Saturday started cold and foggy for a visit to Stokesay Castle, which was constructed at the end of the 13th century by Laurence of Ludlow, who at the time was one of the richest men in England. It is one of the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England with the Great Hall, unchanged for over 700 years and the yellow 17th-century gatehouse - with no uprights vertical!!.
By the afternoon spent at Powis Castle, it was sunny and truly spring-like with bees and flies visiting the spring flowers (first Eristalis pertinax hoverfly of the year). The gardens are the finest example of a terraced Baroque design with lead statues and orangery. The Castle was originally built around 1200 but has been embellished over 400 years and now also houses a Museum of Clive of India artifacts.