Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Take a stroll with me

As promised in my last POST
I'd like to take you on a stroll 
to a famous little cottage in 
the English countryside

Follow me through the beautiful Thorncombe Woods to the family home of Thomas Hardy, one of the most renowned poets and novelists in English literary history

The path that leads through the woods
is so delightful

Let's stop and admire the Bluebells

Alas, we reach the small thatched roof cottage

The birth place and family home of Hardy

Thomas Hardy, the son of a stonemason, was born in Dorset, England, on June 2, 1840. He trained as an architect and worked in London and Dorset for ten years. Hardy began his writing career as a novelist, publishing Desperate Remedies (Tinsley Brothers) in 1871, and was soon successful enough to leave the field of architecture for writing. His novels Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Osgood McIlvaine & Co., 1891) and Jude the Obscure (Osgood McIlvaine & Co., 1895), which are considered literary classics today.

Won't you join me and my hubby
on a little tour of this charming cottage?

Perhaps Hardy sat here by the fire 
and dreamed up the plots for his 
romantic novels 

 Or spent his mornings here casting his
gaze on the beauty of the English garden
while dreaming up poetic works

I know I could sit at this little window,
with a cup of tea, and one of Hardy's
 books and lose my self for an entire afternoon

before I do, let's climb the small winding stairs 
to the second floor of this delightful cottage

Oh how beautiful!!
I think we may have discovered 
what Mrs. Hardy did with her time 
while Thomas was writing his books

and now look what we find
a cozy little bedroom 

Perhaps I'll spend the night!!

And look, there's even a room for you!

But suddenly I feel the nudge of the tour guide
moving us along

.....and now I'm afraid we must all find 
our way back to our own "cottage"

Every Little Birdie says
I think I'll make a cup of tea
and read one of Hardy's BOOKS!!
(and you can too, just click on 
the Books link
to see a list of his novels) 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Take A Peak

 Hubby and I recently spent five weeks in England

I have family there and one of the things we love to do
is visit the many National Trust Properties

The trust describes itself as "a charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces—for ever, for everyone".

In other words if the owners (Lords and Lady's) of the grand manor houses can no longer afford the high taxes and upkeep on the properties (which have probably been in their families for hundreds of years) they can bequeath them to the National Trust and the Trust will take over the cost and upkeep of these national treasures.

Many times the families will still be able to live
in a smaller portion of the house while the remainder
is open to the public to visit. 

So put on that fancy hat

 and join us as we visit
these grand, beautiful castles and homes........

Let's head over to  
West Sussex to the 
palatial estate of Petworth

Petworth has been home to descendents of the same family for 900 years.  The Petworth art collection is the finest and the most important in the care of the National Trust
 Let's enter this spectacular home through the back courtyard which separates the main house from the detached building where the servants lived and worked - there is an underground tunnel that the servants used to travel to and from the main house

 Hope you wore your comfy shoes
there's lots of walking and lot's of stairs!!

The state rooms are laid out much the 
same as they were hundreds of years ago

These grand spaces were never intended for everyday living.  They were designed to showcase the extraordinary collection of paintings and sculptures to the family's guests

However there is a section of this magnificent home that is still  
lived in by Lord and Lady Egremont, 
as they continue the tradition 
of unbroken family occupancy 

  Let's pretend we had tea with Lord and Lady Egremount 

How do you like your tea?  One lump of sugar or two????
..........and now we must say goodbye and
travel on down the road to Kent

Climb into your carriage or Rolls Royce
(which ever suits your taste)

We are going to visit 
Hever Castle

(Home to Anne Boylen while she was 
being courted by King Henry the VIII)

 Check out the history of Hever Castle HERE

Won't you join us for a look around this fabulous castle

How are those feet doing????  If you can walk a little further let's take a stroll around the beautiful grounds

 And finally, what's a castle without 
it's own private lake!!

Thank you for wandering around the English countryside with us

We hope you enjoyed your peak
into these magnificent homes

Every Little Birdie says
 Watch for my next post
We will be visiting a famous English cottage!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter

We woke to a beautiful Easter morning

Our Savior is risen!
He is risen indeed!

The choir did a glorious program
at church this morning

Our Redeemer lives

After lunch we took a stroll
through the Victoria Gardens


Such a beautiful, peaceful place

The perfect place to reflect on Jesus, His
love for us and His wonderful gift of grace

Every Little Birdie says

 We hope you had a blessed Easter