The Feathers in Ludlow.
We went back to look at a house we have fallen in love with for a 2nd time yesterday. The house and garden were even more perfect 2nd time round.I just hope and pray we can sell quickly here, but with this nincompoop of an agent, I'm not holding my breath . . .
I shall just have to carry on as normal, hoping against hope that a) we will eventually have people viewing here, and b) someone will want to buy it, and that c) the house we love is still available.
Anyway, then we drove up to Ludlow and spent a happy two hours there, exploring the streets and visiting the parish church of St Laurence, which is like a small cathedral, and has the most amazing misericords with Medieval carvings so crisply executed - obviously the work of a very skilled artisan. OH and G climbed the 200+ steps up the tower whilst D and decided to have a look around the shops. It's a good town for Charity Shops! And a brilliant cheese shop (Mousetrap) where we bought various local cheeses for lunch and supper.
One of Ludlow's busy streets.
Two Green Men! They turn up everywhere . . .
I think this is meant to be a Gryphon, although of course, this close to the Welsh border, he could be a DRAGON!
Here is a mermaid. You may think she is a long way from the sea, here in Ludlow, but she was chosen because she represented temptation - she was inttent o luring men from the path of salvation, with her mirror and comb. She is flanked by two dolphins.
I often wonder if they were carving likenesses of people they knew - or even a self-portrait on occasion?
Here is the Good Wife in her kitchen, with sides of bacon in the larder and a kettle on the hearth.
Do you think it was his mother-in-law?!!!
Misericord with stag at bay and two hounds.
You can see why I declined to climb the tower . . .
Though the views from the top were amazing. Below is Ludlow Castle.
Today I have wine-making planned (Sparkling Gooseberry), and I need to process the rest of the plums, which have hopefully survived a couple of days in the fridge . . . or else I shall have to turn them into chutney (or wine!)