The Crusaders and the Eagles

Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
Trip End Aug 02, 2009

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

No, not our Crusaders, but almost as good LOL.  Seriously though, these were at Warwick Castle, they put on a good display of horsemanship and a bit of good tongue in cheek humour as well, with the jester giving a running commentary.  Loved watching the horses.  We travelled to Warwick Castle today, bought the tickets off the internet which gave us a good discount though they were still around 14 pounds.  Today is the first day it hasn't rained!!! it was lovely and sunny, though as I write this the clouds are looming but we may get through to dark without it raining.  That will be a relief to the neighbours as they are having some kind of celebration - can't see me getting much sleep tonight.
The eagles were actually a display of falconry, once again in the grounds of the castle.  We saw a 21 year old bald eagle, a vulture and a stellers sea eagle who was gorgeous.  The bald eagle took off for a long flight and didn't come back for a while, so they let the stellers sea eagle out as well, this was probably all part of the act which was very professionally done.  To see the sea eagle in flight have a look at this link, actually taken from the ramparts of Warwick Castle.  After they had finished the display we were able to get a close look at her, her name was Nikita.  Warwick Castle is virtually intact, not a ruin, and the inside was just as interesting as the outside, it was built in 1068 and was converted to a country house many centuries later.  Inside were recreations of scenes from the early 20th century when the Prince of Wales (Queen Victoria's son) and Sir Winston Churchill would have visited.  It was very well done, with lifelike and lifesize models in some of the rooms.
Yesterday we travelled to see UK Sue's brother in Stourport, which is on a river, apparently a popular day trip for Midlanders.  It was quite pretty with a river that ran through it but as a holiday destination a bit too populated for Kiwi liking, I would say.  No unspoilt natural beauty to be seen.  The river was not suitable for swimming in, although people do.  The canal system is being revamped with some developments of modern apartments being built around it, much like in other parts of the world.  Rob and I noticed last time we were in the UK that there are people everywhere - I guess with a population of 63 million on an island a lot smaller than ours, you can't expect to get away from them.   England would be a lovely place, if it had less people in it!!  I know that in NZ we suffer from lack of population in that our roads and our infrastructures struggle, as there are not enough people paying tax to pay for all the services we expect and require, but I think I'm quite happy with my lot in life.

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