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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

A blog award


The Tudor Village at Hever Castle.

I was surprised and very pleased to receive a blog award from Arlene this week, thank you very much Arlene SmileSmile I have put my lovely award on my home page and below:


To Poppy for an interesting blog on her travels
An award for a well travelled lady

This award made me realize that I have been well travelled this year, far more than is usual for me. The reason for all the visits to the stately homes etc. is because about this time last year I applied for some free tickets from My Big Kent Weekend. You can apply for three places, then on a given day all the names are entered into a draw. I was lucky enough to win 2 tickets to visit Sissinghurst Castle way back in March. You will know that we had a great time, of course I took a lot of photos. The My Big Kent Weekend website invite you to upload photos of your visit, which in turn also go into a competition…I uploaded 4 photos of Sissinghurst Castle, and won the first prize in the ‘places’ category Smile My prize was a years membership to English Heritage for two people. A lovely prize I think you will agree. Not only that, when the prizewinning letter arrived enclosed was a small booklet allowing myself and one other person free entrance to 6 attractions of our choice (from a list provided) but these were not all English Heritage. The vouchers are only in date until the end of December, and no way was I going to waste them, so we have had great fun visiting an assortment of places Open-mouthed smile We have used 5 of these vouchers and as the weather is against visiting a lot of outdoor attractions the last voucher is going to be used for a visit to Canterbury Cathedral with my friend and photo buddy Sheila.


A visitor to our garden last week.


The doorway of Walmer Castle, in black and white to add atmosphere.


Dawn over Deal pier.

I am at the moment gathering photos for a photobook. I did one with some of my China photos, and it turned out so lovely I have decided to get another one with some of my better photos from the last few years. Last night I started at 2007, when I had a very basic ‘point and shoot’ camera. It has been very interesting as I can see how much my photography has improved over the last few years, and has made me realize what fun I have had getting those photos.


Taken on Deal Pier.



I have added some assorted photos from this year, ones that have not made it into any of the blogs, but ones I hope you will enjoy looking at. 


Whitstable Harbour.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Westenhanger Castle and Medieval Barns


The Medieval barn with the amazing hammerbeam roof.


Last week we had a weeks leave, so we took the opportunity of visiting Westenhanger Castle and Medieval Barns, which are truly  hidden gems. Anyone visiting Folkestone Racecourse will know the Castle, as is right next to the racecourse. The Castle can be seen from the trains running from Dover to London, but we had never had the opportunity to visit before now. The Castle is only open to the Public on Tuesdays during the summer, but the site is very well known as a wonderful wedding venue. It is the perfect place for a wedding, with a fantastic setting and a large marquee in the garden, which is beautifully set up. My daughter now has an idea of where she would like to get married, when the time comes!



The original castle entrance.


The Tudor range of buildings.


There have been buildings on this site since the 11th century, with the original castle being built in the 14th century. The remains of numerous Tudor buildings can be seen whilst walking round the site, and a Manor house was built within the castle walls in the 18th century. There has been a lot of alterations to the site over the hundreds of years of its history.



Rosamund’s Tower.


Inside Rosamund’s Tower.


The well.

One of the circular towers was used to hold prisoners whilst another is the dovecote, this is attached to the Tudor kitchens. There is a lot of building work being done at the Castle, the Tudor kitchens are being restored at the moment, we will be going back to see them when they are finished.


The entrance to the Tudor kitchens, the renovation work can be clearly seen.


A Tudor oven, undergoing restoration.


Inside the Dovecote.


There is a large square tower in the middle of the North Wall of the castle known as Rosamund’s Tower. This was named for Rosamund de Clifford, mistress of Henry ll who stayed at the castle. Rosamund’s ghost is said to be seen walking along the wall at times.


The Manor House


the ship in the garden Smile


The side of the Manor House and the Dovecote Tower.


Replica of The Discovery.

There is a designated way to walk round the castle and grounds, this is such a good idea, as it ensures that we got to see everything. You will notice the ship in the garden, this is a copy of the Discovery, one of three ships that left London in 1606 bound for the New World and paid for by the then owner of Westenhanger, Sir Thomas Smythe, the son of Thomas ‘Customer’ Smythe.


Rosamund’s Tower with the Medieval Barn in the background.




The tour of the Castle ends at the beautiful medieval Barn with the stables behind, the barn has been restored, the stables are still undergoing restoration. The hammerbeam roof of the barn is truly magnificent, and is a high status structure, Westminster Hall and Stirling Castle being two more examples of this sort of roof. The barn was built in c1578 by Thomas ‘Customer’ Smythe, and represents the wealth and standing of the owner at that time.





The Medieval Barn.


Inside the Medieval Barn, a wonderful sight.


Westenhanger Castle and barns are most certainly worth a visit, the restoration of the buildings is on-going, the work that has already been done on the site is amazing, all credit to the present owners of the site. Although it wasn’t the best weather for visiting my husband, daughter and myself had a lovely time walking round, and would recommend this site to anyone Smile


Finally two photos of chainsaw art in or near the Barn, I love the dragon Smile