Here is one of my "resting" projects for the summer, when I decide to sit in the shade and put my feet up. I hate to be idle, but will allow myself embroidery or a good book to read. Obviously, this is the embroidery project, a half-finished linen tablecloth which came in a bundle from a car boot sale.
Yesterday I had arranged to take a dear friend, who sadly is in poor health now, to Manorbier, as she had never been there. Her grandson had been staying the night and came with us. It was lovely to be surrogate grandparents for a day!
This is looking back at the castle from the path to the beach.
The inner ward of the castle and the hall-range, now available for weddings. This was built in the 12th C by Gerald of Wales' father, William de Barri.
The enormous fireplace and chimney in the Great Hall. They knew how to impress in those days.
This kitchen hearth was equally impressive. In between this and the hall is a deep well, which also gave access to the beach . . .
Bear's Britches, with A just in the picture.
Another stretch of long border.
Looking back towards the gatehouse (far left), with the cafe (open door) beside it, and the holiday home with the tower behind it.
A close-up of the holiday home. Isn't it lovely?
Then, having eaten - and I have to say that the Rhubarb and Elderflower Cheesecake was DIVINE - we made our way down to the beach.
Barnacles and beadlet anemones sit it out until the tide reaches the rock pools again. Fortunately it wasn't too hot a day - just right.
In a wetter rock pool there were some tiny fish darting about. Not that you can spot them here!
A's grandson proving he was brave enough to put his head under water (braver than me then!)
Oops - I think he opened his nostrils too soon . . .
The high spot of the day was him wishing he could see a Grasshopper for the first time, and me stopping to shake the sand from my shoes and finding myself surrounded by them. He was delighted.
Rosebay Willow Herb which I stopped to photograph on the way home.