Thursday, 19 May 2011

Tapestries and Trees at Hopetoun House

Today I went on an adventure to Hopetoun House for a regional meeting of the British Tapestry Group.
Hopetoun House is a grand property with lavish gardens. Textile conservator Alison Docherty treated us to a behind the scenes look at the how the tapestries are cleaned and conserved. It was fascinating to see how the tapestries are restored to improve appearance and help to prevent any further damage.
After a very pleasant lunch, in what was originally some very fancy stables, I went for a walk around the grounds. The estate is vast, varied and quite spectacular.
When I see bluebells carpeting the floor, it makes me think of the The Magic Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton. And I wonder if this table and chairs are for a teddy bears picnic?
I love the contrast of the landscape with the forth road bridge in the background. A bridge I can not look at with out thinking of the 39 steps!

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