I took my newly acquired and lovingly restored Raleigh ‘Misty’ Mixte on a mini expedition to the medieval stronghold of Penshurst Place in the Weald of Kent. It’s a 14th century mansion-house built for a former mayor of london and later acquired by the Sidney family in 1552.
‘The original medieval house is one of the most complete examples of fourteenth century domestic architecture in England surviving in its original location.’ Wiki
It was a beautiful day to follow the National Cycle Network route number 12 from Tonbridge to Penshurst, I tried to capture the marvel of the journey in the pictures below.
I passed a stream clogged full of duckweed and found the greens and shadows stunning
Reflections in a stream passing through woodland
Some white cattle graze in a field, they were really sweet.
Flower bed flag
Arrow motif in a hedge
Bear and wire man
Wire man, I really like the way the wire contrasts with the brickwork
I love all the different textures and forms of white in this photo
Colourful Medieval Poles
Views of the garden walls and magnificent trees
The main garden in front of the house
Nice little window in the garden wall
Arrow head motifs (which I think are part of the Sidney family coat of arms) frame the view
A tree with lots of holes
Seed head detail
Porcupine with arrow-head motif
Your can vew more pictures here