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17 Aug 2015

Castle and wilderness

The most beautiful, golden summer August day sent us exploring the castle ruins, a party of three this time as we had the pleasant company of Oscar's great-grandmama! Built in the 12th century, it was once home to tudor barons and rumoured to have housed the grandfather of Catherine Parr (last wife to King Henry VIII), or perhaps Catherine herself! (sadly much of an urban legend). It is now home to friendly spiders alike and little plants have embedded themselves in the great stone walls. Ancient, lost places are my favourite to visit because so much of the original structure still remains, even though nobody lives there. I would have been so delighted to lounge here all day taking pictures, it was so nice enjoying warm weather on an Oscar outing!
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Looking down from a real Rapunzel tower 'pon the path below! Even the room itself was cylinder shaped and made room in my imagination for all sorts of fairytales. The stone structures are steeped in history and continue to deny mortality, unlike the people who trod these lands before; they are landmarks that have stood the test of time. There is something of those people still in the ruins - you can see the foundations of what was an old spiral staircase and where there is a doorway, it is so small that one must bow their head to pass through. The remains of such a structure can reveal so much about the people who lived their lives here.
I love that once a place has been left, all sorts of ferns and bracken can move in and make it their own. T'is a sort of peaceful haven become over the centuries, where all sorts of nature can roam and take over and thrive, tucked away from the noise and heat and rush of the towns. Have you travelled anywhere this week?

12 comments:

  1. You fit this scene perfectly, both you, baby and his great-grandmother. You've painted a beautiful picture here, I can imagine how peaceful it must have been there :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. Hi Gabrielle! Aw thank you so much, it was a lovely walk we had :D xx

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  2. It looks like something straight out of a fairy tale! Maybe you're even the brunette Rapunzel ;) I wish we had something like this to travel to in the states, but no fairy tale castles here sadly. . .maybe I might just have to build one <3
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    She Will Be

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    1. Ahh thank you Sylvia! hehe you are so kind! xD But but you live in the US and that's wonderful - you get to enjoy so much incredible scenery!! Can I come and stay when it's built? :D xx

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  3. Nice place and beautiful pictures.
    Have a nice day

    http://historiassparacontarr.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aw thank you Dianafz! You too :D xx

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  4. Ohh, your little one is such an angel, he's beautiful and I love the picture of you too, gorgeous. We didn't travel anywhere this weekend. There was an air show going on but we decided against it because our 16 months old is just too young for it and it would be extremely noisy too.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Awww thank you Shireen, that's so sweet! :D days at home can be just the best too, as spending time with the family! xx

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  5. Beautiful pictures and that looks like a lovely place!

    xx
    Emily

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  6. Beautiful pictures! Such a cute baby and love the foxes on your outfit!

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    1. Hi Caramella! Thank you so much, your outfits are way cooler though! :D xx

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