Thursday, 26 April 2018

April Photo Treasure Hunt



This month is going to be different.  For a start I have had a photographic assistant, known to us all as Kate!  I have had Total Knee Replacement Surgery and not been out and about as usual.  So on one of her visits to me in the beautiful Gisburne Park Hospital I gave her my phone and the list of headings and asked her to go around the hospital and take suitable photographs for me.  So it may be cheating a little which is why I have confessed to it now.

Gisburne Park is an 18th century country house set in 1000 acres of parkland in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.  It is a Grade 1 listed building built in 1727 and now used as a Hospital.  It is full of beautiful mouldings and a very grand staircase......I love a grand staircase!    The waiting room is so luxurious.




Swirl

There were so many swirls it was hard to choose from Kate's photographs but in the end I settled on this one. part of a swirling banister.







Rock 

This particular moulding caught Kate's eye as the little cherubs were sitting on rocks.  There were so many of these gorgeous panels everywhere.  I would love to be able to explore all the public rooms.






Wood

There were a lot of beautifully carved wooden banisters and door and window surrounds but the delicacy of this twirl of wood in with this dainty orchid appealed to Kate.  Only now that I  have inserted the picture I have noticed the carved skirting board behind it.






Letter

I was sitting wondering what to use for Letter as Kate had not been able to find anything suitable when I noticed one of my crutches lying beside me had a small label I had not noticed before.  It said on the side......Simply Mad............that's me - Simply Mad!!   I then looked again carefully at the label and realised I had misread ONE LETTER of the word and it was Simply Med, not Simply Mad!!  One letter and the whole meaning changed.







Balance

Tucked away beneath a staircase was a scale - what a good picture for balance.







My Own Choice

What to choose...............a photograph of the beautiful Georgian building......




..............or a picture of the domed ceiling in the Round Room which had an amazing fireplace and not to mention a wonderful modern help yourself coffee machine!!  





 ........................or perhaps a picture of one of the delicious meals I was served on a lovely velvety looking black tray with a round tactile condiment set and a good quality paper serviette in a silver serviette ring.  The meals were delicious and the menu extensive.  I kept saying I did not want to go home, the food was too good!  Sausage and mash with Cornish Ice cream and a pot of tea.






So now you see why I have put more than one picture in this section.

PS - I was not a private patient but one on the NHS. 

22 comments:

  1. There were so many lovely features in that building, it could take a full morning to find and photo them all and that was just in the small section we had access to! Glad you are home and on the mend xx

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    1. Thank you for being my legs and eyes this month. Was cheating a bit but I'm sure I'll be forgiven.

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  2. My goodness me, I do hope you are soon on the mend and raring to go. All the best & well done Kate. Those photos are all great takes on the words & your hospitals must be something else. Ours are very dreary affairs for public patients & the most disgusting food. Take care & huggles.

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    1. Yes it is beautiful but is a private hospital. They do quite a bit of knee,hip and shoulder replacement surgery for the NHS.I was very lucky to be there.

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  3. Oh dear, hope your up and about soon. Nice to have a glamerous assistant though! I have just been gifted a new walks book and one is a walk from Gisburn that goes through the hospital grounds I think.

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    1. Gisburne Park Estate looks beautiful as you drive through it to reach the hospital. Saw deer grazing and a peacock too. It has a fascinating entrance to a railway tunnel built to look like a castle. Kate was telling me the estate owner at the time would only give permission for the railway line to go through his land if it went underground, Gatehouses unusual too. There is a lovely tearoom on main road through Gisburn. We had gorgeous red velvet cake there. (Notice old fashioned spelling of Gisburne Park. Town dropped the 'e' for som reason. )

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    2. I see I have also dropped an 'e'!!

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  4. Yes, Gisburne Park is a wonderful place. I was there (overnight) in about 1987 but can't remember much at all! Your assistant did will, obviously following your advice and instructions! Best photo for me is Swirl closely followed my Simply Mad!!!!

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  5. Forgot to say earlier that I'm glad you were able to take part this month and I forgive you for the lack of African themed words! Next month perhaps?

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  6. Yes I hoped I'd be forgiven for no Africa related pictures as I thought I'd have the whole themed around my hospital stay. Perhaps I could have found a photo of a Sangoma or Witch Doctor. I met one once in her complete regalia doing her shopping in the local supermarket. It was one of life's unreal moments.

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  7. Hope your recovery is a swift one Jak, such great photos , a very lovely place to undergo surgery ,if any place is. So much you have shared and I feel quite envious (but not of the surgery.) I had to smile at you meeting the Witch Doctor in a supermarket.

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    1. It is an image firmly stock in my mind. Long black plaits threaded with red and white beads and same colours in her skirt and tee shirt and covered in red and white beads with rattles round her ankles!

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  8. Love the photos, and the hospital looks a great place. Hope your knee gets better soon

    Julie xxxxx

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    1. Thank you, knee much better already

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  9. Crikey, you lucked out having your NHS surgery at such a luxurious hospital, I hope you are well on the mend now. Your balance pic is brilliant.

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  10. Thank you I really appreciate how lucky I was. Yes, Kate found some brilliant things to photograph.

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  11. I'm impressed that you managed to get your six photos in one place. Very well done.
    I hope you will sooon be able to be out and about again.

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    1. Thank you. Could not have done it without help from Kate using my mobile phone instead of her beautiful camera.

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  12. Great collection and enjoy your comments with each picture. Letter made me smile!

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    1. Thank you. Seems 'letter' was a favourite with other bloggers too.

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  13. Wow, that hospital sounds amazing - there'll be a queue of people waiting to get into it.
    I hope your surgery went well. These photos are great - and as always your comments and stories are fun - I love the letters one - Simply Mad sounds much better!
    Take care.

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  14. Thank you. I was relieved to find something suitable for Letter even if it was not 'mad'.

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