Julia and I took a couple of days off work last week, and along with
paying Chatsworth House a visit in the snow (see earlier photos), the
following day we paid Castle Howard a visit too.
Never been here before, but been meaning to for a long time, it's the Yorkshire equivelent to Chatsworth - huge sprawling stately home with beautiful landscaped gardens.
I was a bit worried on the drive over things might be looking a bit "patchy" on the snow front - the melt was well and truely underway along the sidings of the M1 motorway at the start of the journey, but as we got closer there was still a hearty covering of snow over everything (infact the gardeners were scraping it off the top of the hedges - hence it looks a bit more scrappy on the left of the photo compared with the right - the amount of snow was bowing the hedges out of their perfectly manicured shape!)
Similar to Chatsworth there'd been a lot less visitors than we'd assumed - still pristine un-trodden snow abounded! Infact while taking a tour of the house one of the staff pointed out where the lake was near the house - you couldn't actually see it - so probably a good job they pointed it out!
This shot was taken towards the end of the day after taking a tour of the house - we exited to see the start of a beautiful sunset (that was directly to my left here) - while it might have been nice to have the firey sky directly behind the house, i think having the subtle reflected light from it on the clouds and house makes for a nicer photo anyway.