I stopped off in the village of Lacock on my way to Bath today. Lacock is a quaint little village, owned by the National Trust, and you really do feel as though you??ve stepped back in time as you walk along the narrow streets which are lined with tiny stone cottages. It??s a popular film location and has featured in many TV series and films. One of its most recent starring roles was as Godric??s Hollow in the last Harry Potter film. After a stroll around the village I visited Lacock Abbey which is best known as the place where Henry Fox Talbot developed the Calotype photographic process in 1834. I spent a happy half hour in the Abbey??s botanic garden shooting close ups of the flowers before heading into its atmospheric cloisters for some architectural photography.

Lots of the doors in the village had interesting letterboxes - these two were my favourites.

I even persuded one of the feline residents to pose for me in honour of Caturday!

Our Housemartins have long since left the nest but the Lacock ones seem to be a little more reluctant to leave home. There were to youngsters in this nest but I couldn't persude them to both pop their heads out at the same time for my camera!

The flowers in the Abbey's botanic gardens were still looking beautiful, even if I did have a tough time getting them to stay still in the breeze!

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This room, the Chapter House, apears in the first Harry Potter film where Harry discovers the Mirror of Erised.

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    • # Jannie

      Congrats on the FP!!! Beautiful shot of the little bird. I am partial to the black cat shot, very cute!!

      2011.09.30 Reply Cancel

    • # Jasphotology

      really loved your 4th and 5th photo there. 4th was cute and the composition and colours in the 5th was great!

      2011.09.30 Reply Cancel

    • # Jay

      Congratulations on the recognition: I think all your pics are that good.

      2011.09.30 Reply Cancel

    • # Ray

      Congratulations! So cute. ( Perhaps the other one saw the cat!!!)

      2011.09.30 Reply Cancel

    • # Artbee

      Congratulations on your FP featured photo Helen!
      There are so many wonderful shots in this set. I especially like the last one.

      2011.09.30 Reply Cancel

    • # Neil

      Congrats on the FP !! Loved the whole set !! The cat and house martin was a plus !!

      2011.09.30 Reply Cancel

    • # Joe

      Congratulations on having your photo selected for the Feature Page. Great shot.

      2011.09.30 Reply Cancel

    • # Sara G

      Great post..I love the cat shot as much as the winning martins! Congrats Helen!

      2011.09.30 Reply Cancel

    • # Felecia

      Yay! I am so happy to see this sweet little creature as the FP today! Congratulations Helen!!!

      2011.09.30 Reply Cancel

    • # Felecia

      What a fantastic, diverse set Helen! Sorry I'm so far behind. It seems to be a perpetual state these days.

      2011.09.28 Reply Cancel

    • # Sadhya Rippon

      Did you discover the fig tree against the wall of the abbey? I remember gorging myself on the luscious fruit!

      2011.09.25 Reply Cancel

    • # Lynda

      a lovely set and I remember a flying visit to Lacock on our way to Devon in July.

      2011.09.24 Reply Cancel

    • # Josy

      I'm under the spell of your exploration and the rooon on your last photo is simply luxurious :warm colors, magnificent perspective and beautiful impression of serenity !

      2011.09.24 Reply Cancel

    • # Justmeg

      oh wow! I'm intrigued by your exploration! great set to go with such an interesting story!

      2011.09.24 Reply Cancel

    • # Olga Helys

      Great angles and nice textures in #1,2
      Lovely in #4
      Perfect in the last one (lighting, architectural structure)

      2011.09.24 Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Lovely collection of interest and color, the perspective in the last one!

      2011.09.24 Reply Cancel

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