Friday, 19 March 2010
Bonnie Bobby Shafto
This is Bobby Shafto's front garden. It has been turned into a deer park and the fallow deer are very tame and can be approached easily, albeit quietly and carefully. They too, were enjoying a really sunny and fairly mild early spring day. We were walking with Walter and the Durham County Walkers, around Byers Green. At one stage we walked through the grounds of Whitworth Hall, which was the family home of the Shaftos for twelve generations.
It is now a hotel and serves coffees, elegantly in the conservatory for those who can't afford the full meal or room tariff.
The little church at Whitworth has the tombs of a crusading knight and his wife adjoining one end and....
.....and the Shafto family crypt in the corner of the graveyard. The snowdrops and crocuses are in flower but the daffodils are still dragging their heels this spring. They are up but still tightly budded. We are far enough north to show most blossoms up to a month after the south of England.
When we returned, Bobby-the-Builder had transformed the space beside the new bathroom into a walk-in dressing room.
We spent a happy hour hanging up all the clothes.