Friday, 13 May 2016

A well, a Maharajah and a red kite

Earlier this week we visited a friend in Henley-on-Thames. Unfortunately the recent sunny weather had given way to fairly consistent rain, but that didn't deter us from heading out for a tour of the many bluebell woods in the area. Suitably donned in boots and waterproofs we visited the woodlands of Greys Court and Nuffield Place (both National Trust properties). We also made a brief stop at the small village of Stoke Row which boasts a 368 ft. deep well with a very ornate, Indian-inspired superstructure. This, together with a tiny cottage for the Well Warden, was built in the 1860's with funds donated by the Maharajah of Benares. 

Red kites are now well established in the Chilterns, so an added bonus was being able to get some shots of one of these magnificent birds at reasonably close quarters. 

The Maharajah's Well - pen and wash 2" x 3"

Pen and wash approx. 3" x 3"

Red kite

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