Monday, 11 February 2013

A walk in the park

When North Winds do blow

It’s too cold to garden but the perfect time to take a walk in the park - Auckland Castle Park of course - which is what friend Elaine and I did a couple of weeks ago, in the snow.

View from the Deer House

Quite a few others had had the same idea, including, of all people, a man riding a unicycle! A walk last year in the snowy park elicited a skier which was fairly unusual for Bishop Auckland, but a unicycle in the snow was completely bizarre. 

Close-up of amazing  tree bark

We wanted to take photos of the trees draped in snow, but, ironically, the snow had only just peppered the trees so we concentrated on the deer house. 

Sadly, the Deer House is almost a deserted folly as deer are rarely to be seen although there are substantial herds at nearby Whitworth Hall and also some miles away at Raby Castle. In its heyday, the Bishops, their family and guests used to picnic in the tower of the Deer House while watching deer caring for their young in the central courtyard below.

View of  the roof tops of the Deer House

The future of the Bishops’ Park and Auckland Castle are now assured with their recent purchase by philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer. His plans to make Auckland Castle a major tourist attraction and a centre of ecclesiastical history are on target and - especially of interest to gardeners -  work on restoring the walled kitchen garden has already begun and, hopefully, the garden will be open to the public later this year.

Looking upwards in the Deer House



1 comment:

  1. As always unique and striking photographs - you are a photographer! Great news about the kitchen garden, can't wait to see it