On Saturday, Sheenie and I decided to get out of the city for a day. Armed with cameras and a very cheese-centric picnic basket, we headed to Scotney Castle in Kent. The grounds of Scotney Castle actually feature two castles, the ‘old’ and the ‘new’. The latter is still nearly two hundred years old, having been constructed between 1835 and 1843. We didn’t go inside the new castle (which, by the way, housed an office for Margaret Thatcher during her time in office) but we spent several hours wandering the beautifully green gardens and what’s left of the original 1378 castle. I’ve always found it fascinating to visit places like this; I like to spend a few minutes taking in the rooms, the layout, the construction and then closing my eyes and imagining a scene unfolding of life there hundreds of years ago. Then, boom, right back to the present day when we hit the cinema on the way back to London to watch The Inbetweeners 2. Very funny, even better than the first one – definitely go and see it if you loved the TV series and the first film.
Luckily the weather was on our side, with blazing sunshine that has left me with hideously sunburned arms. The visit afforded a great opportunity to christen my new 50mm f/1.4 lens – a birthday present from Colin which he let me have a day early for exactly that reason (it was my birthday yesterday, by the way). This means that you’ll have to cope with some amateur wide-open aperture shots and lots of floral macros!