Colchester in the snow.

It looks like a thaw is on its way, so we popped out for a walk around Castle Park this Sunday lunchtime, and back via a couple of pubs.

Colchester Castle was looking nice in the snow, and the hill at the back of the castle, originally intended to make it difficult for attackers to storm the castle from the north, was perfect for sledging.


 
In amongst the usual snowmen was one which stood out – somebody with an artistic bent had given him a really impressive set of features…

There were several squirrels about – all of whom were quite tame.



The walk home went via the Dutch Quarter, and the house we had lived in during the mid-1980s on Northgate Street, and up East Hill, which was devoid of any snow. But heading out on Crouch Street the snow underfoot returned, and we popped into The Hospital Arms for a drink. The pub was full, serving roast lunches, which looked most attractive, so we made do with a quick bit of Adnams Old Ale at the back bar.

Heading back home we popped into The Fat Cat on Butt Road, and a pint of Mauldon’s Eatanswill Old went down very nicely. There’s an interesting article about Mauldon’s brewery by Roger Protz here.