|Bridge House, Rickinghall, UK|
I think the slideshow at the end of my post says its all - we spent one night and two days in this large country home, enjoying the weather on long countryside walks, playing with Paddy (the black lab) and Albert (the Schnauzer cross), eating breakfast in the family's artistic conservatory, and drinking wine by the fire. We also visited the Abbey Gardens in Bury St. Edmunds, a nearby town, and had a beautiful meal in a historic pub called The Fox Inn. On Sunday, we went to another nearby town called Hoxne and ate at the Swan pub.
Two historical points that fascinated me were the circular drawings carved in the wooden walls---these were carved in the 13th century and were thought to be powerful ways to ward off witches. We also found similar circles in the Swan pub, in Hoxne!
|Circles to ward off witches!|
The floorboards on the second floor of their house were made from ship's timber...and if you look closely, you can see doodles and carvings the sailors made on the ship's floor.
Check out the slideshow below (click in the top right corner if you'd like it to move faster or slower). What a lovely weekend of drinking wine and catching up with good friends!