Medieval England And Celebrations
Remains of Kirby Muxloe Castle
Today we started out in the direction of Kirby Muxloe, a small village situated on the outskirts of Leicester, we were heading for the ruins of the 14th century castle. The castle here was never completed as the person responsible for it, Lord Hastings, was dramatically seized and executed by Richard III in 1483 and his family didn’t continue to complete it. The moated remains consist of a gatehouse, a corner tower and parts of the old mansion. Nowadays it is in the care of English Heritage and being members, entrance is free for us. If you are coming from overseas to England for any length of time, you can get an overseas visitors pass (currently for 9 or 16 days) to gain free entry to many of the English Heritage properties, which is great value if you plan on visiting a number of the bigger castles or stately homes http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/overseas-visitor-pass/
Kirby Muxloe is a fairly small property compared to others that English Heritage own and it doesn’t take very long to look around the ruin. After we had explored and walked around the moated area we got our picnic and blanket from the car and sat in the grounds eating lunch. It’s nice to take a look at if you are in the area or want to spend time there relaxing and eating a picnic, otherwise it’s not really big enough to warrant a special trip.
Remains of Kirby Muxloe Castle
After this we headed across country to the birth place of William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town set on the banks of the river Avon and aside from its Shakespeare connections, it is a lovely old medieval town. As expected on a sunny Saturday in August the town was buzzing with people rowing boats along the river, street performers and musicians. We sat in the park for a while, first laughing at two girls trying desperately hard to row their boat in a straight line, but just ending up going round and round in circles, then listening to a guitarist playing the most beautiful of tunes.
We sat in the window of a café drinking coffee and putting the world to rights before wandering around a residential area to look at some of the Tudor architecture. Eventually we thought we would head back towards the river and en-route we came across a tree with lots of different poems hanging in it. I’m not sure if there was some sort of poetry festival going on, but we went round reading all the verses, some good, some not and some mildly amusing. We spent the rest of the afternoon watching and listening to the various buskers in the park and enjoying the sunshine.
A celebration dinner was in order this evening, originally we thought we would go to a Vietnamese restaurant that we tried out a few months back, but when we got there it was closed – not just today, but for good by the looks of it; big shame as it was absolutely delicious the one time that we went there. There is a Thai restaurant not far from where we were, so we headed there instead, ordering a delicious assortment of Thai appetisers, followed by seabass and massaman curry and to finish, a number of clinks of our glasses in celebration …. cheers!