Meadowhawk and I had a wonderful day yesterday. We went to Sevenoaks (a country town not far from Swanley) by train and visited Knole Park. This is a huge 1,000 acre deer park where Knole House is situated. This house dates back to Tudor times (e.g. Henry VIII) and is magnificent. There are so many fallow deer here…small spotted deer that are so fragile looking but very sweet. I call this place ‘Breathing Space’ because it is full of beautiful, wonderful trees; oak, beech, sycamore, horse chestnut. So many of the trees are hundreds of years old and really large. Wide open spaces of grassland for deer grazing and yesterday was magnificent weather – hot and sunny but with a lovely breeze.
Meadowhawk and I packed a lunch of sandwiches and off we set. Meadowhawk loved Sevenoaks town itself. This is a town with many very old Tudor buildings and some of the cottages have front doors that are so tiny – only about 5 feet high, like little fae doors they are. It is a very historical town.
So we walked around and we both took photos of the house (which look kind of like a castle). We didn’t go into the house itself because it cost way too much to get in…maybe next time. But we walked all around the perimeter garden wall which was about half a mile on each side. Then we set out on our walk through the woods seeing deer every where we went. These deer are totally not bothered by humans and we could get within 4 feet of them before they moved off but they didn’t spook and run away, they just walked slowly off and continued grazing somewhere else.
After lunch Meadowhawk got me climbing fallen logs and tree trunks of which there are quite a few in the park. Now I haven’t done this in so many years and was a little apprehensive but I got into the spirit and followed him along. As we were walking down this fallen tree that narrowed at one end I suddenly lost my balance and slipped off. I then went head first into a pile of stinging nettles and went head over hills down the hill a bit, stinging myself as I went. I ended up with a couple of scratches on my face, a grazed elbow but quite bad stings on my left hand and arm…boy did it hurt! But I recovered fairly quickly with no bones broken. Despite that happening it was still fun and I did enjoy myself. I guess I’m just not as good as Meadowhawk in climbing all over the place like a mountain goat…LOL
So we had a really enjoyable day and Meadowhawk really liked it. Elendil Star was to have come with us but unfortunately she is not feeling too great at the moment. She was very disappointed but the park is open all year round so we are going to go again on Meadowhawk’s next visit at Yule. It will be really interesting to see the place in a different season.
We also took masses of pictures…here are some of mine:
So these are just a few of my photos of our day. Meadowhawk has many more (and better composed I have to say as he’s the expert picture taker between the both of us…LOL)