It was an intense and fruitful month including plenty of exhuberance, concentration, poem productivity, exhaustion, talk, crises of confidence, walking, thinking, reading, pudding eating, learning. But all you're going to get (for now) is pictures:
the castle from the south side of the Esk river
from the Lady's Walk
from the west
from the driveway
a particularly characterful rock
view from the study library (with our one day of snow)
we had a couple of weeks of daffs
caves beneath the castle
from the boot hall looking into the 'courtyard' (once the banqueting hall). It's a stone stag with antlers. Although plenty of deer bounding about the estate.
the front door (locked at 1030)
Bronte's door with previous occupants listed. Other names used to identify writers' rooms were Drummond, Milosz, Herrick, Evelyn, Boswell and Jonson. I was very happy with my allocation. Assuming it was Emily.
inside Bronte room
view from Bronte
mystery Wellington boots (very natty)
other fellows (l to r):Veronica Bennett, Jonty Driver, Colin Donati and James Brookes (with a front view of the stag)