Shugborough Hall

Shugborough Hall


I did this small oil painting about 20 years ago when we visited Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire.

Shugborough is a country estate in Great Haywood, Staffordshire, England, 4 miles from Stafford on the edge of Cannock Chase. It previously belonged to the Earls of Lichfield, the Anson family.

I am thinking of taking up my painting again and also want to concentrate on doing some writing as lots of ideas keep passing through my head and I need to write them down before they slip into oblivion. My photography is still something from which I gain a great deal of enjoyment but this blog is taking up too much of my time and I think that I will either stop doing it, or post much less frequently. I am reluctant to do this because I fear losing touch with many friends who visit here regularly but I know that I will find it difficult to pursue my other interests, let alone do necessary jobs at home, if I continue with Smithiesshutter.

So there we are…….I have enough material for about another 6 posts.



17 thoughts on “Shugborough Hall

  1. I know Shugborough very well as it’s not far from my parents and my sister, I used to visit cannock chase often with the Scouts and my father as he raced boats on Chasewater. When I was a child my parents had a boat on the canal and we would take holidays often passing by Shugborough and mooring for the night. Brings back memories! Thanks for sharing John.
    Sad to hear you’ll be stopping but I understand how much time these things take up when we have so many other projects we would like to do. I myself will be starting back in two weeks at the music academy, fortunately I don’t have to learn music anymore just my instrument. I’m also starting up working as an English teacher over here. Not teaching in the classroom but teaching children, young people and adults in “immersion classes,” it’s a little different. For that I have to be self employed as well as my other calling, working as a minister of the faith (as it says on my card HAHA)… So I fully appreciate the dilemma.

    Wishing you all the best…. Maybe you could pop by with the odd comment from time to time, I learn quite a bit from your comments 🙂

    Regards. Stephen.

    • It was really good to hear from you Stephen, and especially your immediate plans which sound challenging and exciting. I will do my best to catch up with you from time to time. Very best wishes, John.

    • Hi Helen, I’ve always enjoyed looking at your work and have very much appreciated your comments here. The world moves on, and so must we, but I will try to post pictures…..I have realised that if I don’t post, many pictures will never see the light of day, so it might be pictures without text….we shall see…’s hard to give up something I’ve been doing for so long.

  2. My, you definitely should take up painting again!
    And don’t worry about posting here. Do it when you have something and if you don’t post, just come back now and then and enjoy posts of those whose blogs you like 🙂

  3. Good to have a rest from the blog, I know from experience…..we won’t lose touch never fear, less is more sometimes and you can always do the odd blog on your painting which I shall look forward to as all your posts.

  4. I’ve been viewing backwards and have just come to this post…only six more posts, dear John…and then it’s done? I just went back and counted 17 posts since this one. I don’t know what it means, but I hope you’re not truly gone, my friend…..goodness….. I do wish you well, though, John…in painting or in whatever you’ll be doing with yourself…and shall truly miss you if you’re not going to be here……..

    • Ho, ho……never fear, smithies here……and there is some relief since I have accepted the idea of doing just the occasional post which has taken a lot of the pressure off me. Your kind words could possibly persuade me to continue…….and I need to catch up with your brilliant photos as well. Thanks for the encouragement once again my friend.

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