Over all the mountaintops is peace. In all treetops you perceive scarcely a breath. The little birds in the forest are silent. Wait then; soon, you too, will have peace.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Over the Mountain Tops is Peace

8 Comments CherryPie on May 15th 2016

Pork & Fennel Meatballs

Lunch today was intended to be earlier than usual due to my scheduled hair appointment at 1pm. Following my hair appointment, Mr C and I planned to visit a particular garden centre to track down (and see) a garden bench that we had in mind.

Whilst I was quietly reading before lunch, the phone rang… It was my FIL offering to bring his jet washer round to clean off our patio table and chairs, to spruce them up. Of course I accepted the offer but this put our plans off track a little, lunch in particular and I was worried about being late for my appointment.

We got back on track and after my hair appointment we went to the garden centre and although the garden centre stocked the range of garden benches we were looking for the bench we had in mind was not on display. We have one other place we can visit to see if they have the bench on display, this will involve a visit to Sugnall Walled Garden for lunch. What a hardship ;-)

Whilst we were out on our travels we bought a shrub for the newly dug border, then Mr C went in search of the missing ingredient for this evenings meal; Fennel seed. It was nowhere to be found. I had given up and was ready to go home so I searched on line (via my phone) for suitable alternatives, many of these we have in our cupboard. But Mr C was determined and we eventually found the illusive seeds in Holland & Barrett.

Eventually we returned home just in time to prepare dinner so that it could be enjoyed on the patio before the temperature got too chilly.

The Pork & Fennel meatballs were delicious ;-)

Dinner for Two

Courgetti

2 Comments CherryPie on May 14th 2016

…to enjoy dinner on the patio as the sun went down.

Garden Renovations

The garden plans are taking shape and whilst Mr C and I were at work today the two garden fairies had been at work cutting out new borders around the patio area.

The plan to continue the wall around the patio has now been put back until the end of the project. My current thinking is that the existing wall will be replaced with a different style of bricks and the line will continue around the corner but stop at the wide part of the patio. There are currently  similar walls to the one that borders the patio in other parts of the garden; In front of the shed and bordering the upper and lower parts of the lawn. In due course the plan is to replace all of these bricks.

The next part of the project is sorting out the bin area and then we will move onto the collapsed shed!

Patio Dining

Garden Renovations

12 Comments CherryPie on May 12th 2016

Westonbury Mill Water Gardens

Westonbury Mill Water Gardens

Westonbury Mill Water Gardens

Westonbury Mill Water Gardens

8 Comments CherryPie on May 11th 2016

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Wrekin View

The Wrekin

The Wrekin

8 Comments CherryPie on May 9th 2016

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have eyes to see them….

John Ruskin (1819 – 1900)

My Moon Tonight

8 Comments CherryPie on May 8th 2016

Acton Burnell Castle

A fortified manor house built in the late 13th century by Robert Burnell, Bishop of Bath and Wells, Chancellor of England from 1274-92, and for more than thirty years the friend, confidant and adviser of King Edward I.
When the king was staying at Acton Burnell in the autumn of 1283, he summoned one of the first Parliaments to be attended by the Commons as well as the Lords. It passed a Law for the protection of creditors which the king ratified here at the castle, and which is therefore known as the Statute of Acton Burnell.

In the 18th century the ruins of the castle became an ornamental feature in the grounds of Acton Burnell Hall. *

Acton Burnell Castle

In 1284, Robert Burnell obtained a licence from the king to fortify his residence. Work was probably still in progress when Robert died in 1292. The large first-floor windows of the castle suggest, however, that it never had a serious defensive purpose and was instead perhaps designed to impress.

The Burnell family of Acton Burnell held land in Shropshire from the 1180s, though it was a century later that Robert Burnell came to prominence. Entering royal service as a clerk to Henry III’s son Prince Edward, he rose to become Chancellor of England and Bishop of Bath and Wells when the prince acceded to the throne as Edward I in 1272.

The king’s military campaigns in Wales frequently brought him to Shropshire, and he stayed at Acton. His visit in 1283 assumed national significance when he held a parliament, according to tradition, in the tithe barn here. This was supposedly the first at which commoners were represented.

In 1284 Robert Burnell obtained a licence from the king to fortify his residence. Work was probably still in progress when Robert died in 1292. The large first-floor windows of the castle suggest, however, that it never had a serious defensive purpose and that it was instead perhaps designed to impress. Evidence of Robert’s building zeal may also be seen in the adjacent church, a fine example of Early English architecture. Burnell’s wealth and his position as bishop enabled him to employ the best masons.

By 1420, however, the castle was abandoned. It was allowed to decay while a new house, Acton Burnell Hall (not in the care of English Heritage), was built next to it in the 18th century. Thus saved from later alterations, the castle remains an impressive example of a medieval fortified manor house.

Acton Burnell Castle

Acton Burnell Castle

*From a signboard at the entrance to the castle ruin.

6 Comments CherryPie on May 7th 2016

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