Today in the second part of this series about St Michael's Mount we go inside the castle. To see the journey to the castle click the labels at the end of the post.
Thank you for all of your lovely comments on the first part yesterday. It sounds as though many of you have visited here in the past and enjoyed it a great deal or hope to visit in the future. So I hope that these posts are bringing back happy memories and inspiring future visits!
As with my post yesterday, lots of pictures, and (hopefully!) not too many words.
This is the fabulous Library which some of you mentioned in the comments yesterday. Isn't wonderful!! Can you just imagine curling up here with a book on a stormy day with the wind and rain raging outside and you are all safe and warm with all of these books to read. That would be pretty perfect I think!!
Again, more ceilings! It is always good to look upwards. Ceilings can tell you a lot about the building you are in and the history of a place.
This Dining Room is fabulous isn't it. I love all of the plasterwork decoration. So much incredible detail.
There were some wonderful pieces of silver on display. So ornate. Not really my taste in terms of what I would love to own - if I had the chance! - but I do like to admire them and the workmanship which is incredible and so detailed.
This fish really is a wonder to behold isn't it!
We had no idea what this was until we looked around and saw this information sheet. No real idea how it works, or if it is reliable, but it is certainly unusual!!!
There were so many great doors and windows and pieces of metalwork. All so intricate and detailed.
You come out of the castle and go outside for a little bit before returning inside, so you can see more of the outside of the buildings and the amazing views.
Here are some sneaky peaks into the garden! You can see why it needs a post of its own.
I loved this rainwater arrangement! Just the right sort of thing for a castle!
You could see that the causeway was really getting clear now and the men were starting to go to work on the repairs.
I am terrible at identifying birds, but this little fellow was so lovely and obligingly stood for many photos. I am sure that someone can tell me what he is! Some sort of finch is my guess???
The Queen and Prince Philip and Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall had all visited fairly recently and we saw this photo of The Queen signing the visitors book in the room you see above.
This cork model of the castle is amazing isn't it!
These are Coronation Chairs. Not to boast, but at work we have two of each of these! OK, I am boasting a little!!!
Here you can see a lovely painting of James and Mary St Aubyn who are the current occupants of the castle. James moved to the island when his uncle, Lord St Levan retired.
This is a suit of Samurai Armour.
Here you can see the footprints of the royal visitors. There was another set as well - that I didn't photograph.
We then headed off round to the far side of the castle to visit the gardens - which I will share with you tomorrow. Don't worry by the way, the castle isn't really leaning as it looks in the picture below! Bad photography!
Again, I hope that you enjoyed this and got a flavour of the inside of the building!