Sunday Breather

Sunshine, glorious sunshine. Warming the soul after yesterday’s relentlessly driving wind and rain.

Freedom to run through sticky mud and along bright paths, with a passing, respectful stop for a majestic White Stag. Headspace. Followed by family time. A walk to blast the cobwebs away  (with some ninja-style tae kwondo for good measure…No. 4).

Then garlicky soup.

Knole notes

Knole Park is where I run, we walk, and picnic in the summer (and occasionally in the winter too). Old photos remind me of how long we have been here, which are my children’s favourite launch pad tree stumps, and the fun we’ve had in the snow…..

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But here are some more interesting pieces of info:

The Deer Park is medieval and stretches over 1000 acres (4km²).

Fallow deer descended from those which were hunted by Henry VIII still roam the park, and are now joined by Japanese sika deer. Don’t get too close, especially during the autumn weeks of the rutting season. And never feed them, no matter how tempted you might be, and how close they get. They are wild animals.

Knole Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a haven for wildlife. The springy mounds that children love to bounce around on are created by the Yellow Meadow Ant.

One of England’s earliest Ice Houses is to be found here, once used to store summer supplies of….ice.

Parakeets are now commonplace, having spread to the Home Counties from London. Legend has it that they are descended from breeding pairs that escaped from Shepperton Film Studios during the making of The African Queen in 1951. Other sources suggest that parakeets have made England their home for over a century.

Knole House may have been designed as a calendar house, with 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and 7 courtyards (the staircases are now fewer). Original construction started in the late 15th century for the Archbishop of Canterbuy, Thomas Bourchier. The Sackville-West Family still live in part of the house – Vita Sackville-West (one of the family’s most well-known members) was born here in 1892.

Film time: the estate was used for the filming of some Beatles’ videos, plus featured in The Other Boleyn Girl, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Much more can be found here.

And I’m sure I shall keep you updated 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

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