Rock & Craster & Dunstanburgh Castle

After our morning in Newbiggin Sophie and I went up to visit Craster, and on the way stopped off in Rock at a cafe Sophie found on Trip Advisor. The owner there was lovely and had a good chat with us.  He had 2 gorgeous sheepdogs, and the cafe is dog-friendly with an area outside for dogs to run around in.  Good food too. Then we drove on to Craster which is famous for its kippers.   We walked up to see the castle, the sea was being quite dramatic. The sky was lovely The castle was built between 1313…

Raby Castle – August 2018 – Exterior~part 3

Part 1 HERE  Part 2 HERE Now the history is out of the way, lets have a few more pictures around the outside of the castle. The south front of the castle has views over the lake   and from the terrace we could also see some of the deer grazing   as we walked up to the castle, looking back we could see the greenhouse and a little cottage perhaps for the groundsman we also saw some more deer in the distance The castle has a huge herd of deer on the estate, which Sophie and I decided to…

Poland 2017 ~Part 5~ Łańcut Castle~ interior

Here we go on the 1/2 hour run through the castle, without a guide we had nothing to tell us about anything, but there’s plenty on wiki and the castle’s own site. Artists and architects who worked in Łańcut incorporated a variety of styles in the castles architecture. The lush classicist stucco works, which can still be seen today were made by Fryderyk Bauman. Apart from classicist, also rococo and Neo-Gothic decorative elements were created. Some made clear reference to the Orient and pre-romantic trends. The castle also received an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures purchased mainly during numerous…

Bamburgh Castle ~ final part

Part 1  Part 2 More bits and bobs from inside the castle Oriental vases Pewter Jug Upholstery Mirror Serious chains! More serious chains and some sort of buffalo/cow/bull thing’s head The Laundry room Oh K Windows And that’s the end of our visit to Bamburgh Castle, but just down the road, on our way home we saw a field of huge poppies, so had to stop and take some shots, in the rain of course. Bigger than Sophie’s hand Next time we finally get to the Farne Islands again for Puffins and Seals 🙂

Bamburgh Castle~part 2

Part 1 I was quite impressed with all the cannons They should be OK when the next boatloads of Vikings come 🙂 Built on the site of the medieval Great Hall, the King’s Hall is a Victorian masterpiece. Its magnificent false hammer beam ceiling is made with teak from Thailand, then called Siam. The King of Siam, a good friend of Lord Armstrong who visited Bamburgh, is said to have helped carve some of the intricate designs. The King’s Hall was to be the castle’s main social reception and banqueting room. Lord Armstrong built a minstrel’s gallery where the musicians…

Fraggle Report ~ Bamburgh Castle ~ Part 1

Well we’re cracking on through 2016, May done and onto June. Back in June 2015 Sophie and I had our first trip to the Farne Islands to see the puffins, and of course we wanted to do that again in 2016, so booked a trip for our weekend outing. Unfortunately when we got there the weather was so awful that the boat trips were cancelled. A bit disappointing after a 1&1/2hr drive, but Bamburgh Castle is only a mile up the road so a quick change of plan and off we went. THE HISTORY BIT, mostly from wiki with added…