Something about Worthing I didn't know until we did some research on the internet before we went. Oscar Wilde visited the place at the end of the 1890's and wrote his final play "The Importance of Being Earnest" there. Which might explain why the character John Worthing is so named.
On arrival back at the hotel we had our meal in the restaurant. Not exactly busy. Infact, we were the only guests in there.
The following morning we had around an hour or so to kill before the parking ticket ran out so we walked along the beach at the front of the hotel. We took some photographs and then we decided to head off home. On the way we had decided that we might stop off at a National Trust property. We stopped at a Tesco to get some cruissants and Danish pastrys to eat on the way home. And so we hit the road back to the M25.
Instead of a National Trust property we made for Arundel. The castle was the inspiration for the castle in Gormenghast, the series of novels written by Mervyn Peake. It just so happens that this year is the centenary of his birth. We could see the town, and the magnificent castle that stood above the town of Arundel, so it was easy why it could be such an influence on an author such as Peake.
We soon found a carpark. The place isn't that large, so finding parking wasn't too difficult, fortunately.
There were signs up for 'Flower Carpet' and 'Corpus christi' which we didn't understand. What was it all about? We were intrigued to know why the carpark should be so signposted. We decided to walk into the centre of Arundel and have a look around, and perhaps have something to eat and a coffee somewhere. The town is built on a hill, and it was a steep climb up towards the castle which loomed over all. We stopped in several bookshops, and took in the history and architecture of the place. We saw lots of coaches going up the hill, and quite a few people going in the same direction. Could it be something to do with this 'Carpet of Flowers' which we soon discovered was in the cathedral, further up the hill past the castle. We stopped and chatted to a lady who was coming DOWN the hill, and she told us all about this 'Carpet of Flowers' in the cathedral.
It turned out that the day was Corpus Christi (as I'm not a Catholic I don't know what it's about.) and the 'Carpet of Flowers' was put down the central aisle of the cathedral. More intriguing than anything else. As it was about to rain, we decided to shelter in the porch at the front of the cathedral, where other people were gathering and where coaches were setting down their passengers and people were queing to go into the cathedral. So, we decided to follow and go inside the cathedral.
The place was thronged with people snaking around the cathedral. We joined the queues, and saw some quite amazing floral decorations, and then we saw the Floral Carpet. I can't actually do it justice here and I'll attempt to put some photographs on here if I am able to upload what we took as we went round the cathedral. This carpet of flowers stretched up the central aisle of the cathedral and had a complex pattern in it's design.
Having had a good look round, and managing not to trip over the countless zimmer frames of many of the visitors, we left the cathedral. We had a further wander around Arundel. Carol had wanted to have a walk around the castle, but I had to persuade her that it was going to be very much longer than she anticipated, so, the rain having stopped, we walked back down the hill to the centre of the town. We found a really nice cafe to have a coffee and we bought some pasties to eat in the car on our way home. We returned to the car and made our way out of Arundel.
The journey home was quicker than the journey down. We stopped in the carpark of one of the service areas on the Motorway, and came back through Aylesbury and High Wycombe. We got home to find the house surprisingly tidy, considering what Daniel and his mates must have got up to the previous night. The dogs were pleased to see us, although I think they must have been wondering where we'd gone and why we'd gone off without them!