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Sanctuary Or Prison? Kew Palace (1631) Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey.

27-09-2007 · Comments (21)
Categories: Diana  Kodak Portra 400VC  

Shit, it was even colder today! Not complaining, just an observation, sunny and beautiful just as autumn mornings should be and to add to it I was able to ease my way into the day gently. As you know I only work 4 hours a day, I like to think that I am such a good worker that they only need me for four because of my work rate. The harsh reality is I am a lazy SOB and don't seem to be able to find anybody willing to employ me for a full day. Anyway, we had a staff meeting today in the afternoon so I changed and started at one....damn fine it was too.
The late journey home also meant that I caught the beautiful late afternoon light which was so beautiful...low sun, long wonderful shadows. Managed to get a few Holga shots and stuff my face full of a few apples picked along the way. Shit they will be gone soon, I seem to have been eating them for months, I guess it is as I started when they were green and so sharp. Soon I'll have to resort to eating grass or licking wooden posts.

Ah Kew Gardens, what a wonderful place it was. This image is from the trip there back in July. The weather was so kind to us for our first visit to Kew Gardens. 300 acres of wonderful gardens, buildings, glass houses, trees, flowers. Did I mention the trees? I love trees but to see so many species in one place and for them to be such wonderful specimens.......fantastic! Here is a potted history of the place. It is also so bloody large you could go back every season and see something new. I enjoyed every moment...just in case you hadn't sensed that!
The image, oh yes. It is of the rear of Kew Palace. It is the oldest surviving building within the Gardens, built in 1631 and was the family home of George III and Queen Charlotte and was the setting for many personal family dramas that made history.
The palace is well known as sanctuary for King George III during his bouts of illness, presumed as 'madness' but now known to have been porphyria. Queen Charlotte, his devoted wife, spent her last days at 'dear Kew' before she passed away in her bedroom at Kew Palace. And two of their sons, including the Duke of Kent, father to the future Queen Victoria, were married in the first floor Drawing Room.
Most recently the palace hosted the private 80th Birthday party of HM The Queen in April 2006.
I guess I ought to give you an aerial view of the palace. This is a view from the back.

I'm what you found
I'm upside down
You're in the air
I'm what you found
I'm upside down
You're in the air
I'm what you found
I'm upside down
You're everywhere
You're in the air
And I am breathing you

Listening to: "You're In The Air" (Up) - R.E.M.

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