Week 1 favorites ~ Arundel Castle ~ the first of the houses we visited. Pearched high above the River Arun, it is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk. Although much of it (including the keep) was rebuilt in the 19th century, the house still retains some of its medieval flair. There was wonderful furniture and some gorgeous needlepoint (more on that later), but for me I think the highlight was a picnic on the tennis courts, surrounded by cascades of roses (see below). Sigh...oh, how I miss those egg and mayonnaise sandwiches (even if they did have butter on them!).