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My pictures came back!

...and some aren't even half bad! Here's a selection of the pictures I took while visiting with calove recently:

This is Bodiam Castle. We picknicked here and watched 'Sir Rhys' and his trusted squire 'Peter' give a lesson in swordplay. After which, the children made me clamber all over the (much-restored) ruins.

best of the bunch

London in the rain

View of the gardens at Hever Castle



Sep. 3rd, 2004 02:28 am (UTC)
1. I've always wanted to go to Bodiam, but my mother thought it was crap (!!???). I think she was expecting Warwick or Arundel.

Crap? Well, that's a matter of taste, I suppose...I thought it was kinda tacky myself (the castle itself, I mean), but it's a great destination for a (family) outing. The kids can run around while the parents take it easy (or easier)...what more can you want?

2-4. They had jousting? Wonderful!

Oh yes -- there was jousting at Hever as well. With horsies! Great fun; although I wish I'd put money on the outcome -- 'Sir Jasper' won, even if he was supposed to be the baddie!

5-7. Very arty. The raindrops actually really make that pic.

I thought so, too. ;-)

8. I can just picture someone sweeping down there in period dress. (somehow I'm imagining Tudor).

My original caption for that picture read "Henry VIII? You've just missed him!"
Sep. 3rd, 2004 02:37 am (UTC)
I've seen jousting before at Knebworth, although I think that house is too recent. It was fun though.

My original caption for that picture read "Henry VIII? You've just missed him!"

Hee. I was more Lady Jane Grey - but close!
Sep. 3rd, 2004 03:05 am (UTC)
Knebworth? That's an original medieval structure obliterated by 19th and early 20th century demolishings and alterations, isn't it? At least, the name of Lutyens springs to mind...(sorry, the architectural historian in me just rears its ugly pedantic head. Just ignore it).

Hee. I was more Lady Jane Grey - but close!

Actually, if you visit Hever Castle, it's all Anne Boleyn -- or Ann Bullen, as she was born. Seems she's done a Hyacinth 'Bouquet' on her name, tut tut! Upstart!

Sep. 3rd, 2004 03:27 am (UTC)
I can't say I blame her.

(Damn. I knew if I mentioned Knebworth, then I be proved wrong! Still what is there at the moment is too recent)
Sep. 4th, 2004 07:12 am (UTC)
Exactly! So you weren't wrong at all!