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April 12, 2010

Old Castles, Spring Gardens and Stella McCartney's Crystal Horse Pt. 1

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Today we took advantage of a gorgeous spring day and went off to explore some of the beautiful Northumberland countryside. We drove to Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and I think I may have stumbled upon paradise. (I thought I found it when I went to Maui but it seems to exist way up here in the north east of England, too.) I just got a new camera and this was the perfect place to try it out, the gardens were spectacular and flooded with mid-afternoon sunlight. 

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A room in the cellar of Belsay Hall, an early 19th century mansion

 
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Belsay Castle. The turret part of the castle is 700 years old

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And this image below is a bit of a teaser, I have so much more to show from this piece and the project itself. It's an installation conceived by Stella McCartney as part of a project involving thirteen British creatives that was commissioned by English heritage to transform Belsay in 2004. More on that tomorrow!

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All photos by Denise Grayson

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Comments

Oh that crystal horse, love love it!

Eek, I'm jealous you had a castle visit!

Oooh gorgeous!

I've never been there, I love wandering round old castles.

Look forward to reading more about that amazing horse!

wow...what a beautiful place....something about castles...no?

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