35/52 Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk (1)

I’ve just returned from a week in the gorgeous county of Norfolk, the home of big skies, bleak marshland, seemingly endless stretches of sandy beach and fabulous seafood. The week started with poor weather but then a heatwave hit us so most of my outdoor pics look like they were designed with a holiday brochure in mind, with impossibly blue sky and bright sunlight.

The first set of images from the Norfolk trip are from the one rainy day though. We decided not to be beaten by the weather, so headed out to Felbrigg Hall, a National Trust-run stately home. It’s an odd place but had some interesting details which caught my eye, the first being one of the weirdest ceilings I have ever seen, sporting what look like upside down iced gems hanging down from it in a slightly threatening manner. Each of those is about two feet long.

Ceiling, Felbrigg Hall. Copyright Fiona Michie.

The next shots are both ones I had to wait some time for. In the first, I’d noticed how the mirror gave an interesting view of the drawing room behind it, but other people kept getting into the reflection. I was rewarded in the end though. The second image is of a beautifully lit statue of a young boy removing a thorn from his foot. I deliberately chose to slightly underexposure on both images so that the reflected image in the mirror glows a little and the statue is only partially lighted.

Drawing room reflection, Felbrigg Hall. Copyright Fiona Michie.
Statue of a young man, Felbrigg Hall. Copyright Fiona Michie.

The next three images are from ‘below stairs’ at the hall. The first two are details of door handles, and these are followed by a table set for the Butler to enjoy a moment’s rest and some dinner. I loved the way the table setting was lit by the window opposite it.

Butler’s table setting below stairs, Felbrigg Hall. Copyright Fiona Michie.

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