Tuesday, 7 March 2006

On the subject of weddings !

Can you imagine how I felt when I saw this lovely graphic that  Donna made ?This is Stourhead gardens in Wiltshire .The house was built and the gardens started in 1714 by Henry Hoare of the well known banking family .The 'Temple' that can be seen in Donna's picture is a replica ,though smaller of the Pantheon in Rome .

 To visit Stourhead,you first pass the Inn 'The Spread Eagle' ,a hosteliery,some two hundred years old ,now suitably refurnished ,where the wedding reception was held ,Down a gentle slope to the little Church where Derek and Tricia got married ,going on down the path and round to your right its possible to walk right round the gardens,taking in such things as the temple of Flora, on  then a grotto,with a spar water spring ,right on to the opposite side of the lake we have a rest at the Temple and look at the view from the other end ,Its a Beautiful place and I would recommend anyone in the area to visit ,as I have numerous times ,its lovely in spring time (Derek got married in May ),but Ive been there when its been frosty too ,and its still a magic place.

Tricias Mother and Father lived  in a little place called Maiden Bradley at that time and the church was their  parish church ,all of Dereks three boys were christened there ,a truly lovely lovely area of this lovely country of ours .We all had a lovely day ,nearly eighteen years ago,and rather than all go down in seperate cars ,I organised transport for I think there was twenty of us ,the coach company promised a mini bus ,but on the day ,a great big coach turned up ,imagine the people the other end as our 'bus' pulls up with all Dereks relations ,pouring off it ,We travelled more comfortably nearly having a seat each ,that too was the first time I saw Stone Henge ,What a lovely day !and another lovely wedding ...... 

                                                           And another signature,from dear Sandra ,I was able to use! Thankyou x            

15 comments:

sdrogerson said...

what a lovely looking place...................

ally123130585918 said...

Those pictures are awesome Jan and love the wedding ones especially taken from the other side with Bride and Groom standing near a tree ~ how nice they sent a Coach to take you all there ~ and you all had a comfortable ride ~ Ally

mmaubern said...

Such beautiful photos

aniracj said...

Lovely pics!!! I can't wait for the 'official' photos of Angela & Brian's day, we had a special one done with just Angela, Kevin, Alfie, their Dad and Me which I thought would be a special one for posterity.....the one and only other time we would all be photographed together, I think, since our divorce 20 years ago!!

jaymact1 said...

I thought you were going to saythe pictures  were abroad somewhere maybe in France I was so surprised.  Beautiful spot. Love Joan.

msecz said...

Oh my gosh that was a wedding dreams are made of .... So beautiful and the brides dress was perfect. Thanks for sharing your beautiful family in pictures with us. Sandra

labdancer51 said...

That is so beautiful Jan, what a romantic location with such lovely surroundings, simply a dream wedding.  I had to laugh at the pint of beer behind the tree though....lol!  :o)

Sandra xxxx

madcobug said...

Very beautiful photos and a dream spot to have a wedding. Helen

haileen2003 said...

Wow! what a 'Fairy Tale' Place, lovely photos. and thank you for sharing..
Aileen...X

oddb0dkins said...

Nice place Jan, and excellent photographs. Thanks for sharing. B. x

nightmaremom said...

I am so glad you find so many uses for my graphics.  I loved reading the history on this one.  Feel free to share my link when using them :)
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http://journals.aol.com/nightmaremom/Thisandthatandhockey/

kategshepherd said...

Wow! That certainly was a blast from the past. I hadn't seen those photos for ages. At the time we all thought that we looked the bees' knees. Look at us now ah! The scenery is still lovely though. It must be the week for weddings - the wedding on saturday was gorgeous and both joan and her daughter looked absolutely beautiful. I remember mum and myself having pictures taken together and will now have to dig those out. Been married 16 years this April and can still remember the happy day.

nedmoh said...

Hi Jan, What a lovely day we all had at the wedding, in a truely beautiful place.We had some laughs on the coach didn't we.Great to see the photos again to bring back happy memories.Did you know Donna was going to make the graphic of Stourhead Gardens?Such a very pretty area.Loved the Janet graphic too.......Love Jeanxx

jeanno43 said...

What a truly wonderful graphic.  Thank you for sharing your stories of the place.

http://journals.aol.co.uk/jeanno43/JeannettesJottings/

jmoqueen said...

Lovely photos looks like a lovely place to visit :-)