Arundel Castle, situated in West Sussex, is surrounded
by 40 acres of grounds and gardens. The view from the keep is lush and verdant.
There are formal gardens which are a tribute to Thomas Howard, the 14th Earl of Arundel
with beautiful fountains and classic follies.
Flowers are abundant, including this thistle, which is the national flower of Scotland.
I enjoyed some of the wild flowers the best
which framed the Arundel Cathedral. seen in the distance.
We found the guides at the Arundel Castle to be some of the most gracious ones ever, and they recommended we stroll down to the Black Rabbit Pub for a late lunch along the River Arun. Perfect, we thought, a little walk down the river would be refreshing.
Paddington got distracted when he found a discarded friend on top of the rubbish bin.
After walking for what seemed like ages, we finally found the pub one and a half miles away.
Thank goodness, it was a pleasant afternoon with the castle in the background,
as we enjoyed some typical shrimp and chips
and bangers and mash. With peas....always.
The town at the foot of the castle was charming
with cute shops and restaurants which would have been oh so much closer than the Black Rabbit Pub.
On the recommendation of a friend, we checked out Spencer Swaffer Antiques, a favorite among many, for treasures to take back home. We did not find anything this trip that we could not live without, but
we had a hard time convincing Paddington that these "vintage" friends did not have a train ticket back to London with us.
Arundel gets 5 stars from all us, including Paddington!