On this week’s Thursday Doors we’ll be continuing our walk through the grounds of Castle Saunderson. There is also an international scout centre here with indoor accommodation and campsites stretching over an area of thirty four acres.
But the old church is what I came back to see, along with collecting some more wild garlic. It dates from around the 1830’s, incorporating or replacing an older place of worship that was previously on the site.
The crypt was locked up but I don’t think I would have ventured in even if it had been open.
The wild plants also caught my eye, like this rhododendron just beginning to bloom. Although it’s not a native species and can be very invasive if not controlled, you have to admit it’s a beautiful plant.
It must have been so lovely to live here surrounded by all this beauty. I was savouring the peacefulness when I heard a dog barking in the distance. Suddenly, there was a loud crash behind me and I turned around to see Mr. R. shooing a small black terrier away from the road and back into the trees. The dog had chased a large deer through the forest and it ran across the road behind me so quickly, I never got a chance to see it. There are a few small herds roaming around the estate but I imagine there were a lot more in the old days.
I think that peaceful scene of the river running through Castle Saunderson estate is a good note to end this week’s post on but if you would like to explore some international Thursday Doors, carry on over to Norm’s Blog and follow the links in the comments at the end of his post.