Gwydir Castle, Snowdonia, Wales

My visit to Gwydir Castle in June 2012 was inspirational when it came to conjuring several aspects of Archenfield, the palace and its grounds. This picture shows the beautiful landscaped gardens, which I had in mind when I was writing about Asta and Silva walking through the palace grounds. It’s not only the structure of the gardens that appealed to me, but its aspect. From many points, you can see the mountains looming above and this made me think of Silva, gazing at them and thinking longingly of her homeland, tantalisingly on the other side.

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