Friday, 23 September 2016

The other day we drove over to Dunster and had a look around the castle again...


National Trust Dunster Castle (click link)

















sorry if some of these pictures are repeated from a previous post I did, but just had to take these pics as I wandered around...

this is one of two lamp stands in the main hall, they are each side of the fireplace.  When I took the second photo from a wider view, sadly the light from the lamps shone too much, but I hope you get the idea of the scale of these



(see, it all went a bit fuzzy)


didn't take photos of every room, but I thought this bedroom was lovely....


 and how is this for a snooker table



and the Library, where I was able to sit for a few minutes and sketch.  You see the blue wallpaper - it's referred to as Cordelova (click link)





This time I took photos of one of the kitchens.  Compared to the rest of the property which is old, this was very modern (well, for it's time - the 1950's)  It was decided by the National Trust to show the public this and I'm so glad they opened it up instead of shutting it away.



 who remembers formica folding tables?!



the radio on the left was playing appropriate music for the era too and I took a small video of the room












It was a good view from the kitchen sink.  In fact another visitor commented on it, but I rather burst her bubble on that one - she said how lovely it would be to have a view whilst washing up, I pointed out that if you were washing up, you would be too busy with the dishes to look at the view.  She was a little up herself about that and remarked that she had a dishwasher anyway and she made off fairly promptly, lol.


This was the conservatory on the way out...lovely



 A walk around the gardens was a must....I LOVE this bridge


 





another bridge



It wouldn't be a trip out if I didn't do some sketches



 Tonal sketches really aren't about detail, they are about tones
and from these I'll be able to do some paintings

 and then we stopped in nearby Minehead, 
where
yes,
I sketched





 and the lads



Yes, we all had a good day out.



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