1) One of my favorite things to do when out and about, is being among trees and looking up through their branches at a blue sky filled with soft, billowy clouds.
2) I have sometimes wondered what it would be like to live in a big fancy house such as Oatlands Plantation. Just wondered that is. Truth be told I would love an old rustic cabin (or a thatched cottage) in the woods.
3) When I was very young we knew a lovely couple long since gone. The friend of my dad's was a chauffeur to someone who lived in a much bigger house than this one, and much older. Whether the residents were part of the aristocracy, I have no clue. I remember visiting this couple when I was a child with my mum and dad and my sister. My dad would drive through the big gates and the driveway went on for a mile or so. He would joke about being invited to tea by the lord and lady of the manor, said in quite a serious tone, and we would laugh at the preposterousness of it, for as soon as we drew near that old mansion, there was a road that took us around the back where our friends lived on the estate. I remember chickens running around and again, truth be told, I can't remember if this is fact (about the chickens), but the memory of them seems to stick.
4) You can just make out an old wishing well in the photo below. The hole was covered in a heavy, wrought iron grid, but you could look down into the blackness. I wondered how deep it was. It seemed to go on forever.
5) Years ago we lived in Newport, Rhode Island, for about a year There were 'summer cottages' along the cliffs. You can see them here. I don't really remember much about them but maybe we'll go back and have a look again one day.
It certainly was a beautiful day when we visited Oatlands.
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Theresa at Good Fences
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beautiful rock wall and fencing atop it. i'd never make it living in such a grand place. :)ReplyDelete
It is a beautiful and well kept estate. Did you get to go inside? I can picture Scarlet O'Hara running out of the house and flouncing about. By now, we are too old for a big house. It's all I can do to keep ours clean. Huge houses mean more work, so for me they are just for looking at and admiring. What a nice memory you have of the upper crust!ReplyDelete
It is indeed very beautiful - but can you imagine cleaning a house of that size? And looking for something you mislaid? A cottage would suit this peasant much better.ReplyDelete
isn't it lovely lookiing back into our memorie to see what we can remember. Lovely blue skies and I love the stone wall with the white pillars.ReplyDelete
Excelente trabalho e belas fotografias.ReplyDelete
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.
what a place!ReplyDelete
That's also my favorite things to do. Looking up to the trees and sky. I love the buildings, the fences and I I am marveled at your good storytelling. Is it today also Sunny in your area? Best Wishes!!!ReplyDelete
the sky in all the pics is just awesome and the light was perfect. the photos are wonderful. i am with you, cottage or cabin and i want mine right in the middle of the first photo. when that opened, my first thought was this is what i love, i thought that before i read that you love it to... standing in the trees and looking up is a favorite thing to do and i do it every dayReplyDelete
Wonderful, beautiful series of photos!ReplyDelete
Yes, itwasapretty day for your visit. Oatlands Plantation is a beautiful place.ReplyDelete
I love visiting gorgeous homes and mansions like this one too Denise but I don't think I'd want to live like the aristocracy - a thatched cottage for me too!ReplyDelete
thanks for sharing your fond childhood memories - very special!
I like what you said about looking up at trees and seeing the sky and clouds, Denise! Your photos are magical!ReplyDelete
oh denise this is gorgeous...i too wonder what it would have been like to live this way...i really enjoyed the memories of your family friends and the way your dad would announce your visit :) when i see wishing wells like that it reminds me of that scene in cold mountain when nichole kidman looks down in the well to see inman coming back...great photos denise, i want to go there! thank you for linking to willy nilly, i will have it up at midnight!ReplyDelete
A good mix of reality and dreams in this post.ReplyDelete
Such a pleasure to wander with you and to hear your memories and thoughts, DeniseReplyDelete
It looks like a beautiful property!ReplyDelete
Denise ... you have really captured good skies, good fences and great recollections too!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed both reading and looking at this post very much. Thank you.
All the best Jan
Fabulous! What a gorgeous wall/fence! And I'm always looking up...the sky is forever changing! Beautiful photos! Hugs, DianeReplyDelete
What a beautiful place. The fencing is really nice and goes so well with the style of the home. I enjoyed reading your post.ReplyDelete
It looks like a grand place, but honestly (since you mentioned it) I prefer the much older manor houses in England. Even though they're probably impossible to heat and you're cold all winter long. I can understand your longing for a thatched cottage - my dream as well. With rambling roses all around it...ReplyDelete
I'm not sure I'd like to live in a place so huge, although I guess if you can afford the place, you can afford to have people clean it for you!ReplyDelete
P.S. Chickens running around are always amusing!
Sydney – City and Suburbs
Beautiful location and photos... love those fluffy clouds and blue sky!ReplyDelete
love the fence shots,those cloud are beautifulReplyDelete
Thanks for taking us on a visit to Oatlands. Gorgeous images. Have a great week!ReplyDelete