Monday, April 4, 2011

An Englishman's home is his castle

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. After my entries yesterday and the knowledge of it being Mothers day in the UK I've added a couple of images of England.

An Englishman always likes to share a little knowledge of their heritage and the UK has a wonderful organisation that preserves buildings of historic and national interest, it's called the National Trust.

My mother lives in the UK while I live in Australia, mum is a volunteer for the National Trust and works here:

Dunster Castle is in Somerset and is only open in the Spring and Summer and closes for late Autumn and Winter. Spanning a 1000 years of history this castle has seen siege and was a stately home. Serving as a frontier fortress against Celt and Viking raiders, it was mentioned in the Doomsday book as being owned in 1066 by the Saxon Aelfric. It's halls and dungeons still house a few ghosts..

Mum knows the history of the place very well and is a font of information. She spellbound myself, and Finley with her talks of battles, beseigements and renewal.

Every castle has its armaments and this is no exception as there are cannons angled ready to defend the buttressed walls against attack.

The chapel stands a few hundred metres away from the main castle buildings across a well manicured lawn.

A wonderful vista of Devonshire coast from atop Linton.

Finley searched this Jurassic beach and found what he was looking for at Kilton.

So if you're ever thinking of heading to the UK for a holiday give Somerset and Devon a visit as there's some incredible coastline and places of historic interest to see.

Enjoy your day.

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