Sometimes in the garden stuff appears and then it is gone. The black edge gave this small clump a slightly sinister look.
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.