Twice a year there is an Open Garden and Plant Fair and Crafts in the historic grounds Saltwood Castle, Saltwood, with the kind permission of Mrs. Jane Clark.
Saltwood Castle is a magnificent medieval Grade I castle, near Hythe in Kent. The grounds of Saltwood Castle are not normally open to the public so this is a rare chance to see this romantic, medieval castle. There is a moat, battlements, a secret garden, peacocks, and this year you can view the Rt. Hon Alan Clark’s classic cars.
Thank you to everyone who attended the open day on 18th September 2016.
We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday 29th April 2017.
Many thanks to all visitors and stall holders at Saltwood Castle Open Day and Plant & Craft Fair on Saturday 30th April 2016
They enjoyed a wonderful choral recital by the Folkestone Gospel Choir, led by Alex McNeice, followed by a brief history of the Society by Chairman, Brian Doorne..
Saltwood Village Society - or Saltwood Village Preservation Society as it was then known – was formed in 1965 as a mouthpiece for the views of local people. Over the years it has performed that task well although, inevitably, there have been occasions when the views of the people have not held sway for political, economic or logistical reasons.
There then followed a delicious cream tea and special celebration cake. Much to everyone’s amusement the cake was paraded in by the Chairman holding aloft a sword to be used by himself and Mrs Clark to cut the first slice.
Brian Doorne, Chairman, said: “As the Chairman of the Society and member of the Executive Committee for most of the past 38 years, it was a pleasure to see the Society members gathered together on such a joyous occasion. It is not every village which has a beautiful Castle at its centre and certainly not every Village Society who can boast the owner of the castle as its President. We are extremely fortunate to have both and the setting of Saltwood Castle provided a perfect backdrop for our celebration. We look forward to 50 more years of success.’
They arrived at dusk...
...We will leave them in their enclosure for several weeks until they have developed a homing sense to the castle, and then we can start to let them free range a little.
We will need to build them a proper roost once they start to free range, to encourage them to stay where we want them too over night instead of flying off to the neighbours.
Peafowl are best known for the male's extravagant display feathers which, despite actually growing from their back, are thought of as a tail. The "train" is in reality made up of the enormously elongated upper tail coverts.
Peafowl forage on the ground in small groups, known as musters, that usually have a cock and 3 to 5 hens. After the breeding season, the flocks tend to be made up only of females and young. They are found in the open early in the mornings and tend to stay in cover during the heat of the day. They are fond of dust-bathing at dusk.
The Honey Bees decide to Swarm
...Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees... The worker bees decided to leave the original hive location with the old queen. This swarm contained thousands of bees. Swarming is mainly a spring phenomenon, usually within a two- or three-week period depending on the locale, but occasionally we find swarms can happen throughout the producing season.
Suitably poised beside a natural opening in a tree trunk on one of the trees at the castle is a beautifully hand carved oversized wooden Woodpecker made from 200 year old Oak, reclaimed from fallen wood within the castle grounds - full of movement and character. Inspiringly carved by a local, artistic craftsman, this is a wonderful addition to the gardens. Affectionately known as Boris.
Best Scottish Shortbread Recipe
A traditional Scottish shortbread recipe makes the most mouth-wateringly delicious treat.
But over the centuries the ingredients used have changed quite a bit - and if a 12th century Scot was to get a taste of modern-day shortbread, he might get quite a surprise!
Today's recipes use butter and flour to produce that exquisite, melt-in-your-mouth texture and flavour.
The first shortbread was made from remnants of bread dough (hence the 'bread' part in the name) and contained oatmeal and yeast.
It was then sprinkled with sugar and baked slowly in a cool oven.
This produced a very hard, dry biscuit-bread. A handy, easily-portable snack which didn't spoil quickly.
Try putting a piece of today's shortbread in your pocket and see what happens - it's an entirely different 'animal'!
4 oz Butter
2 oz Caster Sugar
4 oz plain Flour
2 oz Rice Flour
Cream the Butter and Sugar together and add sifted flours. Gradually work the ingredients together with finger tips until bound and gently knead to get rid of the cracks. Divide mixture in half and roll into a circle - placing them on to an ungreased baking tray. Crimp the edges and prick all over with a fork. Mark into triangles, but do not cut through.
Gas Mark 3 or 325 Fahrenheit and bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly coloured. Cool before lifting off the baking tray - break into pieces following the marked line.
Castle Moat and Folkestone Bowmen is one of Kent's oldest archery clubs. Formed in 1951, we first met to shoot at Saltwood Castle. Today, we are based in the grounds of the Folkestone School For Girls.
Castle Moat is often asked to arrange “have-a-go" sessions at fetes and functions, and this year will be attending the Saltwood Castle Open Garden & Plant Sale - Sunday September 20th 10am - 4pm