Log in

No account? Create an account
Sauntering Vaguely Downward [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

Serious Business | Flickr
Bounty Information | Wanted Dead or Alive: Mad Scientess Nanila
Deeds of Derring-Do | Full of Wild Inaccuracies and Exaggerations

Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire, England [20170303|10:22]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
[Tags|, , , , , , , , ]
[with a hint of |cat snores]

[continued from here: DW/LJ] After a rather bleary start to the morning, the adults having stayed up a little too late companionably drinking wine together in front of the fire, the out-laws returned from their room over the road at the Shoulder of Mutton to pick up Nephew, who had slept over very nicely with Humuhumu. Sufficient coffee was poured into the grown-ups to get them motivated to drive to Richmond to see the castle. (North Yorkshire is not the place to be if you have an aversion to ruined castles.)

Walking down the very steep hills of Richmond. I had Keiki on my shoulders and he was crowing delightedly over his excellent vantage point.

Sister-out-law, bloke and Humuhumu heading into the staircase leading up to the top of the remaining parapets.

I climbed 120 of these stone steps whilst carrying a 13 kg toddler. Just saying.

We stopped periodically to admire the views out the arrowslits.

You can tell how high we are now, even above the other bits of the elevated castle grounds.

A view over Richmond town centre.

Reached the top at last! “Mind Your Head”, indeed.


Views from the parapets.

Investigated the tower interior on the way down.

Sister-out-law shepherded Humuhumu down the stairs.

Having escaped the tower, we headed through the grounds and out through to the gardens.

“Where’s Humuhumu?” (Spoiler: In the garden maze.)

Humuhumu and Daddy enjoyed the cobbled walk through the beds.

Nephew and Humuhumu raced back up the hill to the castle grounds.

Sister-out-law, Nephew and Humuhumu sitting on a bench together enjoying the view over the river below.

The view over the river below.

We strolled back down into town after a trip to the gift shop. (Nephew: Knight outfit. Humuhumu: large purple feather quill pen. Keiki: Squishy purple dragon, which he now sleeps with.) We were all a bit peckish but the out-laws needed to head back to Leeds, so a quick stop at a Greggs for some pastries and a sit-down in the middle of the town square by the clock sufficed to revive everyone for the drive home.

As mentioned previously, I had carried Keiki around on my shoulders as much as possible all morning. It was the first time I’d tried it. The bloke talked me into it since I’ve been finding it increasingly difficult to carry him in my arms. It worked a treat and I was able to do it much more easily. After lunch, though, I definitely needed a lie-down. Fortunately, so did everyone else, and we cuddled up together for a luxurious two-hour nap.

This entry was originally posted at http://nanila.dreamwidth.org/1075491.html. The titration count is at comment count unavailable.0 pKa.

[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2017-03-03 13:41 (UTC)
Another amazing spot.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-03-06 13:30 (UTC)
It's beautiful. I'd definitely like to return to the town at some point and spend the day there.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: lesli
2017-03-03 14:21 (UTC)
Oh my goodness, what an incredibly gorgeous area. I want to live there, green rolling hills and interesting architecture are the stuff in my dreams.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-03-06 13:32 (UTC)
Ah, with those preferences you would have a wonderful time exploring North Yorkshire! :)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: sun__king
2017-03-07 22:44 (UTC)
Cracking set. Loved the castle views (especially having none in my country!)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-03-13 21:33 (UTC)
Thank you. I was amazed at how much of the castle was still standing, given that it's been pretty much derelict (apart from a section of it used to imprison conscientious objectors from WW1) since the 1500s.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: pheloniusfriar
2017-03-10 19:18 (UTC)
So cool! I am supposed to be crated up and shipped over to the UK some time this summer (it was originally supposed to be in April, but... schedules slip and we shall see when it actually happens). I've never been to the UK before but will be visiting RAL (which I am amused I can arrive at by Space Shuttle or stagecoach, heh) in Chilton, Oxfordshire. I will definitely spend some days before and/or after doing some tootling about while there.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-03-13 21:35 (UTC)
Ah, fantastic! I hope you have a wonderful trip. Getting around by rail here is quite easy, though not swift, and it can be cheap if you travel off-peak and/or book in advance. If you're at RAL (my other half does experiments there sometimes), I recommend a trip into Oxford town centre, for sure. The Pitt-Rivers museum is a must.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)