They have a festival every year on the grounds at Raby Castle. Enid only lives 5 miles from there. I love that place. We didn't go into the castle this time, but did get to walk around the huge gardens there. But first the festival!
All different people there were local. Here's one of the butchers with his selection. On the right hand corner are Cornish hens! Never had those! Looked good.
These are the cheese makers. Had samples out. The lemon cheese was delious! Enid did get some cheeses there.
She was selling premeasured mixes for cookies. All you had to add was milk and eggs and you got 22 cookies! The standard chocolate chip to some other flavors that sounded great...
It was cold and overcast, so the ice cream truck wasn't doing too well. Enid and I both got a cone. And it was homemade ice cream!!!
Same hedge, just farther back. The gardens were separated by the hedges and brick walls. Each garden had a "theme". So you could see plants from different areas, and one had a lily pond, there were places to sit that had vines growing overhead.
From the garden, you could see the top of the castle. The garden wall is about 30' high... and the castle is up on a hill.
There is the other side of the first hedge. I don't know the person there, but you can see how tall the hedges are.
From another garden section, you can see more of the castle. Each section of the castle took about 10 years to build. So about each generation build another section. People only lived to be about 30 back then.
This building is for the grounds keeper and his family. Not the gardener, there was a house closer to the gardens for him.
As we were leaving, I got this picture of the other side of the castle. There used to be a wall around it that was over 30' high. That was taken down some time ago.
(a bit fuzzy picture) We are in the car driving away and I got this one just before the tree came into the shot. The pond there used to go all the way around the castle as the moat. It was diverted to stop erosion around the castle.
I love the castle. When I have gone through it, it just seems so familiar. Or maybe I'm so in love with big stone buildings, that I want it to be familiar.
I just want to go back and see more of it. My parents ate dinner ( a very long time ago) at another castle, and the owner did take them to the dungeons! I was so jealeous!!!
Ok, my spelling has been terrible in this post. Can't help it! I have been quilting a good part of the afternoon and my hands are really sore right now. Time to sit and have a drink of cold water and something to munch on!
Keep cutting things up and sewing them together!