Barony of    North Cadbury                                                                                   Somerset  ·  England                                                                                                                                                                                                          Erected by King William I. about AD 1066                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                'Keeping history alive'                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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                                                                      8th MAY 2021                                                                        

'Downton Abbey 2' confirmed for Christmas 2021

Credit: M. Wilson

On Monday 19th April, it was confirmed that Highclere Castle will be the location of the forthcoming Downton Abbey film, written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Simon Curtis. The second "Downton Abbey" film is hitting the cinemas just in time for Christmas.

Fans can look forward to another "Downton Abbey" film. The sequel to the first film from 2019 is set to hit cinemas as early as Christmas 2021. Filming has already begun.
The main actors from the predecessor will also be seen in the sequel, include Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGowern as Lord and Lady Grantham, Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael as their daughters Mary and Edith, Jim Carter as Mr Carson and biggest fan favourite Maggie Smith as Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
will also be back on the screen and many well known actors more. A Christmas launch is perfect, of course, because the "Downton Abbey" series has always had a tradition of producing very special Christmas episodes, and the first feature film also basically already felt like such a Christmas special - except that it launched in autumn 2019.

This is something to look forward to and be very excited about.  

                                                                         9th APRIL 2021                                                                            

A very sad day: Prince Philip passed away aged 99

                                              HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921 - 2021                                                  Credit: newsphoto/Alamy Stock Foto      

                     Buckingham Palace Announcement of the Death of The Duke of Edinburgh
                                                           Published Friday, April 9th 2021       

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

It is a difficult day to learn that this morning Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at Windsor Castle.
We are in great mourning and our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and the whole Royal Family.
Prince Philip was always a great support with selfless devotion to his wife the Queen and he served the British people and the Commonwealth at all times.

A really very sad day! Prince Philip will remain unforgettable!

                                                                         3rd APRIL 2021                                                                             

      A Royal spring walk before Easter     

       Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles enjoy a walk in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor.  CREDIT: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo                  

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles mark the Easter weekend with a walk in the gardens of Frogmore House in Windsor. Buckingham Palace released two photos of the Queen and the Prince of Wales enjoying the fresh spring air.

In photos released yesterday 2nd April, the Queen and the Prince of Wales posed for a portrait within the backyard of Frogmore House. The mother and son duo kept warm with long coats and a warm smile. The Queen, who turns 95 later this month, is wearing certainly one of her famed headscarves with a inexperienced, full-length raincoat and black boots, she smiled and laughed, together with her gloved fingers in her pockets. 

It is the first time in months that the Queen and her eldest son and heir to the throne Prince Charles have shown themselves together again. After the ongoing tough contact restrictions in the UK, families and friends are now allowed to meet again - but only outside and in a circle of up to six people or two households. And even though both have now been vaccinated, they naturally want to set a good example.

       Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles enjoy a walk in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor.  CREDIT: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo  


                                                                   20th MARCH 2021                                                                         

                                   First day of spring 2021                          

The official date for the start of astronomical spring is today. The first day of spring is here and the change in clocks follows shortly after. It marks the beginning of longer days filled with sunshine and warmer temperatures and blooming daffodils. One week later week after the official start of spring the clocks will change. Next Sunday, 28 March, the clocks will be set forward by 1 hour and the so-called British Summer Time begins.

                                                                   13th MARCH 2021                                                                        

                                           The Continuity of the British Monarchy  -                              the Royal Family through the ages from Queen Victoria to Elizabeth II

                                        'Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown'                                                                                                                 William Shakespeare                                                                                

Monarchy is the oldest form of government in the United Kingdom. Within our monarchy, a king or queen is the Head of State. The British Monarchy is known as a constitutional monarchy. This means that, while The Sovereign is Head of State, the ability to make and pass legislation resides with an elected Parliament. Although monarch no longer has a political or executive role, he or she continues to play an important part in the life of the nation, and its overseas territories.

As Head of State, the monarch undertakes constitutional and representational duties which have developed over one thousand years of history.  The Sovereign acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride; gives a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognises success and excellence, and supports the idea of voluntary service. In all these roles the monarch is supported by members of their immediate family. The monarch and their immediate family undertake various official, ceremonial, diplomatic and representational duties.

The burden of wearing the crown is a great responsibility and has nothing to do with a fairy tale. The monarch's life is put at the service of the public, be it short or long. The Queen has sworn an oath to her people and this should also be given respect. Each king or queen has had highs and lows in their respective reigns. No time is without crises that have to be overcome. This was the case even before Queen Victoria, and even Victoria had to deal with difficult matters during her 63-year reign. The monarchy has always had to move with the times and only in this way has it been able to survive, even through highs and lows and with the loyal support of the people.

The current Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has been on the British throne for 69 years, longer than Queen Victoria and any other monarch before her and she is a strong symbol for reliability and continunity of the Britsh Nation. The next King Charles and thereafter William, and that is certain, will also devote their life and duties entirely into the service of the nation.

'God save the Queen.'

 28th FEBRUARY 2021

                  Dinner for Two for Lord & Lady North Cadbury                    Restaurant-style 4 course dinner at home

In this time of corona lockdown, we all have no other choice to enjoy the time at home. Once again Lord and Lady North Cadbury enjoyed an excellent 4 course meal from a nearby awarded restaurant:

starter: Black pudding Apple strudel with Craneberrie chutney and lamb's lettuce, soup: Sorrel soup, Main: Fillet of beef with pine nut crust and shallots in red wine shallot butter, beans wrapped in bacon and potatoes au gratin and for dessert Mango pineapple salad with coconut passion fruit puree and passion fruit meringue and crispy yoghurt.

           6th FEBRUARY 2021          

The Queen reigns 69 years now and she is well!

69 years ago today, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II. For the Queen, it is not a day of celebration, as her Accession Day is also the anniversary of the death of her father, King George VI. In early 1952, Elizabeth and Philip set out for a tour of Australia and New Zealand by way of Kenya. On 6 January 1952 she learned that her father had died suddenly during the night. As a young woman of 25, this was a very sad situation of her beloved father's dead. Her coronation took place a year later, on June 2, 1953 and she took on the duty and heavy burden of wearing the crown. 

Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and has been since 2015, when she surpassed the length of Queen Victoria’s reign. This year Elizabeth II turns 95 and Prince Philip 100. She has experienced many highs and lows in her long life and reign. She has devoted her entire life into the service to the nation and the crown with a tremendous sense of duty and dedication. A truly remarkable lady.

The Queen typically spends her Accession Day privately at Sandringham, her royal estate in Norfolk, but she is currently together with Prince Philip  living in isolation at Windsor Castle due to the corona pandemic and only attends the most necessary public engagements. The royal couple received the corona virus vaccine already in January.

However, Queen Elizabeth is hoping to travel to London before summer, as she has big plans to celebrate her birthday again in June with a great public parade. She is hoping that her birthday parade 'Trooping the Colour' will take place in London this summer. Perhaps everyone will then to bring out a toast to HM The Queen and this festive occassion with Champagne - the Queen will certainly do so with her favourite drink 'Gin & Dubonnet'. We can be very curious about the coming English summer.

              'God save the Queen'                                           


                3rd FEBRUARY 2021                 

   Sir William Botreaux, 1st Baron Botreaux and 13th Lord of Codiford Farleigh -             a noble man and one of Cornwall’s medieval lawbreakers?         

Restormel Deer Park - from a Chart in the Reign of King Henry VIII's

Seigniorial parkland also exercised a strong pull on nefarious Cornishmen and Sir William Botreaux was one of the men who broke into the Black Prince’s parks in the county of Cornwall and hunted in these and carried away his deer. So it was claimed.

The present Baron and Baroness of North Cadbury also hold of the Lordship of Codiford Farleigh in Cornwall and one of the predecssors was William Botreaux, 1st Baron Botreaux. It seems that he with many other involved men hunted on the Black Prince's grounds.                                                                                                  In July 1381 a royal commission found that William, Lord Botreaux, hearing of the Great Revolt in London, had gathered 80 men and broken into the Black Prince's parks, hunted his deer, killing 20 of them, and generally damaged his property. Lord Botreaux’s wife appealed against the charge, saying that her husband was then on service in Portugal, and that he had been falsely accused.

       31st JANUARY 2021         

      A restaurant-style dinner at home in lockdown         

Unfortunately, corona virus still has us in its grip. Despite the prospect of vaccination, the lockdown remains in place for almost all areas of public life. All shops and restaurants are still closed. But many restaurants offer a pick-up service for their dinners.

Today we had such an excellent three course menue from a nearby Michelin-starred restaurant. Everything was prepared easily ready to cooked and enjoy in style afterwards. Only the restaurant can arrange the meal better than we can and one thing was missing, that's the service like in the restaurant ;-)

                                                              10th JANUARY 2021                                                                    

 English Winter Impressions   

by courtesy of Lord Martyn Spencer-Link

Many people have a romantic idea of what winter in England is like: snow covered rolling hills, small robins chirping on a red post box, rosy-cheeked kids breathing huge clouds of steam running around sporting woolly hats and scarves and gloves, building a snowman complete with a carrot for a nose and lumps of coal for eyes and a smile.                                                                                                                                     Unfortunately winters in England aren’t quite like that. Mostly it doesn't snow that much anymore. However, lately it has become quite wintry in the northern parts of the country. After a snow storm in West Yorkshire last week it was possible to build a great snowman.


                                                                     1st JANUARY 2021