Last Friday we had the best day of the week, weatherwise, and drove down into Pembrokeshire for some sea air. We went to one of our favourite places, Manorbier Castle, which is in a little sandy cove.
The gatehouse, with its battlements and portcullis for defence.
Inside the walls, the inner ward is now just lawns and gardens. Little remains to remind you this was once a busy area with kitchens, ovens, storerooms, forges, stabling and other ancillary buildings.
This is now a holiday cottage. What a wonderful place to stay! At a price though (it sleeps 12).
Remains of the Great Hall. What a fabulous fireplace.
This was the hearth from the main kitchens in the 15th/16th centuries.
There were some lovely herbaceous borders here. We had lunch, all home-made food, and it was a peaceful spot to sit and enjoy the sunshine. HERE'S the link to the history of the castle. I am feeling a little brain-weary now, so I will let the link do the work for me!
Then it was down to the beach . . .
Dead spider crabs in a shallow rock pool. Judging by their shells, they must have been a good age.
A paddle was essential . . .
Neolithic burial chamber on the coast path overlooking the bay.
We saw several of these large caterpillars along the path. Can anyone ID this for me? Icould only think Hawkmoth because of its size.
The Thrift was so pretty.
Sorry to be so sparing on the words, but my brain is now in sleep mode and I shall away to my bed.