In the movies castles are no more impressive than any other stage set, in fact, less so for the lack of novel gadgets. If it's medieval, we've seen it all before. To see castles in real lift though gives some perspective to the vast amounts of time that have passed since their creation. Stones that will show no weathering in my lifetime have vertical valleys, rivulets for the seasonal rains. Castles aren't static as I thought them to be; they are less “buildings” now than “sculptures of nature.” Each imperfection is shaped by insignificant drops, none of them a match for the stone, but together sufficient to carve a joint legacy or organic art.