To really feel a forest canopy one must use different senses, and often the most useful one is the sense of imagination.” ~ Joan Maloof
This weekend our photo challenge over on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is The Tree. It’s also our final challenge of 2019. Gerry will be back to present our first prompt of the year on January 1st 2020!
Last weekend, eldest daughter Victoria and I enjoyed our annual Christmas visit to Harewood House, just a few short miles from our home and where this year’s theme is ‘Animation’.
The visit to Harewood prompted a complete rewrite of my previously written and scheduled response to our challenge ‘The Tree’. Instead I’ve focused upon our visit to Harewood.
How could anyone resist taking photos of the book tree in the magnificent library? Such an extraordinary tree, adorned with Christmas baubles and built entirely from donated books from the Used Book Shop, what a clever idea.
I wondered if it was their intention to take the books back to their roots to remind us of where the pages began, or was it simply a ‘novel’ way of decorating the library? And did you notice those unique decorations that were strung around the room, skillfully created from pages of damaged books that couldn’t be used in the Book shop?
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This year the Harewood theme was – ‘A Night at the Mansion House’ with talking statues and paintings that were having a gossip, meanwhile, below stairs, the dishes had rather a lot to say! Take a look below.
We’ve not quite finished with the trees, have a look at these next ones
In the tree-lined ballroom I spotted a beautiful mirror image
Then it was time to take a peek below stairs
The tranquility of the servants hall, candlelit with naked trees lining the walls, and a simple plainly adorned dining table was in stark contrast to the large light kitchen with its embellished festive table and seasonal plants drying out on the fabulous old range and a Christmas tree complete with wicker gifts.
Would I recommend a visit? Absolutely I would.
All that remains is to say is Happy Christmas one and all and a very Happy New Year.
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge The Tree from Weekly Prompts.