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a day in London and some strange figures were spotted crawling up the side of a building in the Bankside area

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Chatsworth(3) around the grounds

A final meander and a few quirky things spotted around the grand estate.

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A chair of  coins

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Lets play skittles

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Old and new sculpture on the front lawn

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a chunky horse

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and some blue cornflowers.

Chatsworth(2) around the grounds

It was a slightly hazy day and not much drama with light and shadows but plenty of statues lending their own drama to the scene.  Most of the figures are Italian marble and would have originally been pure white.The marble is constantly being cleaned on the classical statues and in the most basic way with a toothbrush and water ( I am no expert but some conservation work is not as glamorous as it sounds!). Each statue takes eight hours or so to clean and they are not taken back to their original whiteness.

Sugaring occurs on the surface of marble which is that crumbly sort of look.177

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This is half her head and her shoulder after toothbrush treatment!