29 December 2010

Leeds Castle

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a few days ago, during the time between christmas and new year, when you don't even know what day it is, we went castle browsing...this is a pastime of the junkaholics.
here we have Leeds castle, which is not in Leeds, it is in Kent.

with beautiful snowy grounds, with ponds and streams and moats, with white peacocks and black swans...

i thought a black swan was a mythical creature or the name of a pub, but no, they actually exist and are rather beautiful. in my opinion, much friendlier than there white relatives. a few pairs live here and they do not mix with the other white swans in the next pond { i don't blame them as they are nearly twice as big and very cross all the time!}

when its so cold that all water freezes over, and you hear on the news about someone falling through the ice. I always thought to myself  'what an idiot would walk on the ice!' but there is something strangely alluring about frozen water that makes you want to step onto it, even run and prance across it like an Olympic figure skater, i managed to control the urge though...

i satisfied myself with a prod.

seems like lots of christmassy stuff goes on at the castle, and a dog collar museum?


 we had lunch in a barn with some impressive fairy lights.
i dont think there are any castles left in the south east that have not enjoyed our company...time to build our own maybe?

22 comments:

  1. Ohhh - I went to Leeds Castle a few years ago during a hailing, rainy, generally miserable day. I remember sitting in that barn warming up for a while before heading out to the maze.

    And did you see the little Loch Ness monster on the grounds?

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  2. amazing! i wish we had castles like that around boston!
    xo
    sami

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  3. While gazing at all these lovely lovely winter photos, a song kept running through my head:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt1dmt-Zqyc

    "and I've never loved England more than when covered in snow..."

    from my heart to yours!

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  4. I went on a lovely school trip to Leeds castle when I was about 6 years old! If it's castles you want, you need to head west to Wales! We are overrun with the beauties!

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  5. oh i dearly wish there were castles to wander around near me... what a lovely little trip for you two! xo

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  6. That is the one thing I so badly want to do when I visit England; visit as many castles as I can find.

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  7. bagpussgurl30.12.10

    Ah yes the dog collar museum.....it is very strange indeed!!!

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  8. I've always wanted to visit Leeds Castle but haven't got there yet. It looks beautiful, especially the lights in the barn. xx

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  9. Those fairy lights are stunning! xxx

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  10. Castle browsing--how fantastic! Lovely photos.

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  11. oh yes black swans are very common in Australia...and hardly any white ones! It was lovely too see the white ones when we were in London! Beautiful photos~ Happy New Year

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  12. I live nearer to Leeds than to Leeds Castle but the idea of a dog collar museum gave me a great big smirk! Happy new year.

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  13. i just love that first full shot of the castle. just gorgeous!

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  14. we're a little light on castles on this side of the world so I'm loving your castle tours...I hope they keep coming. Happy New Year!

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  15. Hello Artemis. Loved your Chistmas photos and the cracker-making. Have you been to Scotney Castle at Lamberhurst? (National Trust) They have black swans there too. A fabulous garden, particularly in the Spring with all the rhododendrons and azaleas.
    Best wishes, Andrew

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  16. I have a friend that lives in the grounds at Leeds Castle - the fireworks and orchestra in the summer are A-MAZING, I implore you to check it out next year!

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  17. oh, this looks like a perfect day.
    and the dog collar museum got me curious...
    happy new year from berlin!

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  19. Hi Artemis,
    hope you had a lovely Christmas & New Year. I really loved the crackers & am v jealous of how creative you & Nao are.

    Just wanted to let you know in case you hadn't heard but you got a mention in Easy Living magazine this month in article on favourite blogs. Well done.

    After a childhood of being dragged round National Trust properties when I'd have rather been doing sthg more fun, it is now one of my favourite things to do. In the past 10 years as we have been going to friend's weddings up & down the country my husband & I have a tradition of visiting a castle or historic house the day after. It's the perfect way to walk off a hangover. But Leeds is one of my favourite even if as a Northener originally I initially found its name very confusing.

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  20. It's such a beautiful place! I went there a few months ago and loved it :)

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  21. So beautiful. Thank you- I needed that!

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  22. I have been studying your blog posts during my break, and I need to admit your complete article has been very useful and very well composed.

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