Why is it that when you take the car in to a garage the words you never never hear are
Don’t Worry it’s nothing
It’s a cheap fix
It’s sorted and there is no charge
So today the car misbehaved. Took it into the garage and within minutes was told it needs a new ……. and it’s going to cost £XXX
One of the benefits of a spectacularly unreliable and expensive to maintain car is that they seem to have allocated it its own dedicated service team. We can look at it straight away. It will be ready in a couple of hours.
So we had a couple of hours to pass and luckily we were in walking distance of a castle. A fine ruin of a castle.
Pickering Castle was originally built around 1070. It is reasonably well preserved as it missed out on the carnage which was the War of the Roses and the English Civil War. I hoped that this unplanned visit would count against our sons target of 12 new places to visit. Sadly he pointed out the exact date and time of his school visit here 4 years ago.
I always think castles look better in black and white. Brings out their hidden Hammer Horror character.
It was a fun couple of hours as son explained in great detail the history of the castle. It’s linkages to wider English History and the various different structural improvements which have occurred over the years. I added important stuff like cool places for ghosts to hide.
Unfortunately the hours flew by and all too soon it was time to return to the garage. Luckily they still take cheques. That buys a couple of days to keep the bank manager happy. Son helpfully pointed out that a few hundred years ago I could just have raised taxes to pay for it – probably a Poll Tax. That assumes my role would have been Lord and not Peasant. In my all to likely Peasant role I had better start shovelling that muck quicker.