While the boys in Ramsgate were out to sea racing their hearts out this past summer, a friend and I drove down the coast just south of Deal in Kent. I thought it was the perfect place to recall on these last days of winter.
It was a short drive from Ramsgate, and after a short stroll on the pebble beach…
… we found the castle. It was a bit of a strange tour.
The actual castle was built during the reign of Henry the VIII. But the interiors had all been renovated to suit a more modern Duke of Wellington who entertained Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother when he held the post of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports for 23 years.
We found it rather dark and gloomy and quickly retreated to the more inviting gardens.
The kitchen garden as we see it now, dates back to 1725, although it is likely that fruit and vegetables have been grown there for at least three hundred years when it was a garrison.
It was the perfect day to explore a garden.