Summer heat is coming! The Château sits serene above the moat against a brilliant blue backdrop, and the fish in the moat are growing larger on the bread fed to them by visiting children.
The kitchen garden is filled with flowers and vegetables, and there will soon be lots of blackcurants waiting to be tasted (at their best straight off the bush). Most of the redcurrants, green and red gooseberries will soon eaten or made into jam - on sale in the shop. There will again be hens resident in the bottom of the garden, sleeping in the Dovecote (doocot to the Scots), and laying well (we hope!).
The parasols are giving welcome shade outside the Tea Room, and the walk through the woods to the Chapel is deliciously cool. The Stables are also cool, and quiet - unless Sir Muffins and his troupe of assistant detectives from visiting schools are passing through. Early this afternoon Sir Muffins and his assistants were on the track of a missing ruby, while Dame Petronille led a group of children through the garden identifying herbs before joining Dame Meurette in the Château basement for fruit and vegetable tasting, and our 2.30 guided visit turned into three, with one visit in English, one in French, and one in Dutch.
A German couple said it was the most alive Château they had ever been to.