A beautiful day yesterday and an opportunity for the clan to car-up and head for the heady splendour of Stourhead in Wiltshire. Set in a beautifully landscaped context ,the house and gardens offer the visitor a calm and relaxing opportunity to stroll, observe and get close to man-enhanced nature in all its glory. This combined with some truly impressive architecture and excellent visitor facilities make Stourhead a must visit. This is a National Trust property and worth a visit at any time of year, however, in autumn, the hues and tones of foliage make it a spectacular sight. It is always a bit touch and go in the UK as to when the best time for colour will be, but the timing this year was just about right. A mix of deep conifer greens and the yellowing greens of the deciduous trees are warmed by autumnal oranges and yellows. Hot hints of scarlet from Japanese Acers and Red Oaks give an impressive backdrop to the lake and various follies and buildings.