The Berkshire branch of the Cambridge Society visited Bosham for their annual weekend get together. The Friday started with a tour of Chichester Cathedral where we had a tour of their library and archives. The Museum was fascinating. The screen being modern art by Sergei Fyodorov a Russian icon painter. (Russian: Сергей Константинович Фёдоров, alternative English spelling Sergey Fedorov), born in Moscow, Russia in 1969. An old interesting monument in the cathedral, is a fourteenth century table tomb on which lie the effigies of Richard Fitzalan Earl of Arundel, and his second wife Eleanor holding hands. The Cathedral also has some spectacular gardens. After the cathedral we toured Pallant House Gallery. Alas no photographs.
We had a great meal and overnight stay at the Millstream hotel in Bosham.
Saturday morning was a packed day, quick tour around the Bosham church, the walked to Fishbourne Palace for the Roman excavations. After lunch here, we walked on to Rymans gardens, and then down to Dell Quay. Here we had a boat trip down Fishbourne creek and back. Finally crossing the creek again and walking back in the evening to Bosham for a well deserved refueling.
Sunday early risers drove to Selsey Bill after breakfast, Pagham Harbour to view the birds. Then we went on to Cass Sculpture Park. I was really impressed by the sculptures, and most definitely want to plant a few in our fields. I have several favourites, I know I can only have one, Gate, Tongue in Cheek and Regardless of History impress me.
After lunch we visited West Dean Garden. A veritable treasure, a training center and a great place to go and view gardens.