Tyntesfield is a Victorian Gothic Revival house near Bristol. The mansion was built in the 1830s. It was later bought by English businessman William Gibbs, whose huge fortune came from importing guano (bird droppings) used as fertilizer. In the 1860s Gibbs had the house expanded and remodelled. The architectural style selected for the rebuilding was a loose Gothic, combining many forms and reinventions, of the medieval style. The choice of Gothic was influenced by William Gibb’s Anglo-Catholic beliefs as a follower of the Oxford Movement. This movement advocated the revival of the medieval Gothic style, and “a return to the faith and the social structures of the Middle Ages”. We visited in May 2018.
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In 2002 the Tyntesfield estate came up for auction following the death of its owner and the substantial death duties that became payable. Concerned with the demolition and desecration of various historic country houses in recent years, the National Trust launched a “Save Tyntesfield” campaign. It collected £8 million in just 100 days, with £3 million from the public plus two substantial anonymous donations of £1 million and £4 million. The Trust also received £17 million from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The National Lottery earmarked a further £25 million for the major conservation work needed.
The National Trust purchased the house, the kitchen garden, and the park. Starting out with a staff of 30 volunteers in 2002, recently the total of employed and volunteer staff exceeded 600, this is more than the number engaged by any other National Trust property.
The initial conservation work focused around weatherproofing the house. The repair of the roof, including the restoration of the original bold red and black tiled geometric pattern. The entire property was rewired. Much of the original lead piping was replaced and a fireproofing scheme implemented. These initial works cost more than £10 million, much of which was raised through donations, via the “Save Tyntesfield” campaign, and the sale of lottery tickets to visitors.
At first the Trust had been reluctant to allow visitors to the house, while work was underway, especially taking into account the costs of Health and Safety requirements, and the delays these could cause to the essential preservation work. But the need for cash dictated the answer, and the Trust learnt that, through giving the public close access to the preservation work, they actually gave more additional donations as a result of seeing where their money was going, and how they were making a difference.
An unforgettable ski run starting at the top of the Lagazoli cablecar (2,275m). It is a stunning descent through awe-inspiring scenery overlooking the Fanes valley. At 8km in length you descend over 1km in altitude. This run has been officially classified as red but can be attempted by intermediate skiers. Highlights include a frozen waterfall in the mountain face and finishing the run by traversing a frozen lake by horse tow.
4a is my favorite red ski run in St Johann in Tirol, Austria. It starts at the top of the new Eichenhof chairlift. The video is slowed down by 50% to give the viewer a smoother experience. It was filmed on 5 February 2018.
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We visited this National Trust property in August 2017. The Tudor-style house has a courtyard and gardens. This video features the large walled garden with its fortified tower built circa 1347. The walled garden is divided into separate areas featuring bedding plants, old-fashioned roses, shrubs, an area for ornamental fruit and vegetables and a maze without hedges.
If you are thinking of visiting Iceland this slideshow will give you an overview of what you might see. In June 2017 we flew into Reykjavik, Iceland and then did a ten day circuit of the country on a tour organized by Saga UK.
Places shown in the video in order of appearance are: Laxa i Kjos, Hvalfjordur, the hot springs at Deildartunguhver, Hraunfossar waterfalls, Borgarnes, the black church at Budir, Arnarstapi, Djupalonssandur, Kirkjufell, the Glaumbaer turf houses, Akureyri botanical gardens, the Asbyrgi canyon, whale watching at Eyjafjordur fjord, Godafoss waterfalls, Lake Myvatn, Grjotagja, Jarobodin nature baths, Namafjall, Dettifoss waterfalls, Reydarfjordur, the Jokulsarlon lagoon, Hofskirkja turf church, Svartifoss, Skogarfoss, Vik, Reynisdrangur sea stacks, Halsanefshellir, Seljalandsfoss, Pingvellir, Stokkur geyser and Reykjavik.
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Iceland – The Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon was the scene of two James Bond movies.
Iceland – Hraunfossar waterfalls consist of springs of water that emerge from under the edge of a lava field.
Iceland – At Halsanefshellir there are beautiful basalt column formations.
Iceland – Skogarfoss has a splendid sheer fall of water.
Iceland – A lighthouse on the outskirts of Reykjavik.