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Afternoon tea anyone?

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Last August, the month of mine and OH’s birthdays, we were given a birthday gift of afternoon tea at Amberley Castle, to be taken on a date to suit us before July 2019.

Amberley Castle is near Arundel, West Sussex and is recorded in the Doomsday Book. It was converted into a hotel and restaurant in 1989.

We booked for tea at 3 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, the weather was glorious and the grounds are attractive.

So, come and join us for our afternoon tea! …

I hope that Portcullis stays in place! …

There has been mention on GoY of the Photinias flowering well this Spring, this one certainly is …

First view of the castle grounds …

We were shown to the courtyard where our tea would be served … and then chose to walk around the garden … come and see what we found!

We then heard a peculiar sound like a scream … only to discover what had made it was watching from above! …

Then there was more noise … and these two appeared.

The first time we have ever see white Peacocks … they were beautiful.

The choice of Teas was amazing … not for me as I am a Coffee drinker but OH enjoyed a pot of Darjeeling.

The finger sandwiches, cakes and scones were exquisite … not ashamed to say we enjoyed them all!

One Peacock was a little too interested though …

Having enjoyed the food and drink we had another wander around …

We were hoping the Peacocks would put on a display for us … sadly not.

Here is a photo of how they can look though … photo taken from the Amberley Castle website.

Pretty spectacular!

Thanks for enjoying our afternoon too.

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Oh,how beautiful those white peacocks are,Shirley....what a place and so nice to enjoy your tea there.

24 May, 2019

 

ooh that plate of sandwiches etc looks so yummy. I have just plain cheese for tonight. glad you had a lovely time. the grounds look lovely. White peafowl are very attractive aren't they, the peacock's tail looks like an elaborate firework.

24 May, 2019

 

Absolutely. Beautiful birds! And what a treat. I am so glad that the weather played nicely too!

24 May, 2019

 

What An enjoyable blog! Thank you for sharing. Currently ay home recovering from an operation unable to do gardening so this cheered me up! Thank you.

24 May, 2019

 

Get well soon Amsterdam!

24 May, 2019

 

The peacocks do make a blood curdling screaming sound. A couple of them used to walk and fly around the village where my daughter lived. She did warn us that they might land on the roof very early in the morning and we were glad she did. That is a beautiful garden and your afternoon tea looks scrumptious. It was a very thoughtful gift and good of you to share it with us. Best wishes for a speedy recovery Amsterdam.

24 May, 2019

 

Lovely blog! Beautiful pics!
Yes, get well soon to Amsterdam!

25 May, 2019

 

How absolutely wonderful......count me in.

25 May, 2019

 

Thanks for viewing this blog ... it really was a wonderful afternoon ... must start saving up to do it again! ... :o))

25 May, 2019

 

I looks a beautiful place, but I don't understand how shutting a door can keep the peacocks in the kitchen garden, mine fly up onto the roofs and would be out if they wanted! The white one's are beautiful, nicer than my blue boys - but don't let them know that!

25 May, 2019

 

Amsterdam, hope you feel better soon and can get out in the garden. Take it steady and slow ... :o)

Honeysuckle, I have looked on-line at many photos of the White Peacocks at the castle and it seems the adult pair, Bob and Lilley, had 4 chicks last July so perhaps that explains why keeping them within the castle walls is a good idea! The door leads to a small area, formerly a kitchen garden many moons ago, but is totally open to the elements now. low walls and no roof, with wonderful views cross the South Downs.

25 May, 2019

 

A lovely Blog,and photo's Shirley..and so glad you had such a nice weather day,plus an afternoon tea as well :o) a much better way to celebrate your's and Michael's Birthdays too..We were bought one for my Birthday last year,and another one for Mothers Day this year..fingers crossed this is a new tradition ..ha ha. You both look to be very well on it,anyway ..ha ha..Love the White Peacocks too,not seen any before ,so thank you ..xxx

26 May, 2019

 

What a great place to spend the day, l too have never seen white peacocks, and that last picture is so beautiful.

26 May, 2019

 

Thank you for your kind comments. Have been hobbling round the garden and just sitting in it & enjoying it for once! Lol 😁

26 May, 2019

 

Sandra, if this a new tradition then I'm all for it!

Glad you like them Julien.

Amsterdam, it's good to sit and admire the garden, although the urge to 'just get that weed out' or 'just dead-head that plant' is strong, ha ha!

26 May, 2019

 

Shirley - that’s so true!! Been crawling on my hands and knees just trying to reach that bit over there! Got some strange looks from my husband and sons “Mum what on earth are you doing?” Lol

26 May, 2019

 

What a lovely place to visit (except for the peacocks !) and you had glorious weather too :)

26 May, 2019

 

Amsterdam, be very careful!!!

Hywel, I should have put a warning on about the Peacocks for you ... :o)

27 May, 2019

 

lol :D I don't mind, I just scroll past any bird photos and concentrate on the plants :) x

27 May, 2019

 

:o)))

27 May, 2019

 

How unusual Shirley as I didn't know there were white peacocks ! Aren't they lovely and I bet you both had a lovely day especially all that tea ! We wouldn't have left any either ! Hahaa!

27 May, 2019

 

What a wonderful gift, so pleased the weather played its part in making it a very enjoyable afternoon, I've never been there Shirley, it looks a grand place , I really enjoyed seeing your lovely photos's, the peacocks are absolutely stunning, only ever seen one white so now I'm wracking my brain trying to think where it was..Thankyou for sharing..

28 May, 2019

 

Rose, the first time I heard one of them call out was really quite scary, such a noise! After eating all of that tea we didn't eat again until breakfast the next day ... :o))

Sue, I'd love to know where you saw a white Peacock.

28 May, 2019

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