Are you sitting comfortably?

Humpty Dumpty surveys the scene at National Trust-owned Wimpole Hall near Cambridge. I have noticed that the National Trust staff are quite fond of scarecrows and nursery rhyme characters!

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Short Back and Sides

This chap was demonstrating the ancient art of sheep shearing with hand clippers at Wimpole Hall, near Cambridge, today.

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Bad Hair Day

"I know you're there somewhere, darling, but I can't quite see you at the moment ..." Sheep waiting to be sheared with hand clippers at the National Trust-owned Wimpole Hall near Cambridge.

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Low-Tech Ticket Machine!

A refreshingly low-tech ticket machine at Allan Bank, Grasmere, one of the most recent National Trust properties to be opened to the public. Wordsworth, who once lived here, would have been quite at home with this level of technology, methinks!

Come on baby, light my fire!

Ancient bellows in one of the barns at Sizergh Castle.

Forbidden steps

These stone steps at Sizergh Castle in the English Lake District appear to lead nowhere. But perceptions can be misleading! "The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs." ~ Dr. Vance H. Havner

Ancient barn steps

I shouldn't think there was a hand rail up these steps when the barn was first built! This fabulous old barn forms part of the outbuildings at Sizergh Castle in the English Lake District.

Creepers, crenellations and chimneys

A shot of some of the different rooflines at Sizergh Castle.

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Sizergh Castle

Home for centuries to the Strickland family, who still live there, Sizergh Castle near Kendal is now owned by the National Trust.
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