Leafy stars

One of my favourite houses in West Sussex, England,

Is St. Mary’s: a timbered house from around 1470.

House front

The house is still lived in today,

(And open to the public on certain afternoons)

And boasts many beautiful gardens.

Here is a peek at the back!

House from back

I love this summer reflection

In the leaded window of the house.

Reflection

Next door, is a secret garden

Where children play music

Child on flute

And leafy stars abound.

Sign

For more star stories, please visit: Our World.

96 responses

  1. looks like a super cool place 🙂

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    August 17, 2015 at 13:32

  2. England looks like a very magical place…. great photos today!

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    August 17, 2015 at 13:38

  3. Magic.

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    August 17, 2015 at 14:25

  4. Beautiful captures and perspective! Absolutely wonderful light and reflection

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    August 17, 2015 at 14:39

  5. Americans have few, if any, artifacts dating from the the 1400s. I love how you link celestial with earthly beauty here. I agree with Bob, Magical!

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    August 17, 2015 at 14:39

  6. Mac

    ha!…I recently took a very similar shot as your first photo 🙂

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    August 17, 2015 at 14:40

  7. WOW, beautiful house. Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

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    August 17, 2015 at 16:05

  8. What a delightful place to visit! Full of charm and inspiration.

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    August 17, 2015 at 16:13

  9. What a beautiful and charming place Fiona!

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    August 17, 2015 at 16:31

  10. How wonderful to realize that this garden is rooted in the same garden that people from the past admired and strolled through. I am glad this magical place survived the centuries.

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    August 17, 2015 at 17:30

  11. oh that is awesome to sneak a peek of those gardens .. thank you

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    August 17, 2015 at 17:39

  12. I knew there still were enchanted houses:-) it is so beautiful, I love your pictures, you are so talented, thanks for sharing

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    August 17, 2015 at 17:47

  13. What an enchanted looking place…history flowing in layers among the flowers and bricks 🙂

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    August 17, 2015 at 18:06

  14. sylviakirk

    Ah, and enchanted house indeed!! Superb captures as always and these took my breath away!! And, thank you as always, for sharing the beauty of your world!! Have a wonderful new week!!

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    August 17, 2015 at 18:07

  15. Golly – the things that house has seen! Beautiful.

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    August 17, 2015 at 18:47

  16. How lovely…

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    August 17, 2015 at 19:00

  17. Hello, what a lovely peak into the gardens. The reflection in the window is lovely. I love the cute statue and the flowers/stars quote! Beautiful images, have a happy week ahead!

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    August 17, 2015 at 19:07

  18. Lovely – and what glorious sunshine you had for your visit!

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    August 17, 2015 at 19:19

  19. Your photos are such fun, love the stroll through time.

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    August 17, 2015 at 19:51

  20. Lovely shots from my home country! My favourite is the third one with the wonderful reflections in the latticed windows!

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    August 17, 2015 at 20:13

  21. Bill Dodd

    Certainly a lovely garden and a lovely house. It’s what we always think England should be.

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    August 17, 2015 at 20:31

  22. Oh my goodness…what a beautiful place!!!

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    August 17, 2015 at 21:11

  23. So nice to see this beautiful place! Great photos!

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    August 17, 2015 at 21:15

  24. Ela

    Oh, that is a beautiful place !!
    Great pictures, greetings !

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    August 17, 2015 at 21:21

  25. Oh my.
    Love that sign too.
    Thank you.

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    August 17, 2015 at 21:37

  26. Great photos and the old house is very beautiful. I like the sign too!

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    August 17, 2015 at 21:46

  27. I’m in love with this beautiful place.

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    August 17, 2015 at 22:19

  28. Looks and sounds like a wonderful place to explore!

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    August 17, 2015 at 23:06

  29. A truly lovely and charming estate!

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    August 17, 2015 at 23:23

  30. These are great places. Created by people with visions that last. I’m always pleased to see them recorded and shown. 🙂 🐻

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    August 17, 2015 at 23:29

  31. A beautiful series of photos! A wonderful place!

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    August 17, 2015 at 23:55

  32. Looks like a lovely place to explore. I would love to walk in the big garden.

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    August 18, 2015 at 01:59

  33. beautiful and so old!

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    August 18, 2015 at 02:18

  34. Beautiful!

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    August 18, 2015 at 02:38

  35. Looks like a lovely place to visit, Fi. 🙂

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    August 18, 2015 at 03:43

  36. Thank you for sharing your visit with us! What a wonderful old house and garden!

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    August 18, 2015 at 04:09

  37. I love the snap of the window pane. It’s just so clear

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    August 18, 2015 at 05:31

  38. sylviakirk

    Oh, what an awesome place and so much history!!! I would love to visit there, Fiona!! Your captures are superb as always and the next best thing to being there to see it!! Thank you so much for sharing!! Hope you have a great week and thank you for all you do for Our World!! Have a great week!!

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    August 18, 2015 at 06:23

  39. isn’t england beautiful – such a nice place !!!

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    August 18, 2015 at 07:18

  40. The garden of course is the most inviting for me. It’s a very interesting old house and it’s good that visits are allowed.

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    August 18, 2015 at 07:27

  41. I liked the window picture!

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    August 18, 2015 at 07:52

  42. such a special house and beautiful garden!

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    August 18, 2015 at 08:13

  43. This old house has beautiful garden.

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    August 18, 2015 at 08:25

  44. Very beautiful captures.

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    August 18, 2015 at 10:42

  45. You always manage to bring out the best from the places you visit. Your photos are stunning.

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    August 18, 2015 at 11:36

  46. A gorgeous old house. Somehow we’ve lost the knack of building such beautiful structures.

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    August 18, 2015 at 11:47

  47. My goodness….to live in the part of the world with such rich history and beauty is beyond our imagination here in America. What a beautiful post filled with wonderful photos.

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    August 18, 2015 at 12:25

  48. They don’t build them like that anymore – and when they try, it looks shocking! Shame on me though, I assumed it was a Pub when I first saw the post!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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    August 18, 2015 at 12:36

  49. Easy to see why it’s a favorite of yours! Lovely!!

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    August 18, 2015 at 12:59

  50. What an amazing house and garden!

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    August 18, 2015 at 13:01

  51. What a wonderful old house, I can’t imagine a house over 500 years old.

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    August 18, 2015 at 13:02

  52. Wonderful images Fiona, I’ve just had a lovely time going back to see posts I’ve missed. I hope all is well with your parents.

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    August 18, 2015 at 13:36

  53. I’d love to see the inside of that house! Beautiful!

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    August 18, 2015 at 14:27

  54. X

    I love the style of the house
    and what a gorgeous garden outback
    its like a maze i would love to walk

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    August 18, 2015 at 14:35

  55. My imagination runs riot with these beautiful photos. It is magical!

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    August 18, 2015 at 14:39

  56. lovely

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    August 18, 2015 at 15:15

  57. Ahhhhhhhh, I love these gorgeous photos!

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    August 18, 2015 at 15:31

  58. The Garden would empress me also. Yet I like those windows.

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    August 18, 2015 at 15:39

  59. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES

    The English sure make nice gardens and you take nice pictures!

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    August 18, 2015 at 16:30

  60. travelnwrite

    What a fabulous place. Love the house and the garden — beautiful photos!

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    August 18, 2015 at 16:48

  61. don

    A remarkable place shown in your fine pictures. I’d like to visit there!

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    August 18, 2015 at 16:56

  62. I admire the way Europeans keep recycling buildings instead of tearing them down and putting up something new.

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    August 18, 2015 at 16:57

  63. The place looks amazing through your lens!

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    August 18, 2015 at 17:48

  64. I absolutely love that sign and can’t get my mind around a house that has been lived in so long. But then that is what English history taught me when I was there – that we in America are just babies in that respect!

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    August 18, 2015 at 20:42

  65. Very beautiful pictures

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    August 18, 2015 at 22:46

  66. leaded windows – some of my most favorite things!

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    August 18, 2015 at 22:48

  67. Such history you have captured ~ Great shots for OWT ~ Love the sign about the stars and garden ~

    Happy week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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    August 19, 2015 at 00:56

  68. Hi Lady Fi, Your pictures make me wish I could see this place in person. Wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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    August 19, 2015 at 01:37

  69. very pretty.

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    August 19, 2015 at 02:05

  70. Al

    What a wonderful old house, definitely from another time!

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    August 19, 2015 at 02:46

  71. Exceptional window and a great snap of the same!
    Have a Beautiful Week!
    Peace 🙂

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    August 19, 2015 at 02:46

  72. Remarkable age for a house… It’s a beauty!

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    August 19, 2015 at 03:25

  73. Fascinating and beautiful post. Coming from a relatively very young country and the newest part of it to be settled at that, my mind is boggled to think of living in a home that old … Wow.

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    August 19, 2015 at 04:30

  74. What a lovely place and beautiful shots

    Mollyxxx

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    August 19, 2015 at 04:56

  75. What a charming place! Great shot of the windows!

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    August 19, 2015 at 05:37

  76. What a beautiful home! The quotes on the sign is wonderful. Hope your parents ae doing well!

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    August 19, 2015 at 06:48

  77. xhobdo

    So beautiful photos and place

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    August 19, 2015 at 08:20

  78. Beautiful series, very nice place and photos

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    August 19, 2015 at 09:45

  79. Beautiful series…amazing as always… 🙂

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    August 19, 2015 at 12:20

  80. Lovely!

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    August 19, 2015 at 13:21

  81. Your magical touch of photography made the fascinating house look more dreamy. I love this house, too.

    Yoko

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    August 19, 2015 at 15:09

  82. I agree with the flowers and stars. Lovely place.

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    August 19, 2015 at 15:37

  83. What a charming place. I want to drop by for a cup of tea in the garden. 🙂

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    August 19, 2015 at 18:04

  84. Beautiful images – love the sun lighting on the subject. Well done!

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    August 19, 2015 at 18:57

  85. how beautiful! i love secret gardens

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    August 19, 2015 at 19:23

  86. I’d love to spend an afternoon in that back garden! 🙂

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    August 20, 2015 at 00:44

  87. Beautiful shots – what a delightful haven for a photographer!
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/double-play-on-way.html

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    August 20, 2015 at 02:06

  88. calvin

    Going to try this again. And haven’t clue why am showing up as Anonymous. Perhaps a omen.

    Thanks for this, it feeds the ‘garden voyeur’ that resides in me.

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    August 20, 2015 at 04:53

    • It worked Calvin! Sorry you were having trouble…

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      August 20, 2015 at 05:58

  89. Love those chimneys

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    August 20, 2015 at 12:50

  90. great place. I like the shadow of the sign in the top image. It seems to show a bird and a hare 🙂

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    August 21, 2015 at 11:21

  91. Oooh, to sit in that garden right now.

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    August 22, 2015 at 00:01

  92. Beautiful pictures !

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    August 22, 2015 at 10:16

  93. amazing photos as always..I would definitely come and visit the house when I’m around, it looks beautiful 🙂

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    August 24, 2015 at 12:54

  94. How wonderful. It reminds me of Tudor House in Southampton although no one lives there.

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    August 25, 2015 at 09:06

  95. What a gorgeous place!

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    August 27, 2015 at 04:58

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