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Beyond Limits at Chatsworth House

A Sunny Day and a Dash of Sculpture

The sun did shine yesterday,  I went with Mr Uphilldowndale and Spud the dog* to see the Beyond Limits a ‘selling exhibition’ of contemporary sculpture in the grounds of Chatsworth house, it was luck rather than forethought that meant we turned up on the sunniest day for weeks.

Chatsworth House has a long history of artistically punctuating  it stunning gardens and vistas with works of art.

Chatsworth House Robin-1

So I’ve a heap of photos to share, it will probably take me all week. Readers with tenacity will remember I’ve been to Chatsworth before, a couple of years ago.

Chatsworth house itself is swathed in plastic whilst it has a bit of a wash and brush up.

Chatsworth House -1

It looks like a big job and after having had our house roof redone last year, a job and a bill the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire are welcome to!

I can only think when the covers come off the house is going to bright enough to be seen from three counties away; look see, compare and contrast the cleaned and freshly gilded urns peeping out above the covers, compared to the  lonesome unwashed one

Chatsworth House before and after-1

The Devonshires have always had a capacity vision and budget to think big,  and make the grand gesture, take the avenue of trees in this shot

Family house Deybshire, stunning view to open countryside -1

and here; note the two blocks of green, just below the band of trees on the skyline.

Chatsworth landscape-1

Visibility wasn’t the clearest, but perhaps you can make out the letters ER within the block of trees?

ER Chatsworth -1

The trees were planted to mark Queen Elizabeth’s II  coronation  a grand gesture indeed.

* dogs are allowed in the garden on a lead

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