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Old May 9, 2004, 12:53 AM   #1
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"China"; Biddulph Grange Gardens, Cheshire UK; 08May04.
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Old May 9, 2004, 9:15 AM   #2
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I can hear theclear noteof a bell as I wander over the bridge and away from the tedium of daily life. What a beautiful place this must be.

Question: I see no doors. Are they actually there but are wide open? Also, what are the bells for?
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I was wondering about the door, then i noticed the dark framework at the top of the picture. Could this be the frame of the door ?. Nice gardens Alan. :-)
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I can hear theclear noteof a bell as I wander over the bridge and away from the tedium of daily life. What a beautiful place this must be.

Question: I see no doors. Are they actually there but are wide open? Also, what are the bells for?
The 'door' is a sort of French window (patio door) from a garden shed-like shelteralongside the pond. I also had in mind the the suggestion of a doorway formed by the bridge and its reflection.

The bells may be a gesture to Chinese religious significance. They tinkle nicely, and I always associate eastern temples with tinkling bells. However, as the garden, full of plants from all over the world,was planned by a very Christian English gentleman in the 1860s, I suspect they're just meant to suggest China. Anyway, in this context I think I'll call them door bells.
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It just doesn't seem right that it was all created by a very English gentleman. There's no reason why he shouldn't be capable of doing it, but I want desperately to picture a contemplative Asian who says inscrutable things just for me to scrutinize.:sad:
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Really beautiful picture which appears to me to be shot through an open door and thus a doorway "to a more relaxed life". Well done.

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This is lovely! It was 90 here today - this looks much, much cooler!
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Ninety in PA?! It never got much above 60 here in Upstate NY. Don't even consider sending your steambath up this way.:X
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Mid 80's all week here, Barb - in the cool mountains. We dropped "down" to Pgh to visit my parents on Mo Day. Hot, hot, hot! We'll try to push it back south.
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maaan....90s! that's TOO hot....unless you have a pool within 100 yards you can jump in whenever you want....lol





nice picture of a beautiful garden!
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