A few wispy clouds showed up as the evening progressed, but the skies stayed clear. Would we finally be in luck and see the dark sky in all its glory? We stayed clued to the TV until 11 pm, excitedly we stepped out of MB and there, shinning as bright as could be, was the moon. It lit up the vista before us so much so that Grouse could be seen nearby. The answer then to the question was no! Again we had been scuppered, not by the weather, but that blasted moon!
Getting ready to set off from our stunning location, in the distance gun shots were heard. Grouse season had started! Suddenly several Grouse took flight but not from men with guns but by a Raptor overhead. I tried to get a decent photo but failed miserably and the only very distinctive feature was its white head. Well could I identify it? Nop. Looked online but because of this one and only distinctive white head feature, it was impossible.
Ian had booked for Raby Castle today and with it being fairly nearby we had a lazy start. A Morrisons shop at Barnard Castle first before the short journey to the car park. Wow, the sight that greeted us as we drove in was one of magnificent.
As Raby Castle was still occupied by the currant owners Lord and Lady Barnard and the Vane family, only some of the rooms were open.
We came across Deer! Had no idea they were at Raby, wonderful bachelor herd of Stags spouting some very impressive antlers. Another herd was also seen far away which included the Does.
We found a site within spitting distance of Raby Castle. It is here that we meet up with friends Chris and Sue for the weekend, and I expect it to be one of merriment and lots of alcohol!
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