Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

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

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Beyond Limits at Chatsworth House

  1. I believe this must be a lovely place – even in more bad weather. I’m glad you have many more photos from there – and maybe of the art and gardens too?!

  2. I love the photo of the statue with the bird surveying its surroundings from such a fine vantage point. Really a noticeable difference once the urns are cleaned! Looks like you had a super visit, good exploration and a fine time!

  3. Thanks for such an interesting, and informative, post and terrific photos! xx

  4. I certainly do remember the last time you went to Chatsworth, because it prompted me and my family to do the same. That makes me a ‘reader with tenacity’, a label I am highly delighted to wear. However, last time we went, my son was in a wheelchair recovering from a knee operation, and actually this time, if we’d gone, he would have been in one again, following a further (fourth) operation. So really it is he who has the tenacity.

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