Castles- word of the week

Entrance to Bishop’s Palace

Strictly speaking, there is only one castle in this post, but I reckon the rest are castles in their own right, if not by name. We’ve made the most of everyone being home to re-explore local places over the Easter break. It’s amazing how much the children forget. “Oh is that the place…..?” seems to be a common start to a question, at the moment. Give it five years and the place is new to them again.

In no particular order, these are the places we visited, this week. I’ll post more about a few of them in the next few weeks, but here is a sliver of each place.

Bishop’s Palace, Wells

We pop in here most years. It’s one of my favourites. You can go in parts of the Palace, but I love the gardens. The planting among the ruined walls is worth seeing. The natural springs provide water features. There are also a walled garden, a dragon’s lair and some of the best kept allotments I’ve ever seen. There are meadow areas and places to meditate. I love the contrasts. Usually we go in the summer. It was lovely to see it with the spring flowers.

I especially loved the tulips. It was overcast and my photos don’t do it justice at all.  When you’re there, the tulips among the silver birch seem to float like fairies bobbing around above the long grass. It is like a painting. I’m inspired to try something similar at home. Definite tulip envy.

Farleigh Hungerford Castles

Farleigh Hungerford Castle

We’ve not been to the castle for a few years. Overcast day again, but we took a picnic and enjoyed it among the ruins. It’s always good when we can take the hound with us too.

In the castles walls

Last time we went, I read all the information boards to the children. They’d wander off before I reached the bottom. This time, they read it and added their own knowledge to the day. It’s fascinating to see the change and hear the interesting extra niblets from their History lessons.

The Museum of Asian Art

I’ll admit, I didn’t know this museum was in Bath. Totally passed me by. It is in a Georgian town house just off the Circus in Bath. A fascinating collection of artefacts and photos. The teens loved it. Between them they are studying Art and Chinese, so it was a timely visit.

The visit has inspired a craft project, which I will share another time.

The Circus, Bath

Concorde

Back in 2003, we went to Clifton, Bristol, to see the last Concorde’s final flight into Filton. Eldest was a toddler and I have a photo of her sitting on her Dad’s shoulders watching it fly one last time. She doesn’t remember, obviously. This week, we went to Filton to see it again.

Castles in the sky

It’s in its own hangar now. Before you reach it, there are other aircraft and engines to see, which are just as fascinating. You need to allow yourself a couple of hours to do it justice.

Inside Concorde

You can go into the plane, but only view the cockpit through a see through door. I love all the buttons and switches. I remember when I was a child going on board one of the Concordes and being allowed to sit in the captain’s seat, but I guess the seat would soon wear out if everyone did that now.

Concorde is not a conventional castle, I’ll grant you, but they were castles in the sky in their day.  No need to fortify them. Faster than a bullet, they would never have cut it as a military plane (they’d shot themselves down 😉 ).

If you have any budding engineers, it is definitely worth a visit. I’ll write more another time.

 

Easter

Easter Sunday was fun. We fitted in our traditional breakfast of boiled eggs with smiley faces. I got a slight kick from using our own eggs, thanks to our new flock of chickens. They lay a mix of white and brown eggs. I used the white ones from our Leghorns for breakfast, as it’s easier to draw on them. I cannot begin to tell you how good it is to have our own laying hens again.

Squeezed in a bit of gardening time, before heading off for lunch at the Grandparents, who we’ve not seen since Christmas. Followed by a walk in the woods.

Photo by youngest Teen. Not our duck, but we hope to get a few soon.

We’ve packed so much into this week. The children have gone to visit friends too, so it really has been a busy time. They are back to school and Uni next week. It will feel very quiet without them. I might catch up with some of my jobs, but not yet. Judging by the calendar, we have another busy weekend.

Joining in with Anne’s word of the week, after a few months’ gap. Waves. Remember me? My word is castles.

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16 thoughts on “Castles- word of the week

  • Friday 22 April, 2022 at 8:56 pm
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    It sounds like you have had a great week re-exploring places. It is fun to take the kids when they are older and they know and understand more. The places you visited sound fantastic, especially seeing Concorde again. x

    • Monday 25 April, 2022 at 3:25 pm
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      They see it with fresh eyes. I’m glad we went.

  • Saturday 23 April, 2022 at 11:53 am
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    Welcome back! Lovely photos, it looks like you really made the most of the Easter holiday. I really want to go and see some lovely spring flowers now. I love castles too, we have some pseudo castles, one is a Beacon situated at the top of a hill, when my kid’s were younger they called it ‘windy castle’ after a Peppa Pig episode. It does always seem to be windy on that hill, but it’s not really a castle, you can walk around it in two minutes. I’d love to see Concord, my husband would enjoy a day there too he loves all things planes, but we usually end up at Cosford.

    • Monday 25 April, 2022 at 3:24 pm
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      Family names for places are the best. Windy Castle. I think I may have been to a few of those!

  • Saturday 23 April, 2022 at 3:54 pm
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    Lovely to see you back on WotW! Sounds like you’ve had a lovely Easter break visiting lots of interesting places. The tulips at the Bishop’s Palace are beautiful and I love that your teens now join in and add their own snippets of history that they’ve learned when reading the displays at the castle. Always good to discover new places to visit too. I remember seeing a Concorde at Fleet Air Arm Museum and it was so interesting to have a look around the plane. How lovely to have fresh eggs from your chickens for Easter breakfast. Hope you have a nice weekend to finish off your Easter break. #WotW

    • Monday 25 April, 2022 at 3:23 pm
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      It has been a lovely break and we packed so much in. I love hearing them add their knowledge into the discussion. Growing up!

  • Sunday 24 April, 2022 at 1:54 pm
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    What a brilliant week! I’d love to see Concorde I must admit. The gardens at Bishop’s Palace look lovely.

    • Monday 25 April, 2022 at 3:22 pm
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      Concorde is worth a visit. A lot more there besides Concorde.

  • Monday 25 April, 2022 at 1:03 pm
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    You’ve been to some gorgeous places this week. The spring flowers are lovely. It sounds like your kids enjoyed the experience too!

    • Monday 25 April, 2022 at 3:21 pm
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      They loved it. It feels like we’ve had a proper break and they all went off ready to start the new term.

  • Monday 25 April, 2022 at 3:24 pm
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    The castles are all new and beautiful to me. My favorite photo is the spring flowers growing among the grass and trees. To me that is paradise. #MMBC

    • Monday 25 April, 2022 at 3:26 pm
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      The tulips among the trees was beautiful. I’d really like to replicate it in our garden.

  • Monday 25 April, 2022 at 7:38 pm
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    I’m so glad to know my kids aren’t the only ones that start their questions with “Is that the place…?” We do go to a lot of places but I’m always amazed at how some of the places we visit (nearly weekly!) they still can’t keep straight. I am so jealous of all you got to see and do lately! These places look amazing to visit.

    • Tuesday 26 April, 2022 at 10:25 am
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      It is crazy how they forget. I love the little things that trigger their memories though!

  • Sunday 1 May, 2022 at 2:02 am
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    This looks and sounds like a great week! I’d love to see the Concorde one day. My hubby was really into airplanes as a kid, so he’d be happy to go there too. We’ve recently discovered a small local museum of military aircraft history, and Penguin was quite happy to look around there, so I think he might enjoy other planes too. And I have to agree with you that the Concorde was like a castle of the sky, such an impressive construction. Also, those tulips among the birches look amazing! x #MMBC

    • Sunday 1 May, 2022 at 12:39 pm
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      Concorde is definitely worth a visit. It was extraordinary at the time and has lost none of its stature in the meantime. Probably helps that nothing has replaced it. The tulips among the birches is such a simple but effective idea. I’m hoping to do this on a smaller scale

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