On my walk in the snow today, following Shakespeares Way, I came across this beautiful house. It’s called Alscot Park. I did look wistfully over the park to see if Mr Darcy might be aimlessly riding his horse or standing by the lake but no, not a soul.
It is a beautiful Rococo building and amazingly is still in the hands of the West family, as it has been for the last two hundred years. Still deep in I Capture the Castle re-writes I couldn’t help being reminded of Scoatney Manor, and did notice there was even a summer house in the garden – something from the scene with Simon and Cassandra and the “kiss”.
However, I did meet a very strange creature on my walk. This curiously comical alpaca lives in a field across the road from my cottage. There’s something very camelish about him but he has a silly sort of hat of fur on his head. I was grateful I was not wearing my alpaca hat, that would have been rather embarrassing! It is exactly the same colour as him too.