One of our favourite homes is
|Sit in the window where Hardy|
did some of his earliest writing.
|Jane Austin's writing table.|
Beatrix Potter's home, Hill Top Farm, is a place Stuart and I visit over and over again, and we were there just last March during our week long break in the Lake District. I've been to Hill Top six or seven times, but every time my heart skips a beat and I'm flushed with excitement just walking up the pathway to the house.
|Hill Top Farm, March 2014|
|The White Garden, Sissinghurst|
|No visit to London is complete without a visit to |
Charles Dickens' home and museum................
|The Kilns, February 2013|
"I can't imagine a man really enjoying
a book and only reading it once." -C.S. Lewis
|Addison's Walk, Oxford, C.S. Lewis favourite walk.|
There's something called the 'Spirit of Place' and the gift that each of these homes gives measures far beyond the material and concrete four walls of each home. Dove Cottage, Hill Top, The Kilns and the rest, each give you the very spirit that runs through The Jungle Book and The Tale of Tom Kitten, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and The Edwardians, The Great Divorce and All Creatures Great & Small, Daffodils and Great Expectations, and it's a gift that each of these writers continues to bless us with long after they've left this world.