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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Poultry Cottage is located near the Welsh/English border, so the area saw its fair share of skirmishes over the years. Montgomery Castle didn't survive into the modern era, though it was surely much more functional than showy Powis Castle, which has.

The former is bordered on three sides by cliffs and a valley, and the "accessible" side involves a brief but vertigo-inducing hike up a precariously narrow footpath. We were visiting in February and it's Wales, so obviously it was damp and cold. The screaming, icy wind that greeted us on reaching the plateau on which the castle sits provided an additional deterrent to unfriendly visitors, I'm sure.

Montgomery Castle 4
[Walking through Montgomery Castle.]

Montgomery Castle 2
[I don't know why Humuhumu insisted on bringing her stuffed sheep up the hillside to the castle, but it occasioned some small amusement, it being Wales.]

Montgomery Castle 3
[Exploring the ruins.]

Montgomery Castle 5
[The neighbouring hillside through a broken wall.]

Windy Montgomery Castle
[Keiki is not impressed by the wind in his face.]

Montgomery Castle 1
[Crossing the footbridge back to the path. So much wind!]

We ended up visiting Powis Castle (National Trust property) twice: Once to tour the interior, where photography is forbidden because many of the items on display are still the private possessions of the earl, and once to tour the gardens. The centuries-old yew hedges are the highlight of the upper garden, not because they've been exquisitely sculpted into topiary or regimented into orderly barriers, but because they have been allowed to evolve into weird, organic shapes.

Powis Castle hedges 2
[Humuhumu running down a path in the lower formal garden. The clean sharp lines of the well-trimmed hedges contrast sharply with the undulations of the ones above.]

Powis Castle hedges 1
[Humuhumu running the other way down the same path in the lower garden.]

Powis Castle daffodils
[Humuhumu examines a daffodil. The bloke set her a challenge of looking for pretty things. These were third, after snowdrops. Fourth were cyclamens, fifth were hyacinths.]

Peacock at Powis 2
[And this was the first pretty thing Humuhumu found: a peacock in full regalia.]

Peacock at Powis 3
[Peacock's tail feathers were rather glorious.]

Powis Castle hedges 3
[Trudging uphill through the yew hedges, back to the castle for a well-earned cup of tea and a flapjack.]

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-02-26 09:45 (UTC)
Completely. We got some highly amused looks off the few other walkers we encountered in Montgomery!
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2016-02-26 09:37 (UTC)
Wow. :D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-02-26 09:46 (UTC)
:D Yep, both of them were stunning, in very different ways.
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[User Picture]From: againstathorn
2016-02-26 12:09 (UTC)
Powis Castle looks amazing, even if Keiki wasn't all that impressed. Really enjoy these photos! Is there ever a non-gloomy/windy day in the English countryside? Hey, it might've been cd and windy, but at least you didn't get smacked in the face with flying milk from a nearby pasture, which happened to me while touring Ireland's Cliffs of Moher.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-02-26 20:10 (UTC)
Is there ever a non-gloomy/windy day in the English countryside?

Yes - during the week when you're up to your eyeballs in work. Wednesday this week was beautiful from 8 AM to 4 PM. I took stuff to the bins and fed the birds, so I managed to enjoy about ten minutes of it.

Flying milk! Augh! I guess it could've been worse (silage or manure). Although milk starts to smell stale pretty quickly, so maybe it couldn't have been worse, especially if you couldn't change clothes. Yeuch.
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