The Leeds Castle in the Kent county of England is a beautiful castle and located in very picturesque settings—the kind that’ll take your breath away. The extensive grounds offer opportunities for picnicking, playing golf, jousting tournaments, knight school, and so on.
The man at the ticket counter was very helpful in pointing out the various attractions at the Castle. So, when he told me not miss seeing the peacocks, I didn’t really believe him or pay much attention to this fact. Having seen many peacocks in India, they were not really on my priority list of things to “see” in the Castle.
But as it happened, I didn’t really have to go looking for the peacocks; they happened to be loitering near the path I was taking to the Castle. I actually heard the peacocks before I saw them, or rather I heard the “oohs” from the adoring tourists. It’s only when I saw the first one that, I couldn’t help “oohing” myself ! See for yourself:
There was only one white peacock and the others were the regular blue peacocks. But the white peacock was the star. He jumped and danced and preened and furled and unfurled its feathers. In the words of a fellow tourist he put up a “jolly good show” !
This was the first time that I was seeing a white peacock, and never had I seen such a pure, pristine shade of white either. It was so white that ideally it should have hurt the eye, but somehow it didn’t. 🙂