Friday, 16 November 2012

The Weekend in Black and White... and Out and About at Chatsworth

Horse sculpture at Chatsworth.


Yesterday I went to Chatsworth again (no this isn't going to turn into a rip-off of Rebecca).  For those of you not aware of what or where it is, it's a beautiful stately home in the equally beautiful Peak District of Derbyshire, and has been home to the Dukes of Devonshire since 1549.  There was a Christmas market on near the house so it was packed with visitors, but the gardens were empty enough to content me and my camera.  As for the gardens, well you know how Elizabeth Bennett fell in love with Mr Darcy after seeing the grounds at Pemberley?  Visit Chatsworth and you'll understand why.


Chatsworth
Chatsworth with the Emperor Fountain in full flow...

The Cascade backed by autumn colour...

Cascade
View from the top of The Cascade to the house and beyond...


Bridge
The bridge you drive over to get into Chatsworth...


Fountain
The Emperor Fountain again...

The Grotto...


14 comments:

RuneE said...

Absolutely a gorgeous place for a camera. Autumn in full "bloom" in such a place looks a dream.

Ruth said...

Gorgeous photos, as always. I haven't been to Chatsworth in years.

Laloofah said...

Please add Chatsworth to Batsford and any and all old cemeteries on my list of places you simply MUST take me and my camera when I come visit. :-)

These photos are nothing short of gloriously breathtaking. It's impossible to choose a favorite - they're all favorites - but I most want to spend hours soaking in that view of the Cascade, then strolling across that beautiful bridge and spending further hours in the Grotto. Imagine being a Duke of Devon. Did they know how fortunate they were to live in such a gorgeous place? Probably too busy engaged in political intrigue, slaughtering the poor critters who lived in those woods, and exploiting the peasant classes to notice, but damn. I'd love to live in such a place! (The grounds, not the house - a cute cozy, thatched cottage would have been perfect!) :-)

Though we took in as much of your lovely country as we could on our two visits, we knew we had missed much. But your photos always show me clearly just HOW much, and make me long to return. Can someone feel homesick for a place they've never lived (at least not in this incarnation?) Because that's how your photos make me feel!!

Barbara said...

Many thanks - you make me feel that the English Tourist Board should be paying me Laurie :O)) Of course we'll go to Chatsworth as well as Batsford - didn't I tell you that Derbyshire was beautiful? :O)

Lucy said...

Lovely house picture and of grotto.

HansHB said...

Lovely serie of photos! Great reflections and the B&W version is good too!

Bia Hain said...

Estou simplesmente de boca aberta! Lugar encantador! Belas fotos, um abra├žo!

O mirante da imagem

Monica said...

Wow! Such a beautiful place, and your photos are all excellent!
:)

Tezzie said...

Wowza! What a magnificently stunning place. You got some incredible photos...and, love your 'dreamy' processing <3

Dragonstar said...

How absolutely beautiful! I came for the black and white and find myself drooling over the colour! My favourite is the third colour, with those wonderful water drops.

Laloofah said...

Yes they certainly should, and yes you certainly did! And you weren't fibbin'.

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Wonderful post!

Kicki said...

Beautiful pictures...and your school of history:) I would like to visit the place!

William Kendall said...

That is beyond spectacular! Thanks for sharing!

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