"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Sioux under General


Back at a regular client, with a very secluded little garden, I decided to attempt start trails again, and waited patiently for a clear, cloud and rain free moonless night. I wanted to take multiple images and stack them to get the desired result. Practice makes perfect! A way to go still, but I’ll get there.  


The garden is small and quaint, but very pretty.

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One evening, I was asked to take her up to the Preshaw Estate, within the South Downs National Park, where she lived while married. The estate has its own chapel, built in 1864, and it was to this same chapel that I was asked to take my client for the monthly evening service of ‘compline’ or night prayers. The English word compline is derived from the Latin completorium, meaning the completion of the working day. 

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All the plaques on the wall under the windows are coffin tops which were found in the chapel

                                                               The estate, known as Preshaw, was granted to

                                                               Sir William Paulet in 1542 after the 

                                                               suppression of Hyde Abbey. It changed hands

                                                               in 1720, and some renovations were done, 

                                                               with the addition of two gables. Between 1810

                                                               – 1826, areas of parkland were created and in

                                                              1870 an avenue of beech trees was planted, 

       lining the long driveway from the main road to the house. In the early 19th century, a set of rooms was added that doubled the width of the house. 

After changing hands in 1898 and again in 1901 and 1918, the Manor became the seat of the Baronetcy of Upham.

The farm and parkland surrounding the house remain in the ownership of the family, after, in 1986 the manor house was sold to developers for conversion into eight apartments. Despite this, the house has retained much of its character. The outbuildings have been converted to private housing, almost creating a small hamlet, and the feel of a self-contained community.  

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From this client, I was headed up to Liverpool, to my other home-from-home regular client, and some R&R time in between. New places, new faces, new fun and loads of new exploration!

 A bird feeder in the garden gave both myself and my client loads of enjoyment. And our feathered friends thoroughly enjoyed the offerings each day!

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2 responses to “Back to work at my home from home”

  1. cheryl says:

    Awe… i love this! Birds are my 2nd favourite after Giraffes!

  2. Pauline Smith says:

    I still want that chair ….
    Beautiful colours in the garden and the birds are always entertaining.

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