Sissinghurst Castle, Kent


Sissinghurst Castle was the home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and is now a
National Trust property famed for its garden. I thought it was a fittingly romantic place
for a weekend excursion in the searing heat of summer 1999 but unfortunately at the time,
I did not have my camera with me. This second time around, the grounds seem lusher and
greener but alas the roses were not yet in full bloom and the foot and mouth crisis meant
that some areas were out of bounds

Sissinghurst remains for me, a special site of pilgrimage.
Photos here will not necessarily be a photo-journal of its particular architecture
but rather of random things that caught my eye this summer.
(June 2001)

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Camera: Nikon F80, Lenses: Nikkor 28-80mm AF D
Film: Kodak 100ES, scanned with the Epson Perfection 1640SU

Oasthouses just inside the grounds of Sissinghurst.

Redbrick archway leading to the White Garden from the Tower Lawn.

Nicely manicured hedges by the Priest's House.

The Priest's House, as seen from the White Garden.

Scarlet poppies blowing in the breeze.

These white-leaved plants made up much of the White Garden.

This close-up reminds me of a Georgia O'Keefe painting.

AA tree by the peaceful moat.

A white gazebo by the moat. Behind, vast yellow rape seed fields are visible.

Yellow tongues of flame? This lily blended in with its surroundings.

A view of Sissinghurst Tower from the somewhat overgrown lawn full of buttercups. I was standing near Canute's grave at the time (Vita's elk-hound).

View of the South Cottage from the windswept top of Vita's romantic Tower.

The Priest's House and the Granary (upper left) are visible from the top of Sissinghurst's Tower. The rape-seed fields are a blaze of yellow at this time of year.

An overhead view of the main house at Sissinghurst. The oasthouses are also visible from here.

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