28th April 2008
Fans of Monty Python will know this castle well and on this occasion I couldn’t help thinking of that connection.
As I arrived there was a man stoically walking towards the water in a wet suit and flippers. He then proceeded to swim out to the island that the castle stands upon.
I felt like telling him that if he just waited a short time for the tide, he could walk out in Wellingtons, but he seemed quite happy doing it his own way.
On the other hand, I had hoped the tide would be further in for the shot I wanted, but as I had planned to stay inland for this trip I had foolishly neglected to check any tide tables. I made a note not to make that mistake again.
Taking a short walk away from the shore brought me round onto the salt marshes nearby which I felt, on this occasion at least, created a stronger composition, even though the castle took a much smaller role in the picture.
Perhaps it’s the historian in me but I do like a well situated castle or ruin.