(I have to confess that there has been a certain amount of editing of this photo.)
As we got nearer to Stourhead the weather got gloomier.
(There has been a certain amount of editing of this one too.)
As we got nearer, I began to wonder if the place was on fire (no editing apart from a crop).
The good news was that the house is, as far as I know, still standing.
The bad news is that we never got near enough to find out. Half the population of southern England seemed to have decided to go to Stourhead too. Wensleydale and I are impatient souls, and when we realised that we were in a traffic queue to get onto the road that leads to the road that leads to the car park - and the queue wasn't moving - we decided to go to Kingston Lacy instead.
This involved a scenic drive along the back roads of Cranborne Chase - and very scenic they were. (A touch of tilt-shifting.)
We stopped off for a very good smoked salmon sandwich at Cranborne Manor Garden Centre, and found no queues and no trouble parking at Kingston Lacy. Perhaps the autumn colour wasn't quite as spectacular as ar Stourhead, but there was some - and we had probably left it too late anyway.
There were also roses
and lost wellies.
Bet you don't get all those in World Heritage Sites.
And on the way home I got to take more of my signature photos of the car wing mirror - which only needed cropping.
(All photo fiddling with Snapseed and Color [sic] Accent.)