An Almond flower. The poor tree had suffered terribly from the cold winter and then a month's drought. There were also Walnut, Medlar and a Mulberry, and an old sort of Pear which was always inundated with fruit, despite being a youngster.
Beautiful roses (names unknown). The versicolor striped flower was on the same bush as the solid coloured blooms.
This just-fledged Jackdaw had gotten OUT of the nest but wasn't sure what to do next and having people walk near scared him, so I quickly moved away after taking the photo. I noticed when I looked out of the upper window later, that he was plodding across the grass (not quite having mastered the jackdaw swagger) and he looked so fed up. I suddenly remembered the old camp fire song - "Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, think I'll go and eat worms" !!! Hope he found some shelter.
Dried eel to the left of the brass spoons, and a haunch of venison in the corner. A bat has apparently taken up residence in the fireplace (a board blocks most of the aperture) and he comes out occasionally to liven up proceedings!
The top table is rather posh! The painted wall behind it amazing, and all the glass and ceramics are authentic copies of what would have been used in the late 15th C. (1475 ish).
Looking across the courtyard.
This may remind you that various things have been filmed here. A Discovery of Witches for starters (so the kitchen may also seem familiar as that is where the spells were woven.
Heading out now. This is the gatehouse.
I bought myself a cold drink before heading back - a fizzy mineral water infused with crushed cherries and raspberries and NOT sweet. Very refreshing, and I loved looking at the view and the Ox-Eye Daisies.
I'm just off to bed now. I've had a busy day and got some bits done in the garden I hadn't planned, but which needed doing. Two rogue Alchemilla mollis are now having cool feet in pots of well watered soil and will be transplanted in the borders tomorrow. I may live to regret it as they spread so, but I have some gaps and they are at least free. (I also have plenty of them on the bank - planted many years back I suspect).