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The Lion of England
Image by failing_angel
Found in the Tudor Garden.
The golden lion, passant from William I, rampant under Henry II. and passant again from Richard I onwards. Henry VIII would have a golden lion as his dexter supporter and it was fully adopted from James I onwards.
Hampton Court’s original Tudor gardens were replaced by successive monarchs. This garden was recreated in the Chapel Court by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, opening in 2009 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne.
The garden holds the eight royal beasts – representations of the animals from Henry’s lineage.
The Beasts were decorated by Patrick Baty.
Hampton Court Palace began with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (c.1473-1530) acquiring what was then a grange from the Order of St John (the Knights Hospitaller) in 1514 and redeveloping it as a palace. The new palace included the Base Court (which included 40 guest lodgings), and the inner Clock Court (which had state apartments for Henry VIII, Katherine of Aragon and the Princess Mary). The palace was used for hosting state functions such as diplomatic visits as well as entertainments.
In 1529 Hampton Court passed to Henry following Wolsey’s downfall, at which point Henry built upon and developed an already substantial palace. The new complex included larger kitchens, a chapel and great hall, as well as tennis courts, a bowling alley and tiltyard. Starting less than 6 months of taking possession, Henry’s works weren’t complete until 1540.
Each of Henry’s heirs stayed at Hampton Court (indeed Edward VI was born there), although only Elizabeth I made any changes and those were relatively minor; this was similar under the Stuarts, with the next changes to the palace happening with William and Mary.
Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) was comissioned to design a new palace, but the cost of demolishing the existing building was too prohibitive, instead the east and south sides were rebuilt.
The last phase of construction happened with the Hanoverians, with Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) designing the Queen’s apartments under George I, and William Kent (c. 1685-1748) the Queen’s staircase and Cumberland Suite under George II.
The royal family left Hampton Court in 1737, after which time the palace became grace and favour apartments for a century, before being opened to the public by Queen Victoria.
Chippenham Park is a large country house with substantial gardens, lakes, woodlands walks and parkland dating back to the 17th Century. The spectacular gardens are open to the public several times a year from Spring through to Autumn.
The Park is also available for weddings, special events and photographic shoots.
The gardens received a top, two-star rating in the Good Gardens Guide 2010, placing them amongst the finest gardens in the country.
14th October Glorious Autumn colours and late colour in the borders. Famously delicious BBQ, Teas, Cakes and refreshments.
Chippenham Park was created at the very end of the 17th century as an ‘Anglo-Dutch’ designed landscape comprising canals, park, and formal gardens.
It was subsequently informalised by 18th and 19th century designers including William Eames and Samuel Lappidge. Chippenham Park contains a wealth of earthworks and waterways which relate to the parkland and garden landscapes and to the village settlement which pre-dated the park.
Features that have remained surprisingly static through history include the walled kitchen garden, the formal waterway on the east side of the park; and complex waterways south of the kitchen garden. Some of the trees, including those marking the original drive from the west.
The Gardens Now…
When Anne Crawely moved to the Chippenham Park estate in 1985 she immediately set about restoring and expanding what had once been a great garden.
There is now possibly the greatest display of snowdrops and aconites in East Anglia and the Spring Garden with its breath-taking display of daffodils, narcissi and shrubs stretches for half a mile around the lake. Additionally there are recently restored and cleared great canals created in the 18th century.
The summer garden has a huge display of nearly 500 roses and a generously stocked ‘Long Border’ of perennials and shrubs of about 250 metres in length. The ‘Wilderness’ is a wooded walk full of fascinating berrying trees and shrubs, some quite rare which has interest all year round.
Most recently she has created from dereliction a contemporary, formal garden in the old kitchen garden. This bold garden makes use of pleached pears, beech hedging, yew and lawn as well as a massive arched colonnade of leylandii to divide the 5-acre walled garden. The four quads feature large terracotta jars of Spanish and Greek origin set amongst grasses, a large earthwork mound and a theatre of yew.
At the North end of this garden is a substantial and beautiful house created from the old 18th century head gardener’s cottage and glasshouses.
Desktop Screenshot for Lifehacker
Image by pigpogm
*** The scribbled notes are *on* the desktop, they’re not explanations – it’s a Tablet PC. ***
A screenshot of the desktop of Moog, my Toshiba M200 Tablet PC, for the Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell pool.
It’s a bit on the self-referential side, because I only got the idea to do this after browsing the other desktops in the group.
It’s using the internal LCD panel, 1400×1050 resolution.
See notes for most info.
Main software used…
Windows XP Tablet PC Editon 2005 – catchy name. The only choice on a tablet, really. I’m a wannabe geek, so I really *want* to be a Linux user, but Windows does work pretty nicely, really.
Outlook – 2003 at the moment, but I may end up switching back to 2002 at some point, as it’s all I’m really licensed for these days. Running NewsGator at the moment to put all my RSS feeds in there too, but I usually end up switching back to Bloglines pretty soon after trying anything else.
Internet Explorer. I know, I can’t be *any* kind of geek if I’m not using Firefox, but 1.5 was using over 370Mb of physical RAM – I’ve only *got* 512Mb, and it wouldn’t give any of it up, so I’ve had to dump it again. Shame, really, it had just got going nicely on the tablet, with the new extension for tablets.
(Screenshot was converted and compressed with The GIMP – I use it for all my photo editing.)
The idea is this – keep anything relating to an active project or action (GTD style stuff) in the Outlook task for it, as attachments. When starting to work on something, drag the attachments out into one of the three numbered areas in the middle, and work on them. When done for the moment, drag ’em back to where they came from and erase any scribbled notes relating to them.
How well does it work? Dunno – only just set it up, not tried it yet.