A white Pyramid Orchid, slightly past its best but nevertheless a beautiful sight. This specimen was found in amongst the long meadow grass inside the walls of Scarborough Castle in North Yorkshire along with purple orchids, scabious and a host of other wild flowers.



These gorgeous floor tiles are still in situ at Byland Abbey. Although they are now out in the open and exposed to the elements they would once have been under the vast canopy of the Abbey buildings and walked on by the monks who lived and worshipped there. I have never seen so many Medieval floor tiles in one place outdoors (this is not the only area of the Abbey with tiles) although they can often been seen in our cathedrals.

Byland Abbey in is North Yorkshire and looked after by English Heritage. (And there is a wonderful pub/inn across the road serving fantastic cakes!)



This is the keep-like East Tower at Helmsley Castle in North Yorkshire, now in the care of English Heritage. The castle was begun in the 1100s but this tower was erected in the 1200s. The photo was taken on a sunny day but the clouds were gathering. Luckily, though, the brewing storm never materialised, the clouds passed and the sun came out again.