Enjoying a little freedom

by Helen Hooker June. 08, 2020 560 views
The grounds of Wimpole Hall is also home to St Andrew's Church

The grounds of Wimpole Hall is also home to St Andrew's Church

While the National Trust place I work at hasn’t yet reopened, some of the other countryside properties near here have begun to welcome visitors again. Having prebooked my spot, I arrived at Wimpole this morning for a much needed stroll through the parkland.

It was a little odd being one of so few visitors there – they’ve had to restrict visitor numbers to maintain social distancing. However, it was wonderful to have the space and time to explore. I spent much of my time taking photos with my pinhole camera (I’ll publish those in a week or two when the negatives have been developed) but I also took some photos with my digital camera.

Most of the time I stuck with a wide angle lens, but I’d also taken my macro lens along in case I happened upon some insects. I found some iridescent green bugs among the oxeye daisies, although they were rather skittish. The longer lens also came in handy for the occasional sheep who wandered by!

The rest of the time I focused on the architecture – namely Wimpole Hall and the folly up on the hill. This apparent medieval ruin is nothing of the sort, but an eighteenth century creation, designed to be viewed romantically from the Hall!

8 June 2020

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Jim Hooker 1 year, 4 months ago

I like the ruin.  It reminds me of the "ruinette" at West Dean; a much smaller structure in a large shed, which was designed to be demolished by building conservation students who would then rebuild it so that it looked authentic.

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