Aerial view of the riverThe Ditton Corner plot from the airFen Ditton - an aerial view

Home Up Helen's 50th 50th Birthday Karting at 12 California Farewell Legge Reunion Xmas in Kensington 06

 

 

Rainy Rousham

Helen's 50th Birthday Party

A private tour of the house and grounds of Rousham House on May 13, 2007

Brollies to the front! The group musters on the steps of Rousham house.

Brollies on Parade


Helen's party

Rousham House seen from the road

Rousham House and Gardens

 www.rousham.org

Rousham House and Gardens near Bicester in Oxfordshire is the purest remaining example of the 18th Century landscape garden, designed by William Kent in the 1730s. The tour of the gardens was provided by Julie Elliot. The gardens are the best example of the 'Augustan' school of design, going beyond the renaissance to evoke the landscape of antiquity, using Classical ornament and allusion. Rousham House is a fine 17th century mansion designed by Sir Robert Dormer, and fortified to defend against Parliamentary forces in the Civil War.   Alterations were made by William Kent in the following century, and later still a Victorian front added towards the gardens.


Group at The Egyptian Pyramid

 

Table within tent

Vanessa snaps

 

Andy and Helen cut the 20th anniversary cake

Cutting that cake...to celebrate our 20th anniversary

 

Assorted Withers, Pates and Baileys

Old friends and offspring

 

 

Paul, Gill and Jerry

Gill in Paul's jacket - what a gent...

 

 

A briefing before the walk

Briefing from garden expert Julie Elliott

 

 

Peter expounds to Robert

And then...to Venus' Vale!

 

Stragglers keep up!

Promenade architecturale

 

On the steps of the octagon

The Temple of Echo, or is it Leander?

 

William and his Leika

Fawcett frames

   


 

The Arcade


Cheshire Cat 2007