We are back to my castle visit posts… naturally I’m busy here with phone calls and emails to New Zealand as we sort out incoming and outgoing information about what’s happening with our Christchurch house and houses and workplaces of friends and family. If there is anything significant to report I will let you know.
Back in The Netherlands this post is another “teaser” since we have arrived at Castle Ammersoyen in Gelderland but have not yet gone inside.
There is however a good reason for this not only are the Kiwidutch offspring restless after the ride on the car, but the opening hours of this Castle are:
April till November, Tuesday until Sunday from 13:00 till 17:00. Only guided tours.
Himself and I allowed some additional commuting time for possible traffic problems, but on this occasion didn’t encounter any delays and arrived unexpectedly early.
The kids are delighted with this time to kill before the Castle itself opens, and go charging off down the paths like the bulls of Pompolona with nothing to chase but themselves.
Once they rounded the first corner and we were out of sight they were less brave and scuttled back quickly, even though we had almost the entire area of grounds to ourselves.
As we walked they contented themselves with snaking back and forth just ahead or just behind us, checking out “flowers” (weeds) by the canal and investigating some shells that turned up in the path.
Let’s take a look at the views around the moat…
Once we have slowly made a circuit of the grounds we approach the bridge that connects the bailey with the castle… and the excitement of what’s inside starts to build.
Just across the field by the road is the church…