Category Archives: England


Winston Churchill’s country seat in February at Chartwell, Kent

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle in Kent – south east England.

Oast houses on the horison, they were for roasting hops. Called hop kilns in other areas. It looks like the chimneys could turn according to the wind and also be open or closed.

Do you imagine its warmer under the bench?


Salmon and Spelt

Not really a recipe I presume.

The spelt pancake is filled with soft cheese and served with avo, smoked salmon and some young crest leaves.

I just baked the spelt pancake with the normal pancake recipe, substituting spelt flour for wheat flour. Perhaps the relation of flour to fluids is different, I didn’t measure.

You can bake them with buttermilk as well if you like.

Winkworth Arboretum

The arboretum, in Surrey, is the vision of one Doctor Wilfred Fox. He envisaged and developed the arboretum, which he left to the National Trust.

They have been the care takers for 60 years. Currently they have over 1000 different trees and shrubs.

Every season will have it’s charm, but here are a few automn photos.

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Arundel Castle

We are in the South Downs in West Sussex, – South of England.

Arundel Castle
Arundel Castle
View of Cathedral from the Castle Gardens

Arundel is a small town and it seems the most interesting detail about the history is a rather silly argument about the origen of the name.

Probably from old English where it would mean the valley of the Eagle.

The river nearby is named the Arun and the earl is the earl of Arundel and the bishop is the bishop of Arundel (and Brighton thankfully.

So a town with a deep and interesting history.

The guy with the black jersey seems to take a very personal interest in keeping everybody clear of any possible entrance.

Security at the earl's entrance
Security at the earl’s entrance

They do have beautiful gardens and a chapel at the castle. One of those old English churches with huge windows and quite a wide nave. It gives a wonderful aspect and good light.

Gardens in late summer

Gardens in late summer
The Chapel
The Chapel

They grow sub tropical fruit in a glass house for the kitchen.

The town is down hill from the castle up to the river, where there is quite a bit of traffic as the sea is not far away.

Arundel town
Arundel town
Arundel town

The British are off course famous for their health and safety regulations. If they had to do the same in the Netherlands you wouldn’t be able to walk with all the warning signs!

Be very careful DEEP WATER