English Country Homes: ‘Ponden Hall’ – Inspiration For “WUTHERING HEIGHTS” By Emily Brontë In 1847

In the early 19th century the house kept an extensive library, and the Brontës were regular visitors; many details of the house, particularly the interior, suggest fairly clearly that it was the inspiration for the Lintons’ home, Thrushcross Grange. Anne Brontë was just as inspired as Emily, incidentally: Ponden is also the model for the titular house in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Ponden Hall is in the village of Stanbury and is even accessed via a lane with a suitably Gothic name:  Scar Top Road. It’s huge: there are eight bedrooms, a paddock, four acres of land and a further two-bedroom annexe — ideal for the Nelly who looks after your family, or for use as a potential holiday let to Brontë-mad tourists.

The oldest parts of the hall date to 1541, but most of the house as it stands today goes back to 1634 — and the evidence of its great age is plain to see.

The beams, walls, floors, ceilings, fireplaces and windows are gloriously authentic — and the owners have doubled-down on the effect with some wonderfully inspired furniture choices, especially with the beds. Don’t fret about the fact that you’d struggle to find similar pieces yourself: the vendors are apparently happy sell it on via separate negotiation.

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Morning News Podcast: Supreme Court Choice, Mental Health Care In CA

NPR News Now reports: President Trump expected to announce Amy Coney Barrett as choice for Supreme Court, mental health care in California, Oregon wildfires and other top news.

Timelapse Travel Video: ‘A Song Of The Clouds’ In Northeast India (2020)

A Timelapse film on the clouds of the North East of India during the monsoons.

Shot by A. Jetly, Editor: Sanjiv ‘Goose’ Monga
Music: Bium Bium Bambalo by Sigur Ros, Produced by: GooseOnDaLoose Films

Northeast India is the easternmost region of India representing both a geographic and political administrative division of the country. It comprises eight states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

Supreme Court Nominee: Judge Amy Coney Barrett ‘Her Background & Views’

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s expected Supreme Court pick, has shared — in her own words — how she thinks justices should approach hot-button social issues. WSJ’s Jason Bellini reports.

Photo: Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP

Political News: ‘Shields & Brooks’ On Supreme Court Vacancy Debate (Video)

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the battle over filling her Supreme Court seat, President Trump’s continuing rhetoric about the integrity of voting by mail and concerns over election confusion or dissent.

Architecture Tour Video: ‘Hotel MalisGarten’ In Austria, First 5-Star To Be Totally Made Of Wood

In Austria’s Zillertal region, the first 5-star hotel constructed out of solid wood has opened its doors. It’s an outstanding example of sustainable architecture, and was designed by renowned architect Matteo Thun.

Cocktails With A Curator: ‘Fragonard’s Progress Of Love’ (The Frick Video)

In this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” join Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon as he discusses Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Progress of Love paintings and the capricious countess who commissioned the series, Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV. Delve into the tumultuous life of Du Barry, who was born in poverty and clashed with Marie-Antoinette at Versailles. Tune in next week to discover how the Progress of Love series made its way from eighteenth-century France to the Frick’s beloved Fragonard Room.

To view these objects in detail, please visit our website: https://www.frick.org/progress_love

New Travel Video: ‘Mount Whitney – Backpacking Highest Peak In Lower 48’

Hiking Mount Whitney from Guitar Lake, Crabtree Meadow,

Backpacking the Highest Peak in the Lower 48 States, 14505ft, Sequoia National Park Sierra Nevada just as Creek Fire starts. 4k60fps Mt Whitney Hiking This is part 3 of 3 of my 6 day backpacking trip from Horseshoe Meadow, Cottonwood Lakes, Army Pass, Miter Basin, Sierra High Trail, Crabtree Pass, Crabtree Lakes, Crabtree Meadows, PCT, JMT, Guitar Lake and finally summiting Mount Whitney and exciting Whitney Portal as the Creek Fire started blowing up. No drama for us, but it got pretty smoky and eerie towards the end of the trip, and so strange and beautiful at the same time, best hike I ever did was up from Guitar Lake to the Summit, with the stretch from Trail Crest being insane!

Inyo National Forest and Sequoia National Park, John Muir Wilderness and the Whitney Zone.

New Books: ‘Reflections of Paradise: The Gardens of Fernando Caruncho’

The much-anticipated comprehensive survey of one of the world’s most acclaimed landscape garden designers, famous for his extraordinarily sophisticated use of light and geometry in nature.

Spanish landscape designer Fernando Caruncho has spent over four decades impressing the world with his breathtaking garden designs, which create a perfect union of architectural design within nature. His sources of inspiration are as diverse as Islamic design, Zen Buddhism, and European Classicism, and the control of light, geometrical scale, and use of local materials are key principles of his design approach.

In this book, Caruncho personally curates a selection of twenty-six of his international garden projects ranging from private residences to large agricultural estates and public spaces, including a vineyard in Italy, a private garden in Biarritz, France, and an expansive estate in New Jersey. Caruncho gives readers a glimpse at his creative thought process through inspirational images, ephemera, and selections from his sketches.

About The Author

Fernando Caruncho has been designing gardens for over four decades, but his background is in philosophy. His fascination with pre-Socratic Greek philosophy awakened a deep curiosity about the relationship between man and the natural world, which translated itself into a preoccupation with garden design. In 1979 Caruncho established his own landscape design studio. His first work, accomplished at the age of 21, was a house in Madrid featured in Vogue Decoration. Since then, Caruncho Studio has designed countless high-profile gardens across the globe, ranging from private homes and expansive agricultural estates to public spaces. His work is frequently featured in high-profile publications such as Architectural DigestVogue, the New York TimesElle Decor, and W magazine. Gordon Taylor is a renowned landscape architect and writer. He has written numerous articles and books on herbs, gardens, and garden history.

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Top Virtual Walk Videos: ‘Sigmund Thun Klamm’ Natural Park In Austria

Sigmund Thun Klamm Virtual Walk in 4K

Sigmund Thun Klamm is a natural spectacle that illustrates the effect of elemental forces in a fascinating manner. The powerful tide of the Kapruner Ache cut its way through sturdy rock and stones creating a 320-m-long path lined with vortexes, gradings and pools. A footpath with sturdy wooden footbridges invites guests of all ages on a journey through this magical gorge in Kaprun. Feel the force of the water at every step and learn fascinating facts about the gorge lake near Kaprun on the natural history walk. Don’t forget to visit Kaprun Museum in a 400-year-old farmhouse and immerse yourself in the history of the village.

Kaprun gorge and the museum are located in one of the most beautiful regions in all of Salzburg, and are just perfect for a trip for the whole family. Captivating events in summer top off this truly special experience. Discover the impressive force of water!

OPENING HOURS: 29 May – October | 8.30am – 5.00pm

Website: http://www.klammkaprun.at

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