|Thomas Hardy's Childhood Home, Lower Bockhampton, Dorset|
I have a lot more good ideas than I have time or money. Unfortunately, I usually find enough of both to start something – but often not enough to finish. Let’s be honest, I’m just not good at finishing things. So if it’s a good idea that can be worked in stages, there is a chance for some success.
Most of my trips to
have several slots in the itinerary for the homes of my favorite English authors or locations associated with their lives or books. This is not difficult as England is just crawling with both of these. If I like an author, I want to read everything he has written and I want the books on my shelves because I am one of those odd ducks who rereads books on a regular basis. (This is something I will probably discuss at a later date.) I try to buy used books whenever possible – it saves money, it saves books, and I often get a pleasant little surprise that has been inadvertently tucked in the book by the original owner. I’ve found such things as a French train ticket, a vintage England bookstore receipt, and a ticket stub from an early Star Trek movie – not to mention bookmarks from exotic locations, like London . Cleveland
So here is a lovely idea I had which I would like to recommend to any avid readers out there. When you are ordering prints from your vacation – get an extra copy of any that are associated with a book on your shelf, write the date and general information on the back, and tuck it in the book. I can imagine someone, perhaps a grandchild, opening Hardy’s “Mayor of Casterbridge” and finding a photo of The King's Arms' Hotel in Dorchester High Street - its "spacious bow-window projected into the street over the main portico," through which Mrs. Henchard saw her husband being entertained as Mayor of Casterbridge. More likely, they’ll open a Harry Potter book and find the Gloucester Cathedral Cloisters, a filming location for several of the movies.
Here is an example: The Book
The photo of an actual Mousehole Cat taken in Mousehole, Cornwall in 2007:
A photo of my miniature Cornish Kitchen with the Mousehole Cat sunning himself:
|(more about this kitchen later)|
A little library, growing every year, is an honorable part of a man's history. It is a man's duty to have books. - Henry Ward Beecher