Last night I was going through some photos for another travel post - our visit to National Trust property Lanhydrock in Cornwall. Gosh I took an awful lot of pictures. As I worked my way through them though I enjoyed seeing it all again, which is the point of photographs isn't it.
Why is this post called "Obsessions" though I hear you ask.
Well first I must explain something to you. If you come on a guided tour of Basildon Park you will hear me declare that I am not as obsessed with ceilings as I appear to be. It is just that the story of the house and stories about the house can be told really well through the ceilings. Truly, it just happens that way.
So remember, I declare that I am not obsessed with ceilings.
Except as I was going through my pictures last night I had a realisation. It seems that I am in fact obsessed with ceilings!!! I took so many ceiling shots that I thought I would compile them all into one post.
I hope you enjoy them! It really isn't just me either. As you will see, the National Trust think that ceilings and telling stories about them is important too! Just wait until you get to the Long Gallery, the story about that ceiling is fascinating!
So I am not the only ceiling obsessive. Thank goodness.
I hope that at least some of you are as interested in ceilings as I am. Otherwise I worry I am going to lose a lot of readers!
I hope you will stick around though as when I have sorted out the rest of the photos of the house and garden I will share those with you. With no ceiling shots!!!
Oh, and someday I will tell you the story of the Basildon Park ceilings - if you can bear to hear it!!
There are some wonderful light fixtures. You can see what these ceiling bosses look like with and without a light fixture.
Above is the ceiling in the main kitchen. It is incredibly high to allow all of the cooking smells and so on to rise up out of the way - and out of the windows.
You see, I really did take a lot of pictures of bits of ceilings!
The most incredible ceiling in the whole house though is this one. The Long Gallery. It is truly amazing.
If you click on to these pictures they will enlarge and you can read about why the ceiling isn't painted and also about the story that the ceiling tells.
Here you can see some of the amazing details of this incredible ceiling.
So I hope that you can also see that ceilings really are interesting and can tell us a lot about historic houses! I hope too that you don't think that I am bonkers!