As we had done last year, we were there for the ‘Spring Cleanup‘ this year too — except this time it was just Teischan (13) & I. Given our ‘success’ cleaning the trolleys last year we volunteered to do that again this year. And again another change. Last year they had two trolleys out. This year just one. The other two were being fixed. Plus, they needed to use the trolley latre that morning to ferry some new employees up the Castle for orientation. So, we only had an hour — maybe an hour and a half at best. We did our best. They wanted us to concentrate on the inside.
Amazing how dirty it gets. I spent a fair amount of time on the brass. Got some of it gleaming.
Beautiful day! The sun was out, in glory, and it was borderline hot. Great day to work outside. Having lunch on the terrace was even better. It was a privilege.
We had fun. Great people and a worthy cause — and you can’t beat the setting.
They have a new — very nice and knowledgeable ‘Director of Buildings & Grounds — Al Sochard. He was very kind and helpful.
A good day was had by all — methinks.
Judging by those that stayed for lunch we didn’t have as many people as last year. But hard to tell. Some left before lunch.
Weather permitting we will be there for the October Clean Up too.
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We, as you must have realized, are huge fans of ‘The Castle In The Clouds‘ and ‘attached’ ‘Carriage House Restaurant‘. We try to eat there as often as we can, but are also often thwarted in that they are so, so busy.
This is the first I had heard about these Winter 2019 Sunday buffet brunches. I am a brunch addict. This looks GREAT. I am going to try and go as soon as I can.
Just wanted to share it with you.
Happy New Year.
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The “Castle in the Clouds” is like “Cinemagic” in Portsmouth. If I am there it is unlikely I will leave without exploiting their great mirrors to take a selfie or two — my way. So, when we went to “Christmas at the Castle” this past Saturday. I used three different mirrors. Lighting was a bit tricky. But, it was fun.
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Our second “Christmas at the Castle”, last year having been our first. By now we are, however, reaching ‘veteran’ status in terms of visits. This I think was our eighth visit to the ever enchanting “Castle In The Clouds“.
It was, of course, good. Big change in terms of weather from last year. No snow last year and it may have been a tad warmer. But, compared to the last few days it was warm — in the mid-30s Fahrenheit. But, it wasn’t too crowded. Strange. The parking lot was overflowing and people were parking on the access roads. But, the Castle itself was relatively sparse in terms of visitors. That was nice.
If we were to be honest, the decorations were not as lavish and grand as last year’s. I didn’t check but I suspect they had less donated ‘tableaus’ than last year. But, it still was good, pleasing and worth seeing. We had fun. I took 290 pictures.
There was also the craft fair. That was pretty crowded.
After a 45-minute wait we gave up on eating at the “Carriage House Restaurant“. They looked rushed and harried and the seating seemed cramped. So, we drove down the road to “Buckey’s” as we had done on another visit. They are always good.
So, highly recommended. Two thumbs up with no caveats.