The Wonders Around Us

The Wonders Around Us
Lady Bird
Image by thor_mark 
I noticed the flowers were out during an afternoon walk with my golden retriever. It was the last one I had with him to really enjoy. During these walks, I learned to discover the miracle of life in the little things we often walk by. Birds singing. Flowers in bloom. Wind blowing. Trees swaying. Most never notice these moments. I’m thankful for the perspective of life my puppy-dog taught me. Very thankful 🙂 I took this the next day on Sunday.

Sherborne Castle & Lakeside Gardens – lake – Sherborne New Castle

Sherborne Castle & Lakeside Gardens – lake – Sherborne New Castle
Shape of Water
Image by ell brown
The Estate of Sherborne Castle – grounds and gardens.

Going around the lake.

Views of the lake.

The current "castle" stately home – Sherborne New Castle.

Grade I listed.

Sherborne Castle, Castleton

ST 6416

Sherborne Castle
Country House in grounds. Late C16 rectangular central block with its angle
turrets, for Sir Walter Raleigh. Enlarged by the addition of the four wings
of 2 storeys with cellars and hexagonal towers in 1625 by Sir John Digby.
Alteration in the C17 and C18. Drastically restored in 1859-60 by G D
Wingfield-Digby. Rubble-stone walls, stuccoed, with freestone dressings.
Lead-covered roofs. Many ashlar stone stacks, both square and elongated
hexagonal, with moulded plinths balustraded and cornices. South front:
four storeys, with mannered gabling over the top-storey, and parapet with
the lower two divided by strings. 3 windows, cross-transomed stone mullion
windows of three, four, three lights, moulded cornices as labels over. Single
light windows each side of top window. South entrance: round-headed doorway,
framed by fluted Roman Doric half-columns supporting an entablature. Stone
achievement of arms of Digby, earl of Bristol. Panelled door. The flanking
hexagonal turrets have restored 2-light mullion-and-transom windows, and are
finished with plain parapets and heraldic beasts or chimney stacks. The north
front, similar to south front, restored doorway has an enriched entablature
with a 4-light window over, in place of the achievement-of-arms. The east
front of central block: 3 storeys with attics, finished with a shaped gable.
Restored mullion-and-transom windows. Flanking turrets each have a square-
headed doorway, north turret door blocked. The added wings are of 2 storeys
and 3 bays, finished with a balustraded parapet. Windows are c. late C17
insertions, square-headed with eaved architraves, console-brackets, entablatures
and pediments. Internally, to the courtyard are C19 mullion-and-transom windows.
Between the wings are balustraded stone screens with central entrance, flanked
by shell-niches, entablature and Digby crest. Interior: Geometrical C17 plaster
ceilings with various devices in the Red Drawing Room, Lady Bristol’s Room,
Green Drawing Room, Boudoir. Early C17 panelling, very extensive, behind the
Library bookcases, in the Oak Room (with enclosure). Lady Bristol’s Room. C17
and later fireplaces with overmantels, in the Red Drawing Room (Plate 94, (RCHM),
and the Green Drawing Room, both with achievement-of-arms of Digby in gadrooned
panels. In each of the hexagonal bays is a smaller fireplace with Corinthian
side columns supporting an entablature. The Library is lined with C18 Gothic
fittings; bookcases have ogee trefoil-headed arcading on clustered columns, with
circular spandrel niches containing busts. Coved arcaded cornice. The house is
unusual in its original plan, and extended plan.
(RCHM Dorset I, p.66(5))

Listing NGR: ST6491416404

1885 Schoolhouse, Tubac Presidio Historic Park, Arizona, USA

1885 Schoolhouse, Tubac Presidio Historic Park, Arizona, USA
School closures
Image by Crunchy Footsteps
1953 Brownie Hawkeye camera, about 2-sec exp, Ilford HP5 (400 ISO) processed in homemade Caffenol C (coffee-based developer) then scanned twice- once with a layer of translucent course-pulp paper, the two scans layered in Photoshop 6.

After 100 years of several desertions (due to Apache raids) and re-establishments, the town of Tubac had a large enough population to build a one-room schoolhouse in 1885. Several other rooms were added over the years, as the school operated til the early 1960s.

In it’s current preserved state, one can read the school rules and punishments on the blackboards, as well as school lessons. (the lessons were primarily given in Spanish) The desks have inkwell holders, and students’ scrawlings in the wood from over the years. There is a stage behind the mannequin teacher, and even an upright piano. The walls have deep cracks from years of settling. The room is very bright from large windows on both sides of the room.

A reenactment program is offered to children, where they can come to the school for a day of lessons in 1885.

The Tubac Presidio Historic Park is scheduled to close indefinitely in March, 2010, as part of Arizona’s 13 state park closures this year.