Featured image: Tulips welcomed the rain more than I did on Tuesday during our visit to Bath, in County Somerset, UK.
Cornwall Cogitation 15/193 Saturday 13 April 2019 Past voices echo plaintively over Bath, UK.
Bath is a place to soak or soak up. We did the latter.
Bath’s most famous resident, Jane Austen (1775-1817), lived here for only five years (1801-1806), yet the city significantly influenced her life and writing. Her social commentary often pricked the foibles and pretensions of gentrified life.
I like Austen’s style in the first book she wrote, at age 15. It’s a 16-page pocketbook: The History of England by a partial, prejudiced & ignorant Historian (1791). She begins the booklet with Henry the 4th who “ascended the throne of England much to his own satisfaction in the year 1399, having prevailed on his cousin & predecessor Richard the 2d, to resign it to him, & to retire to Pomfret Castle, where he happened to be murdered.”
The Jane Austen Centre duly celebrates her life and work.
“In the 8th century after Christ, Bath Abbey was founded as a Benedictine monastery. Its community was committed to worshipping God, justice for the poor and hospitality to all people. the Abbey is now a parish church, still guided by the same values.” Welcome flyer
Sally Bunn’s Eating House 1680
Pulteney Bridge across River Avon
King George V (1911-1936) collected nearly all the stamps issued during his reign. He wanted to amass the best stamp collection in the world, not just one of the best. He passed the collection on to his son, King George VI, who subsequently issued it to the present Queen.
The Royal Crescent
Photos from an outing a week ago (noted in last week’s blog)
Carnevas, site of the Bedruthan Steps
These days and weeks have been awesome. On Friday we finally did the walk from Penzance to Mousehole (Mouzel), tallying up 9.5 miles.
Today we get to visit Tregothnan, a private estate near Truro that opens its gates for two days a year in support of a charity. The charity is iSightcornwall, offering resources for people with visual impairments. Tregothnan grows a vast range of plants, including tea, flowers and trees. It manages the largest historic botanic garden in Cornwall, tracing back centuries to 1334.
Now I know: The reverse side of the Bank of England 10 Pounds note features the image of Jane Austen, with her quote, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”