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Day 269/365: Sizergh Castle [20180926|21:01]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I bring you another mammoth photo post from last month, in which we visited Sizergh Castle, a National Trust property near Kendal in the Lake District. It was a damp drizzly day, but we still managed to enjoy our time in the gardens.

Sizergh Castle gardens
Hello, lovely flower beds.

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Keiki heads into a dim and dusty outbuilding.

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Outbuilding turns out to house a number of strange objects, including an ornately decorated skiff and a giant bellows.

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Other than that, it houses nothing other than a very loud echo, as Keiki and Humuhumu discover.

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Keiki points the way to the gardens.

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Spot the bloke amongst the topiary.

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Keiki and Humuhumu search for the Daddy in the trees.

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Humuhumu and the bloke sitting on a stone bench.

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“I am done with the topiary,” says Keiki, “let us proceed to the next bit.” Or at least that’s I think he meant.

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The bloke hides behind a large pot on the terrace in front of the castle.

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He’s not aware that Humuhumu has abandoned the game and gone to be picturesque on a wooden bench in an alcove.

Sizergh Castle gardens
Keiki, meanwhile, has gone for a lie-down on the lawn.

Sizergh Castle gardens
Oh wait, she’s playing again.

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Daddy rescues Keiki from the lawn.

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Pretty wildflower bed in front of the steps up to the castle.

Sizergh Castle gardens
Keiki loved the lily pond, which was full of coots.

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If this were my way into the castle, I might want to keep it to myself too.

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Keiki knows there must be some fish around here somewhere.

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He smells water, somewhere up these stone steps.

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Found it!

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Humuhumu and Keiki questing for tiny fish, after being told there were no koi carp here.

Sizergh Castle gardens
Disappointment over the lack of big koi is mitigated by the fun of picking up long trailing pieces of algae with one finger.

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Onward to the veggie patch and wildflower garden.

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Feline guardian of the garden.

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When you find a sunflower that’s bigger than your head.

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Now we’re playing “Who can spot the biggest pumpkin?”

Sizergh Castle gardens
Right, Mummy, it’s time to move on.

Sizergh Castle gardens
Nicandra physalodes, or “shoo-fly” plant, nearly finished blooming.

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I don’t know what these are, but we liked them.

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When you’re trying to sit on a bench looking serious…

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...but then some little rabble-rouser comes along…

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...and spoils it.

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“Pulling Faces and Eating Shortbread”, the Keiki edition.

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“Pulling Faces and Eating Shortbread”, the Humuhumu edition.

Sizergh Castle gardens
We are exhausted, can’t you see?

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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-09-27 05:24 (UTC)
Lovely place as well ... I really adore British manor houses and castles and their (usually) neat gardens.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-01 14:47 (UTC)
It is; it paled a bit in comparison to Biddulph Grange Gardens, though. I'd recommend seeing them t'other way round. ;)
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[User Picture]From: becofoz
2018-09-27 11:55 (UTC)
So lovely. I never made it to the Lake District, which I am still kicking myself about.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-01 14:48 (UTC)
It is a long way to go from the south of the country. I've been to the Peak District several times, just because it is that much closer. You can squeeze quite a lot into a weekend trip to the Peaks. If you tried to do that in the Lakes, you'd spend most of your time in the car. :/
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[User Picture]From: becofoz
2018-10-03 11:46 (UTC)
I remember driving from London to Glasgow with my Canadian friend for the start of our week long road trip around Scotland. We did the London to Glasgow in one day, and while it was long it was only slightly longer than it takes me to drive back to visit my parents. I'm used to long distances ;)

I did enjoy my time in the Peak District. I was lucky enough to stay with friends of my parents for a few nights and they took me around to a few of the lesser known places. It was lovely.
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