Monday, June 26, 2006

Stowe

Sunday we went to Stowe, a place we had heard much about but had never visited. We went with son-in-law Jeff and grandchildren Isobel and Spike and we had a great time. Picnic under the trees, exploration around numerous mock-temples, ending up with ice cream. (An aside, never mention at the beginning of the day a treat that is intended for the end of the day!)

Stowe

Lots of photos, mostly of family, with a few of Stowe itself. With two young'uns in tow it was difficult to focus too much on the history and grandeur of the place - better to simply enjoy the scenery - but this was clearly one of the great English country houses. The building and part of the grounds form the famous and exclusive Public School while the National Trust looks after the rest of the gardens. Plenty of space to roam with incredible vistas. Until I find out more, it is enough to say that the owners endowed the place with superb landscaping supplemented by numerous follies or faux structures including temples that reflect various ages past. The most bizarre must surely be the gothic temple. Another feature was a series of busts reflecting great people of British history, the Worthies. While a few famous scientists were depicted, it was easy to see the fawning nature of the display as several monarchs were included in the list (clearly you can tell from this that I am a republican at heart!)