Polesden Lacey (National Trust):- Monday 24th September 2018.
Sickness (and meetings with the Builder) struck the early car, so the “Dream Team” of Steve Stringer, Ray Waters and Chris Wooldridge were all removed from occupying the M25 at 5:00am and subsequently taking pictures at the National Trust Property in Polesden Lacey.
The more sensible Photofold members left the general Essex area at ~ 8:00am and were therefore able to arrive at the Property situated in the Surrey Hills at ~9:30, only to find the doors shut. Weather upon arrival however could best be described as Idyllic – Picture postcard fluffy clouds and bright sunlight – so to make the most of this rare opportunity, upon arrival the 11 Strong group diverted straight into the Cafeteria for a coffee.
The Building opened at 11:00 but access to the grounds was available from 10:00, so the members split into smaller groups and went off to compose their winning shots. Unfortunately Idyllic weather was accompanied by a main building undergoing a mild restoration so scaffolding was prominent on one side, requiring those members with rudimentary Photoshop skills to spend far more time than planned on their competition loosing images.
Lunch was had in the National Trust Cafeteria which although it was good quality food, it was rather light on alcoholic accompaniments.
After Lunch the groups split with one car heading off to the famous Stepping Stones on the River Mole near Mickelham. Heavy rain in the previous few days had however caused some flotsam to have filed the stream with of course the Stepping Stones proving to be an effective partial “Dam” which meant that not only were they non traversable, they were not particularly photogenic either. Ah well, an image for a future visit…
The General feeling was of a good trip with 9 members entering the competition submitting 3 images each.
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