want a boyfriend for these things! XD

Their "build it for you service" is good for bigger and/or more complicated pieces of furniture. I had them assemble a wardrobe and a 3-pieces corner Billy storage with glass doors. Two of them came and it was obvious that it needed 2 men to assemble and hold. It was expensive but in the end I was glad I shelled out for it.

Date: 20/03/2017 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
PS: why are supermarkets deadly??

Date: 20/03/2017 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Because I go in needing to buy some apples, and come out with several carrier bags of other stuff - and a much lighter purse than I'd meant to have!

Date: 21/03/2017 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I see what you mean. There's this new supermarket that opened here, Wholefoods, from the US. Very expensive but one can't help being curious and stepping into it!

Date: 22/03/2017 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh - Wholefoods! Another deadly one! *g*

Date: 20/03/2017 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
1700s lads sound wonderful! I'm all for AUs. *vbg*

You have daffodils and pretty blue flowers. *iz envious* We're still only on snowdrops here.

Stowe House looks wonderful. Love the garden door and those ornate ceilings.

Huzzah! for proper weekends off with added Pros-ness! :-)

Date: 22/03/2017 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The snowdrops seem to be over here - but then I hear that you're short of rain, whereas we seem to have had quite an amount... *g*

Stowe was very pretty - the photos practically took themselves! *g* And hurrah for weekends off - and our lads! *g*

Date: 23/03/2017 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It chucked down earlier in the week, and then was drizzly in the middle, so I suspect we're now doing alright on the rain-front here.

Today I noticed we have primroses to go with the snowdrops *iz happy*

Date: 20/03/2017 05:34 am (UTC)

Date: 22/03/2017 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! *g*

Date: 20/03/2017 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hee, selfportrait with books! I like your pics so much, and 1700 Lads even more!
But why does it have to be Cowley they're writing to?
I have no idea who else it could be, sadly....

Is it just my device or do the clouds look purply tinged? Whatever, it looks absolutely lovely!

I still find it funny that the stores at your place are open on sundays... what kind of gateleg table do you have in mind?
Thank you for taking us on this outing with you!! You do sound quite content and settled.

Date: 22/03/2017 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Hmmn - it should be Cowley because they work for him. They will always work for him... he owns them (but in a good way...!)

Clouds are often sort of purpley-tinged over here. Although now I'm worried that it's my eyes!

The gateleg table is this one at Ikea because it also has six drawers to store things... *g* I'm a bit worried it might still be too big though, cos even with only one side open it has to fit...

I don't really feel content and settled, I have to say - but my head knows that this is healthier for me than proofreading... I guess I felt like I chose the Annexe, whereas the Dairy wouldn't be my choice of place for various reasons (mostly to do with the way things work, or don't work!) and I know it's only temporary whereas I could have lived in the Annexe for as long as I'd pay rent... but hopefully I can save for something that's yet more "right"!

Date: 20/03/2017 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Those AU interiors are wonderful, just perfect for the lads (in appropriate dress, of course) on an undercover mission from Cowley ... *bg*
And the geometrical photo is my favourite too.

Date: 22/03/2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really liked the Parlour - it felt quite "real",somehow - and very suited to AU lads... *g*

And yeay for the geometric photo! It works somehow, doesn't it! *g*

Date: 20/03/2017 02:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]

What a fabulous place - and how posh to go to school there!

Thank you for the piccies - I always love your way of looking at things - those cups all laid out ready to serve tea are so wonderfully serene.

Waitrose does terrible things to my willpower - I go in for bread and salad and spend a tenner on fancy spices and such. *headdesk*

Isn't it lovely to be in a Laddish frame of mind? I seem to be gloriously obsessed right now - I blame Larton *g*

Date: 22/03/2017 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It would be amazing to go to school there - except that I suppose if one did, one would simply accept those surroundings as normal, and wonder why other people complained about school and so on... *sniffs slightly sniffily*

Larton has much wondrousness to answer for, doesn't it... *vbg* I'm so glad more people are getting to read it now!

Date: 20/03/2017 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What a gorgeous day you had - lovely photos!

Date: 22/03/2017 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was very relaxing just to be in "show-me-things" mode! And thank you! *g*

Date: 20/03/2017 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Snowe Gardens are really lovely. I especially like the garden door. But the school! Does make it easier to see why a certain class would grow up with certain expectations.

Date: 22/03/2017 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It really does make it easier to see why someone might grow up having no idea that life can be awful from the very outset - and that school isn't always something just annoying, but might also actually be unpleasant and not at all historic or beautiful...

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