Sylv and Beena sharing a log-bench with a carved otter in the grounds of Ushaw College, near Durham. The artist has also created a fox, a snake or serpent (it’s big) and a wonderfully lifelike badger – though I have yet to discover the name of the artist. Ushaw College was the main Catholic seminary in the north of England but it seems few men want to be priests these days and so now it houses some University departments and the main buildings are run by a charitable trust. Several Pugins were involved in the design of the buildings, so it’s well worth a visit, as are the grounds where several arcane games were played, versions of the Eton Wall Game and rounders.

Pin It on Pinterest