Six Sisters Walk
Over fifteen years ago my sisters and I each planted a pair of walnut trees in the Wood of Goodwill. This was a name more of hope than actuality because, at the time, it was just a rather muddy, slightly desolate area in the middle of winter as that, of course, is the the best time for planting trees. Everything, however, has to start somewhere. The muddy area was, and still is, not perfectly flat but, like other gardeners, we were impatient to begin.
Fast forward and the wood is now thriving. The walnut trees form an avenue leading from the autumn planted area of the wood towards the Rose Arbour which I created and planted in memory of our mother. The ground can be something of a frost pocket and as a result we had to replant a couple of them but these sapling are now growing in girth and height. Walnut trees are the last to green up and the first to lose their leaves but the nuts are delicious and they have a lovely serene atmosphere.
Walnuts have a long history. Traces of walnut shells have been found in Neolithic sites in France which are at least 8000 years old. Four thousand years ago in Persia, walnuts and their oil were so revered that they were reserved only for royalty. They were bought to Britain by the Romans who grew them not only for their oil and nuts but also for the nutty flour that could be made from them. They are quite amazingly good for you, full of protein, good fats and vitamins. They have a myriad of health benefits across a range of issues, are anti-inflammatory and apparently can even help memory function. It seemed particularly appropriate therefore that they would stand as a permanent representation of my sisters and act as the link to our mother’s rose garden.
The Rose Arbour too has seen some changes and developments. There is now a new circular garden within it planted with lavender for healing and rosemary for remembrance. It is very peaceful which was one of my mother’s best qualities. She was a lovely, patient and diplomatic person and each of us has inherited some parts of all that we loved her for. She always made time for each of us and was always there for us.
Amongst her myriad qualities and amazing organisational abilities however, it does have to be admitted that she preferred someone else to cook. She died too young and as sisters, we had to find a way of coping together and being there for each other. I think this is where my interest in eating well really started which is a part of what I have written about in “Seasons at Highclere”. I increasingly believe that there is a great deal of truth in the old adage that we are what we eat and, whilst modern medicine has made the most enormous strides forward, we owe it to ourselves to support it by eating as healthily as possible with plenty of immune boosting foods.
So, in honour of the walnut walk and my sisters, I have my Celery, Grape and Walnut Salad. Very healthy with a bit of illicit sweetness supplied by the grapes and the most delicious dressing made out of a combination of live yoghurt, Dijon mustard, lemon and seasoning.
Enjoyed your story. My father planted a tree, for each of his grandchildren. He too left this earth too soon. I am looking forward to making this delicious salad. Have a wonderful week.
Lovely homage to your mother and sisterly love. Thank you for sharing the salad recipe.
Precious memories and such a beautiful memorial for your Mother.
Your Mother would be so proud of her lovely six daughters and the wonderful things that each of you do, especially what she instilled in your hearts!
Thank-you for sharing all that you do on the blog!
This heritage of leaving wonderful tree in remembrance of family is wonderful. My father planted two horse chestnuts OnThe front lawn of his parents hous induluth Minnesota. There are two oak trees planted at the church of good shepherd in memory of my parents. My father was an episcopal minister at that church as well as the incarnation in Dallas, texas. I think its a wonderful heritage to leave for every member of our families for the future!!
❤️ what a beautifully written piece.
Your book seasons at highclere is a delight to look at and read too.
Joyce x ( a fan )
I enjoyed writing Seasons – really pleased you found it delightful
What a lovely story. You’re so lucky to have sisters, both my have died, one last May of this year. I wish I had plant a tree too. Take good care of you’re sisters. Believe me you will miss them when they are gone.
Beautifully written. How wonderful for you and your sister’s to visit such a beautiful Rose Arbour. Memories of a mother are special.
Your recipe looks awesome. Thanks again.
Thank you for such a delicious recipe.
Do you have the recipe posted on Facebook or could you enlarge it, as I can’t make it bigger.
What a lovely story and memory with your sisters.
I’m going to go out and look for some walnut flour.
I am going to post on Instagram tonight
Love the memories- past, present and ones to come through the Avenue of walnut trees! Beautiful story!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
You should know Patricia Well’s lentil, capers, & walnut salad. It’s one of mychronic go-to dishes for buffet suppers and lunches (particularly so since it’s appropriate for cold or warm weather). Vegetarians love it. I can’t recall which of her Provence books has the recipe, but a “recipe” doesn’t really matter….and vary the amounts as suits you. I usually make a much larger amount than this recipe yields.
For the lentils
• 2 cups green Le Puy lentils, washed and picked over
• 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 medium onion, cut in half
• 1 medium carrot, quartered
• 6 cups water
• Salt to taste
• Freshly ground pepper
• ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley and mint
• ½ cup broken walnuts
• ½ cup capers
For the dressing
• 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
• 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
• 1 shallot, minced, or 1 garlic clove, minced
• ⅓ cup walnut oil
• freshly ground pepper
• Combine the lentils, garlic, bay leaf, onion, carrot and water in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Add salt to taste (1 to 2 teaspoons), reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer 35 to 45 minutes until the lentils are tender. Remove from the heat. and discard the onion, carrot, garlic cloves and bay leaf. Drain the lentils. Add the walnuts capers, parsley/mint.
• Whisk together the vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and shallot or garlic. Whisk in the oil and 2 to 4 tablespoons of the liquid from the lentils. Stir into the salad so that everything’s coated with the dressing.
Lady Carnarvon pictures of six sisters walk lovely to visit highcelere castle and thank you for the email and you and lord Carnarvon have a nice weekend
I love watching how trees grow and consume the area allocated to them. They start as babies and develop into good strong smart trees much like us humans.
My fathe ,a part time forest ranger, taught me so much about trees, forests and the human outlook on life. He to passed away to young but delighted in educating me so I could pass on his wealth of knowledge to my children and grandchildren.
Thank you for these delightful pictures and memories, now off to the kitchen to work on my salad.
It is great dressing !!
Such a lovely piece. Thank you
Lady Carnarvon lovely pictures of six sisters walk and lovely to highcelere castle and l hope you and lord Carnarvon have a nice weekend
Lady Carnarvon pictures of six sisters walks and lovely to visit highcelere castle and you and lord Carnarvon have a nice weekend thank you for the email l like get them
I lost my sister six years ago. She was 49. Her name was Helen. She would have loved to visit Highclere and read your blog.
I always think of her while reading your wonderful blog. Thank you for that. X
That was too young….
The scent of roses and lavender wafted through my mind as I read your story. Thanks for reminding me of my former rose garden and of several friends’ lavender fields. They are now tourist attractions during harvest time!
Would love to know more about your sisters.
Thanks for a lovely morning read.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
A most beautiful tribute to your mother, and to your sisters. Families sometimes fracture from tragedy, and so it is wonderful that you and your sisters stuck together. I see the resemblance in your lovely photo.
Thank you for the recipe- it looks delicious! I look forward to trying it, and to ordering your new book. I’m already page-turning in “Christmas at Highclere”. Lots to look forward to!!
Thank you for another great Monday morning read! Love it!
Charlotte Merriam Cole
Thank you very much for your ongoing thoughts and stories. I have just planted three cuttings in my new garden from the climbing rose my mum always had called Seven Sisters, which came, I’m told, from my grandfather’s garden. I very much appreciate your recipe too – exactly right!
It is yummy and I have made a cooking video of it for Instagram
You have such a beautiful soul and reading this about you mother and sisters explains that
Everytime I read your blog I escape into another world through your love of nature and people
The world is certainly a better place with people like you in it that share thoughts, hopes and love
Lovely tribute and beautiful photos again Lady Carnarvon.
Thank you for posting them all and of course the tasty looking salad.
Given my mother was an amazing and fantastic cook and entertainer but passed away due to dementia my 3 sisters and I try to eat only and all foods that help prolong, enforce and enrich memory which is why I always have walnuts in my freezer to get at once I run out of them in my pantry. You are so right about their benefits and taste. Continue to enjoy the Autumn harvest going forward.
What a lovely tribute to sisterhood. We have walnut trees as well, but they are the southern American version, black walnuts. They are far more difficult to shell (we place them between two sheets of plywood and drive over them with the truck!) but the delights of their meats are well worth it!
DEAR LADY CARNARVON:
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL STORY. I AM SADDENED TO HEAR YOUR MOHTER WENT TOO SOON. SHE SOUNDS LIKE A LOVELY SOUL.
THANK-YOU FOR SHOWING A MAGNIFICENT PICTURE OF YOU AND YOUR SISTERS.
WALNUTS ARE DELICIOUS AND SUCH A VALUE OF NUTRITION FOR THE BODY. I WAS INTERESTED TO HEAR THAT THE ROMANS USED THE WALNUT FOR FLOUR. MUCH BETTER THAN WHEAT FLOUR. I USE ALTERNATIVE FLOURS TO WHEAT AS I CANNOT TOLERATE THE WHEAT THAT IS HARVESTED TODAY.
LAVENDER FOR HEALING AND ROSEMARY FOR REMEMBRANCE. THIS IS MY CUP OF TEA. DO YOU LOVE ESSENTIAL OILS AS WELL, LADY CARNARVON?
THE RECIPE FOR CELERY, GRAPE AND WALNUT SALAD I WILL DEFINITELY TRY. THE DRESSING SOUNDS WONDERFUL AND HEALTHY. I AM ALSO AN ADVOCATE FOR HEALTHY EATING AND ORGANIC AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. IT IS SO IMPORTANT.
IT IS EARLY MORNING HERE IN CANADA, AND OUR PRIME MINISTER IS RUNNING THE COUNTRY LIKE A COMMUNIST COUNTRY (COMMUNIST CANADA)DUE TO COVID PROPAGANDA. YOUR BLOG GAVE A SMILE TO ME TODAY. THANK-YOU.
We had an English walnut tree and a black walnut tree in our yard growing up in the Bay Area in California. And our job after school when they were falling was to get home and put them in a paper bag. Fond memories of a great piece of property.
Lovely memory of your childhood
O my goodness my mouth is watering.
I’m always transported into an a dream world on Monday’s after reading you
How grateful I am, and dix sisters ))
I did not know that about you Lady Carnarvon
Lady Carnarvon, a beautiful living tribute to your Mum. There is nothing quite like sisterly love, very special. With special thoughts, Cheryl.
Beautiful family Lady Carnarvon, I lost my daughter last year at the tender age of 53, have a loving family around me but like you taken too early. I also have a rose called Clare her name and now will plant Rosemary as did not know it represents remembrance, thank you.
My. Grandmother made a similar salad every fall with fresh picked apples! Thanks for the lovely reminder. Now off to go through her recipes to find hers(and make yours also)! Enjoy your week!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I Loved the picture of you and your sisters. I hope they all live nearby so you can get together often. You are lucky to have family. What a lovely tribute to your mother. She must have been so proud of you all.
South Florida USA
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
your Mum must have been amazing having six girls. Growing up must have been incredible fun. I have just the one sister, I think after me my mum decided we were enough! The salad recipe looks amazing, I love walnuts and celery. I am planning on planting some trees in our orchard next year to compliment the apples and pears. I had a plum tree in mind, and hadn’t though of a walnut tree, you have inspired me. I hope they are squirrel proof!
Thank you for sharing your recipe.
Love the picture of you and your sisters.
What lovely memories of your mother and siblings, I have always liked the idea of planting a tree to commemorate special occasions like the birth of a baby, a marriage, a significant birthday or in memory of a loved one. I look forward to trying your recipe and I think I may try adding some tuna for a bit of protein.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
What a beautiful write up, with wonderful pictures, I am going to try the salad, one of my favourite salads, this one looks delicious.
All the ingredients are in the fridge! The walnuts will get slightly toasted first, now I know what is for lunch, thank you! Love the picture of you and your sisters; each of you show your different personalities.
Thanks for sharing your loving memories of your mom and the lovely photo of you and your sisters. I can definitely see the resemblance! It’s wonderful to be able to stay in touch and remain close as a family. I will definitely try your recipe for Waldorf salad, which is a favorite of mine! I am also very much looking forward to “Seasons at Highclere.” Hoping you have a happy and healthy autumn!
Yes you must try the Waldorf salad
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
What a wonderful weekend you must have had with your sisters. A special time reminiscing about family while walking amongst the walnut trees and rose garden. My best friend just sent me a lemon tree for my birthday. I can’t wait to plant it and I look forward to picking that first juicy fruit. I will always think of my best friend when I look at that tree as I’m sure you do your sisters and mom when you walk past the walnut grove into the rose garden.
Have a wonderful week,
It is such a lovely memory of my family when I walk through the rose gardens
What are your sisters names?
We enjoyed a lovely tour of your home and the gardens with the Viking tour group last week. You have done so much to beautify your land with the gardens and the trees. It was a lovely day and we enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing your home and gardens with us.
I was crying when I read your blog. specially about your mother and looking at the picture of your sisters—what a lovely group, what are their names, are you the eldest? Placed fourth ?
I lost my wife recently , she has two sisters and she was very close to both , they missed her very much and can’t accept her departure. My mother is in a convalescent
home battling dementia, I am going through grief therapy and not looking forward to the coming holidays, reading your blog made me realize how we should cherish our family when we can see them and “walk” with them in a place full of strong, growing trees!
My regards to Lord Carnarvon and please write about his siblings.
I am so sorry for your loss
Oh. My. Goodness! You are all BEAUTIFUL! Every single one of you!
I can.t wait to try the salad. I am missing only the “rocket” leaves and will research those now. Perhaps for dinner?
Just a heads-up for those who plan to start eating walnuts:
My Dad went to his GP, concerned about his heart.
The GP asked, “Have you just started eating walnuts?” to which my Dad’s bemused reply was, “Yes?”
“Well, stop that, and see if things go back to normal” was the Prescription, which worked!
It certainly doesn’t affect everyone but it does affect a few! Even some cardiologists were unaware of the link.
I recommend the delicious, healthy salad; as with all things, in moderation.
All of our bodies can have different preferences, I completely agree. I had a salad with walnuts today…
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
It’s always so special to get your notes, and this time you’ve shared with us a bit of your family, and a delicious salad. I enjoyed reading about your family, I’m an only child and my Mum always thought they should’ve adopted
another girl, but time, life, and money
Or the lack of!) must’ve happened and I grew up alone. So happy you enjoyed your Sisters and still gather.
Your apple salad is very refreshing.
Have you ever tried making it with a couple pears instead of apples- it lends another wonderfully fresh flavor.
Thank you again for sharing with all of us. You have a special gift when you do this. Sincerest Regards,
I love pears too – they again are great with Roquefort or a blue cheese. The key bit is the dressing
My sister introduced me to your ‘blogs’ a while ago for which I am very grateful. I thoroughly enjoy them, and they allow me to transport myself back to England for a brief moment. I was born and raised in The Lake District, moved to London when I was 9, and then married a GI and moved to California many years ago. Even after all this time , I still miss England terribly and go back to see my sisters whenever I can. Thank you , so much for sharing your beautiful thoughts, surroundings , and recipes, and keeping me in touch with my ‘roots’.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for once again a lovely Monday post. I have your book “Christmas at Highclere,” which I peruse at any time of the year because it is so beautiful, and now I must get “Seasons at Highclere.” I enjoyed the interesting historical information that you shared about walnuts. Your special salad looks delicious, and I will have to make it! I had no idea that you are one of six sisters. I never had a sister but I enjoy hearing about sisters. I love the photo of all of you and reading about your walnut grove and the garden for your mother. Thank you for this post, as beautiful as all of your posts. Warm regards to you and Lord Carnarvon.
Joy Hartnett, Los Angeles, California USA
Thank you Joy!
I’d never heard of Rocket leaves so I googled it and says same as arugula then says too many nitrates don’t eat often so I’ll change up to Romaine. But sounds great!!
Rocket or arugula are fine if there are organically grown. In fact they are very easy to grow in a pot, but grown in tunnels with too much fertiliser and speed ..
You and your sisters are so lovely, and so wonderful to have planted the walnut trees. I, too, am sitting and imagining the fine scents of rose and lavender in honor of your mother. Thank you for posting the walnut salad, yummy…I await Amazon’s delivery soon of “Seasons at Highclere” that I ordered, ‘will add to my collection of your other great Highclere books!
How very kind thank you
What a lovely remembrance for your dear Mum. How wonderful to have so many sisters. I look forward to making your salad recipe – I looks delicious!
I love the photo of you and your sisters. I am the middle of 5 girls, all a year apart. Did your mother dress you and your sisters in matching dresses on holidays too?
I love this salad recipe. We add walnuts to many of our fall apple recipes.
We have black walnuts trees in my area that drop nuts that look like your walnuts, with the green outer covering. They nut shells are very hard to crack, but worth the work to get the nut meat free.
I hope the trees and rose continue to bring pleasure to all of you.
How very kind thank you – when we were quite small we might have matched!
When will your new book be offered for sale?
It is for sale now in the Uk and from Oct 5th in North America
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
What a beautiful and moving homage to your mother. It has brought tears to my eyes. I did print out the Celery Grape and Walnut salad! Learned rocket leaves are called arugula in the US. Cannot wait to make this healthy salad.
Thank you again for how and what you share with us.
I am going to purchase both the Christmas Book and the new Seasons Book in a day or so.-
I am addicted to the Gin- it is my current gift to all who have a clue as to the amazing quality and taste of the Highclere Gin!!
Best to you this upcoming weekend and the Fall Festival!
A really lovely story. My father had six sisters..it seemed to me a magical sort of family. Of course Daddy and Grandfather said they were grossly outnumbered! My father had a defence tactic, long practiced, when asked to pass judgement on dresses, hair or anything feminine he would , always say “Does it fit?” regardless of what it was. I imagine growing up with six sisters was a minefield he would rather not participate in. Unfortunately it simply made everyone very cross, but at least he couldn’t be blamed for a wrong judgement!
It is wonderful to have a place where your love for each other and your mother will always be remembered..so many of us leave houses, gardens and our little pet graves behind when we move onto other places. I always felt so sad for Vita Sackville West when she had to leave Knowle…so unfair.
I am sure visitors will now have a special place in their hearts for your Walnut grove and rose garden now. I hope that you have very many visitors this coming year.
Thank you for your blog, it makes me long for England, but does give me a little picture of it that I treasure. We were due to go to France tomorrow and then on to London, but My Nearest and Dearest fell today and he is trying to unscramble travel arrangements…no mean feat in the Covid time!
Best of luck in re-booking your flights!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
What a lovely family and marvellous story ! My dad (died in his 103 years) did it for each of his grands children.
Thank you for your newsletters so full of good vibes.
What a wonderful age!
Thank you, Lady Carnarvon for sharing a part of your family with us. I, too, lost my mother some years ago. She neither liked to cook, nor was any good at it. With the notable exception of one item: potato salad. I spent many Sundays during my childhood watching her make it, and acting as her taste tester. Thus, I am the only one of my siblings that can recreate the recipe. I look forward to adding your cucumber grape and walnut salad alongside my mothers Potato salad as we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, here in the US.
Dear Lady Carnarvon
What a delightful photo of you and your sisters and the story of why you planted the Walnut trees. A lovely connection to your mother and your sisters, a memory you will all treasure forever.
I did something slightly different in honor of my mother also. She was a florist and her favourite flower was a rose. When my daughters moved into their own homes I sent each one of them a rose called Mothers Love and now I am continuing by sending the same rose to my grand-daughters and great-grand-daughter. The last one is only 10 but “her” rose takes pride of place in the front garden right alongside the front door “so everybody knows our house is full of love”. 🙂 A beautiful child with a beautiful heart also.
In reality whether we are rich or poor the only thing we have to leave behind is memories. Whilst we remember those memories and the people we made them with, they have not died. In our minds they are still alive and enriching our lives.
Thank goodness we are out of lockdown in our town and 78% of our citizens have had both doses of vaccination. With help from the Armed Forces a giant effort was made to get “the jab” into the community and everyone stepped up to the task and we are now aiming for 90%. I hope all our chatters are well.
My best wishes to everyone at Highclere and thank you for your lovely post re walnut trees. God Bless
Excuisite and endearing memory of your mother. My mother loved to have us children in the kitchen with her and to conversationalize with us as adults talking up to not down to us.
Some new people recently moved into our village; their new garden needed revitalising, and one of the first things they did was CUT DOWN A SIXTY YEAR OLD WALNUT TREE !! I wept to see it going through a chipper …. think how wonderful walnut timber is, never mind the nuts ….
MY DEAR LADY CARNARVON,
GOOD MORNING FROM BRAZIL,
H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES CHARLES IN THE BOOK: “HIGHCLERE AN ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN”
“OCTOBER IS A TIME OF HARVEST IN THE KITCHEN GARDEN AND IN THE APPLE ORCHARDS,.HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE SOME PEARS-JUICY ONES, IF WE ARE LUCHY,AND NOT ONES MADE OF COTTON WOOL OR BLOTTING PAPER. THE EAGERLY , ANTICIPATED
FIRST BRUSSELS SPROUT OF THE SEASON HERALD A WINTER DIET OF THIS DELECTABLE VEGETABLE, AS WELL AS CARROTS, LEEKS, CABBAGES AND POTATOES.THIS IS THE MONTH TO GIVE THANKS FOR THE ETERNAL PARTNER SHIP BETWEEN MAN AND NATURE AND TO REMENBER THAT UNLESS WE GIVE BACK TO NATURE IN EQUAL MEASURE TO WHAT WE TAKE FROM HER, SHE WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN US INTO THE FUTURE. IT IS A SUBTE AND SEVERENCIAL BALANCE THAT HAS TO BE STRUCK, BUT HAS BEEN ALL TOO READILY FORGOTTEN IN THE RUSH TO EXPLOUT. ”
BEST WISHES FROM BRAZIL TO ALL HIGHCLERE CASTLE.
RIO CLARO – SP
P.S. I’M SO SORRY, PLEASE IS HIGHGROVE NOT HIGHCLERE. SO SORRY.
I made this salad tonight as an accompaniment to pink salmon & potato patties. It as a delicious combination, thank you!
Thank you !
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
This is my first time reading your blog, or any blog for that matter, but I’ve seen you on several television interviews and it’s your genuineness that appeals to me. Your tribute to your mother and sisters is touching. My mother passed in May 2020, it’s been tough, but I know she’s with our Lord. My faith and family have really helped me through this challenging time.
I agree, Lavender has it’s healing effects and the soothing scents from our roses provide serenity. Between my husband, Chuck and I, we’re teaching our young granddaughters, Athena and Ilaria, to embrace and appreciate the riches our land has to offer.
Thank you for the delicious-sounding salad recipe, which we will soon enjoy!
For now, I see that I have a lot to catch up on your blog and look forward to learning about your personal outlook on life.
Good health to you,
I made the salad tonight as a treat to myself and it was so delicious. I didn’t have yogurt so I substituted sour cream…amazing. Next time I may add some chunky bits of avocado.
Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe.
Lady Carnarvon pictures of six sisters walk and lovely to visit highcelere castle and a fan of Downton abbey and did you have a nice weekend and celebrate 30 years at work
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
Thank you for your Monday blog and for sharing such an endearing story about you and your five sisters, mother, and overall healthy eating (walnuts) advice.
I was in attendance at a conference and exposition in Austin, Texas last week, so today is the first opportunity I had to read the same, and to watch the social media presentation on how to prepare and serve the delicious fruit, vegetable, and walnut salad. I plan on giving it a try sometime in the near future.
So until next week, keep on eating wisely.
P.S. While in Texas, I obtained some information that may benefit you, and will forward it under a separate e-mail.
I just started watching Downton Abby. I can say without shame; I am addicted. I am fascinated with the castle and began exploring further, which led me here. The first thing I notice are your dogs. Beautiful!!!
I am amazed that all sisters can stand that close to each other; without one snarl. . How many of us can truly pull that off? Hahaha. Hope that made someone out there laugh a bit.
Deborah Rose Mills Veedersburg, Indiana
Hello Lady Carnarvon:
I love how you have memorialized your mother by planting the walnut trees and creating the rose garden. Your story was a wonderful tribute to her.
I try to plant at least one tree every year, around Arbor Day or Earth Day. I have many oaks, tulip poplar, dogwood, walnut, etc. The first oak I planted many years ago came from the property where I grew up on Shake Rag Road, north of Danville, Illinois. There are several black walnut trees on my property, but I can’t take credit for planting those; the squirrels did that:) I have been collecting the nuts this past week. I use them to make black walnut chocolate fudge around Christmastime. I also love them in banana bread.
You and your 5 sisters have so many similar features and are quit beautiful girls. I have 4 lovely daughters of my own. I truly enjoy reading your e-mail each week and hearing about your adventures in and around Highclere. Best wishes to you and your family.
Thank you lady Carnarvon for the wonderful stories. My family in Wyoming was acquainted with the Wqallops of Big Horn. Oliver wallop was a good friend of my father rev. Donald G Smith who was rector of St. Peter’s episcopal church in sheridan Wyoming. I was so pleased to learn of Jeannie wallop marrying into the family of the house (castle) used in Downton Abbie. I love taht story and so glad theres to be a new chapter. I only met jeaNNIE ONE TIME WHEN I WENT OUT TO THE WALLOPS HOME IN BIG HORN TO SPEND THE NIGHT WITH HER SISTER TOOGIE . CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT HER HISTORY IS. I NEVER KNEW HER WELL ENOUGH TO COMMUNICATE. I ENSED UP TRACVLING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WHEN MY FATHER BECAME A CHAPLAIN IN WWII AND WENT THROUGH THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE AND THEN WENT FROM SHERIDAN ,WYO,TO DALLAS TEXAS AND THE CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION. AFTER TRAVELING AROUND DURING THA TWAR I AM AGAIN IN THDFW AREA AN LIVE WITH MY YOUNGER SONAND WIFE IN ALEDO TEXAS. I AM NOW 86 YEARS OL. I REALLY ENJOY ALL THE STORIES OF YOUR FAMILY AND HOME. THANK YOU FOR TELLING THEM
Thank you Christyn, sadly my mother in law died two years ago. She was a beautiful lady