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At a recent UK TE gathering we went over to Stowe Gardens for the afternoon. It provides a wonderful range of objects and concepts from nature, humans, birds and to me the most exciting of all is the English Follies- Imagine designing and building a architectual masterpiece for absolutely no purpose- except to show it off to friends.. The Victorians did it because they could.. Today the gardens belong to the National Trust, are extremely well maintained and make a wonderful day out .. well worth the trip.

The definition of a Folly:

How do you define an architectural folly? There's no simple definition. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as:
"A popular name for any costly structure considered to have shown folly in the builder,"

while Chambers' Dictionary says:

"a great useless structure, or one left unfinished, having been begun without a reckoning of the cost."

This country never ceases to amaze me.

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