The Peak District – Chatsworth House on a Sunny Day

Chatsworth House on a sunny Day

Chatsworth House on a sunny Day - photography by Tania Metalli

Chatsworth House on a sunny Day - photography by Tania Metalli

Chatsworth House on a sunny Day - photography by Tania Metalli

Chatsworth House on a sunny Day - photography by Tania Metalli

Chatsworth House on a sunny Day - photography by Tania Metalli

Chatsworth House on a sunny Day - photography by Tania Metalli

Chatsworth House on a sunny Day - photography by Tania Metalli

Chatsworth House on a sunny Day - photography by Tania Metalli

Pine cones at Chatsworth House on a sunny Day - photography by Tania Metalli

Barry Flanagans's hare at Chatsworth House

Barry Flanagans's hare at Chatsworth House

After the rainy visit to Haddon Hall, we were pleased to discover that is always sunny (or almost sunny) at Chatsworth House.

You might find the place strangely familiar. Chatsworth has played the role of Pemberly, Mr Darcy’s house, in different adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. It might have actually been the original inspiration for Pemberly, as Jane Austen wrote the novel while visiting the area.

The house and the park that surround it host a large art collection, and I was pleased to find, among the ancient statues, one of Barry Flanagan’s Hares. In the most appropriate setting.

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Mini Saga n.6 – The Bride

A Failed Escape - Mini Saga n.6 by Tania Metalli

I was surrounded as soon as I reached the corner. The dress gave me away.
I had climbed down the ladder placed outside my window and torn the delicate lace in the process.  Now I had some explaining to do.
Instead I struck a pose and smiled for the cameras.

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Mini sagas are short, self-contained stories, of exactly 50 words. I’m using them as a way to practise storytelling. Sometimes inspired by a photograph, other times they are the inspiration for images, to complement the stories.

The Peak District – Haddon Hall on a Rainy Day

Haddon Hall exterior  view - photography by Tania Metalli

Haddon Hall roaring fire in the main hall - Photography by Tania Metalli

Haddon Hall exterior view - photography by Tania Metalli

Haddon Hall interior view - photography by Tania Metalli

Haddon Hall exterior - Photography by Tania Metalli

Haddon Hall exterior - Photography by Tania Metalli

Haddon Hall interior view - photography by Tania Metalli

Haddon Hall exterior view - photography by Tania Metalli

Haddon Hall exterior view - photography by Tania Metalli

Haddon Hall in the rain - photography by Tania Metalli

Last month we were off to the Peak District for a few days. A lot of walking around, visiting a couple of mansion houses, some rain, a bit of sun…the usual.

The day we decided to visit Haddon Hall, it was pouring down! From Bakewell, where we stayed, we made our ways through the woods, and got there just as the rain was getting heavier.

We took shelter at the cafe to warm up and dry a bit before entering the house, where the fire had been lit, making the place warm and cozy. I wished I could have spent the rest of the day curled up on the sofa, reading a book. Or watching the rain outside the window.

I have to admit that the wet weather didn’t take anything off the beauty of the place. Actually in a way the greyness suits the place, adding to the already gothic atmosphere.

The house has been used as the set for different film adaptations of Jane Eyre, as well as playing the part of Humperdinck’s Castle in The Princess Bride. Just to name a few.

Luckily the day after, when we went to Chatsworth it was lovely sunny.

But that’s a story for another day.

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Window Shopping on the River Tyburn

Ancient Gods in Antiques shop window

Colourful China in antiques shop window - photography by tania metalli

Hats and trimmings in millinery shop - photography by tania Metalli

Jams and conserves in delicatessen shopping window - photography by tania metalli

Wooden boat, textile and us, on shopping window - photography by Tania Metalli

Graphic Black and white shoes in shopping window

There are secret rivers in London, flowing underneath the streets. Their presence hinted only by the names of the roads running above them, which often have watery connotations.

Nick and I have been following some of those rivers lately. Usually on sunday afternoons, when we are overcome by the strange desire to go and explore less known parts of London (unknown to us at least), making sure to avoid the busy, touristy bits. Which we’ve managed quite easily.

The fact with these walks is that often, well, there’s not much to see, they are not really scenic. The rivers are underneath our feet, you can’t see them or hear them. Nothing at all. Just the awareness that they are indeed there.

Mostly we walk around looking up at all the different architectural styles that make London so fascinating.

While following the river Tyburn, which runs through Marylebone and Mayfair, we walked past many interesting shops. Some selling antiques from different times and countries, others packed full of jams and conserves I didn’t even know existed.

But the real showstopper was those shoes.

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Mini Saga no. 5 – The Sleeping Wall

The Sleeping Wall - a compulsion to create

The wall asked me the question – which with all the creepers was hard to understand. 
I spoke the formula and the vines slowly untangled to reveal three faces, eyelids softly closed in a peaceful expression. 
Finally, one of them opened its eyes with a smile and let me in. 

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Mini sagas are short, self-contained stories, of exactly 50 words. I’m using them as a way to practise storytelling. Sometimes inspired by a photograph, other times they are the inspiration for images, to complement the stories.