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Arley Hall and Garden - Ilex Avenue and Hydrangeas

Arley Hall and Gardens in October

First published in my original blog October 2012 Arley Hall is one of my favourite places in Cheshire. Its gardens are a delight throughout the year, but the historic double herbaceous borders must be the climax of any visit, rewarding you with a dazzling display of profuse colour at the

Residential Photography Course

I’m delighted to be working with the very talented photographer and trainer Jane Burkinshaw, on a new residential photographic training course, taking place in North Wales later this autumn. Called ‘Get creative with your camera – How to unlock the potential of your D-SLR’, the three day, two night course

Portmeirion - Pantheon from The Central Piazza


First published in my original blog October 2012 In many ways the village of Portmeirion couldn’t be more Welsh. It’s located in the ancient county of Gwynedd, in the village and community of Penrhyndeudraeth, and on the estuary of the River Dwyryd. Yet when you enter Portmeirion you are transported

Tatton Park - Mansion

Stately Homes for Photographers – Part Two

This is the second in a series of posts featuring what I think are wonderfully photogenic stately homes – all well worth a visit. Here are three more of my favourites heritage destinations, Montacute House, Sezincote House and the mansion at Tatton Park. I will provide details of more historic

Slad - Rosebank

Laurie Lee – In Search of His Roots

First published in my original blog October 2012 Travel writer, Paul Murphy, is about to embark on an epic journey across Spain, much of it on foot. He will be following a path already trodden by one of the 20th century’s most popular authors – and over the summer I

Powis Castle - Terrace in October

Powis Castle in October

First published on my original blog in October 2012 Earlier this week I decided to take a trip with my camera to one of my favourite places, the National Trust’s beautiful Powis Castle. It was a bleak, breezy, rainswept morning but the weather forecast indicated this would pass and be

Rode Hall - Kitchen Garden, Flowers and Cottage

Gardens for Photographers – Part Three

While immaculately designed planting schemes of bulbs, shrubs, trees, bedding and herbaceous perennials may be traditionally associated with our great country house gardens, their other important role was to produce top quality fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the property owners. Here are three top gardens in Cheshire featuring walled

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