Well this week is all upside down with Ian having his eye op and collection Daisy for a few days, we went to Ashford via Walmer on Sunday. The weather was ok not hot but breezy so a good day was spent at the castle before picking Daisy up later in the day.
First a view from the road which goes along the sea front.
Inside looking over the Battlements with the road and out to sea. It looked really blue that day and we both commented on it.
Back at the main gatehouse entrance after parking the car we entered a courtyard with tea rooms and toilets.
From inside the kitchen garden area looking towards one of the Bastions
Cannon mounted on the Bastions looking out to sea.
More Cannons protecting the castle
The ramparts were covered in wild flowers, growing from the brickwork.
Bridge from first floor Bastion to garden across the ditch.
View from below in the ditch (I thought it was a moat but I am reliably informed that a moat has water and a ditch does not).
Well that's the first glimpse of the outside of the castle, they wont let you take photographs inside so I made the next blog of the gardens in which Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother spent a lot of time in, so you are in for a treat.
I will continue our trip in Rye with a glimpse of the the town from a different perspective.
This is the Ypres Tower which houses the Rye Museum from which is on top of the hill in the town.
This shot was taken from the Harbour looking up the hill, note the house rooftops on the foreground.
One of the many anchors scattered about the Harbour area.
Ferryman's cottage, Ronmey Marsh sheep used to swim the Rother from the marshes whilst the shepherd was taken across in a boat. Not only did the sheep have to swim but also the sheepdog as the shepherd had to pay extra for the dog. Unfortunately new buildings were erected behind. A bridge across the Rother was not built till 1890 and there was a market in the town of Rye to sell the sheep.
Back in the car we headed out to the Rye village, parked up beside and walked along the tow path towards the sea.
Different type of Thistle.
Later the tide was in and the fishing boats started to make there way out to sea.
Whilst sailing boats were making there way in to moor for the evening. Note the new Windmills on Romney Marsh behind.
On the right as you walk out there is a bird reserve with various waders about but alas they were to far away to photograph.
Inside the hide were wonderful; areas of salt flats but I think because the tide was in they were all further out. I might have a trip out with Trev and have a try some time when the tide is right.