This afternoon Jackie drove us all to Highcliffe Castle. The reason for the hilarity displayed in this picture is that, when debating whether we should pay for parking, I had said that we didn’t have to pay ‘from October until some other date’.
Well, I couldn’t remember exactly what.
Scooby did his best to get lost in the maze.
Ian examined an entrance,
at the side of which is a display board telling the story of the building. As usual, clicking on the image for enlargement will make this clearer.
It was a mild enough day for my companions to sample the tea shop refreshments alfresco. As they settled themselves, we met Kate and Toby with their twin baby daughters carried in slings.
I chose to investigate the grounds, from which, through trees, could be seen the sea and Mudeford Spit.
A lengthy zig-zag path led down to the beach.
On the way down I noticed a couple of walkers as I photographed the shore;
they seemed worthy of a picture in themselves. Only when I zoomed in on the second image did I recognise the twins and their happy parents. Naturally I parted with another of Becky’s blogging cards.
On my way back up the path I met Ian and Scooby coming down. At the top were the ladies.
By dusk the castle lights were lit.
This evening the four of us shared a bottle of Las Primas Gran Familia Airen sauvignon blanc 2014, with our Mr. Pink’s fish and chips.