Sometimes in the garden stuff appears and then it is gone. The black edge gave this small clump a slightly sinister look.
Then the yellow of the hedge in front was again quite eyecatching, more so ,in fact, than if the sun had been out!
The bronze dogs and the stone lion added more interest against the hedge but note that the ground floor windows have not had the gilding treatment!
But hey, who needs to paint their windows gold when nature has its very own golden flowers…
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.