August 30, 1856.
On arriving at
Balmoral at seven o’clock in the evening, we found the tower
finished as well as the offices, and the poor old house gone! The
effect of the whole is very fine.
Gardens, &c. round the New Castle.
August 31, 1856.
We walked along the
river and outside the house. The new offices and the yard are
excellent; and the little garden on the west side, with the eagle
fountain which the King of Prussia gave me, and which used to be in
the greenhouse at Windsor, is extremely pretty; as are also the
flower-beds under the walls of the side which faces the Dee. There
are sculptured arms on the different shields, gilt, which has a very
good effect; and a bas-relief under our windows—not
gilt—representing St. Hubert, with St. Andrew on one side and St.
George on the other side: all done by Mr. Thomas.