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Haworth – STILL Wuthering and Very Much So!

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES with tags , , on September 5, 2009 by echostains

The Black Bull pub by day

The Black Bull pub by day

Yes we went to Haworth yet again…and what weather it it was!  I have never been when it’s rained, I have never stayed over and seen the place in the dark.  So there were quite a few first there.  I will put my new pictures on tomorrow, in the meanwhile enjoy ‘Did the REAL Charlotte Bronte just Stand up?’

Branwell Bronte: those cobbles have a lot to answer for!

Branwell Bronte: those cobbles have a lot to answer for!

P.S.  I have a new theory about Branwell Bronte: that poor lad wasn’t drunk at all – it was the cobbles that did for him! (they are lethal, especially coming out of the pub…in the rain…in the dark).  Lol!

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Sex, Drugs and Literature: Branwell Bronte Gets his Place in the Sun at Last!

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, WATCHED with tags , , , , on September 1, 2009 by echostains

Branwell Bronte self portait warts and all

Branwell Bronte self portait warts and all

Great!  Finally an exhibition that focuses on Branwell Bronte!  Poor old Branwell, the eternal Black Sheep of the Bronte family.  I have always felt that he has been much maligned, not helped by himself I may add.  This article puts it so succinctly when it points out the expectations and burden placed on the only son of the family.  For the highly strung Branwell proved too much and he collapsed under the strain.  It’s not as if he didn’t have the talent: it was the fortitude and determination he lacked.  That makes him very human in my opinion and for that reason he will always remain my favorite Bronte (along with the more controlled Charlotte).

wuthering-heights ITV 2009 I saw these costumes at the Bronte parsonage museum  a few months ago

wuthering-heights ITV 2009 I saw these costumes at the Bronte parsonage museum a few months ago

 

In actual fact, I am having a bit of a Bronte week!  Not only do I spot this exhibition at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth  (that I intend to go to…this week if I can), but we have a made for television version (ITV) of ‘Wuthering Heights (first part shown yesterday and second tonight).  Then…an exciting development on the ‘Will the REAL Charlotte Bronte Please stand up’ front!!!  Intrigued?  Reader you will be!

Branwell Bronte Exibition ‘Sex Drugs and Literature’ – The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte’ article HERE

Details from the Bronte Parsonage Museum HERE

Take a Break – It’s Sunday!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , on August 31, 2009 by echostains

bbc- testcard, that good old standby!

bbc- testcard, that good old standby!

As usual it’s that time again.  I have been so busy today that I’m writing this fairly late, though I’m scheduling.  I have loads to write about next week, Bronte stuff, teapots and Favorite art……………… and I’m sure there’s a certain artist’s birthday coming up that I want to celebrate…

‘Daphne’ by Justine Picardie: The Infernal World of the Lost Boy

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, WATCHED with tags , , , , on July 14, 2009 by echostains

I have finished reading this book at last.  It isn’t a particularly lengthy book, neither was it tedious.  The reason it has taken me so long to read is that I was savouring every page!   That’s quite unusual for me, I like to gallop through a book when I’m really enjoying it – and I did enjoy this!

daphne by justine picardie, a jolly good read

daphne by justine picardie, a jolly good read

Picardie’s extensive research really pays off.  There is an air of authenticity about the book, the sense of the author being in the ‘know’.  I like the way that the story is told from three very different perspectives, and two different points in time.  I have read Du Maurier’s ‘rival’s book by Winfred Gerin, and never realised that they were in direct competition with each other.  I think I shall have to read ‘The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte‘ and ‘Branwell Bronte  again to compare them.  I have them both but  it’s a long time ago since I read either of them.

Last night I dreamed I went to Mandelay or was it Menabilly?

Last night I dreamed I went to Mandelay or was it Menabilly?

I could almost smell the mildew on Emily’s notebook and the obsession and desperation of the disgraced Symington.  The marriage between the girl  (now I come to think of it, her name isn’t mentioned either by Paul her husband who calls her ‘sweet girl’ or his ex wife Rachel, who refers to her as ‘my assistant’) and Paul seems a little bit surreal and gets off to a bad start by the ex wife’s Rachel’s only too  real presence.   This could be likened to Max De Winter’s dead wife interference with his new young wife….(and I can’t recall her name either).  But there the similarities end,  as the outcome of each marriage differ: one overcoming obstacles and even death (battling with a ghost whose presence is kept alive by Danvers), whilst the other ends with both partners outgrowing each other (thanks to the presence of another ‘ghost’, this one very much alive: ex wife Rachel!)

branwell bronte, the lost boy

branwell bronte, the lost boy

I wasn’t too sure about the J M Barrie connection and the Lost boys though.  I mean there IS a real connection with Du Maurier’s family but I don’t think the extra twist was really needed.  In my opinion, Branwell is the real Lost Boy and seems destined to be eternally irretrievable.  Loved this book though and shall be reading more by this author!

Warning: this book is a page turner!  try to slow down and savour the experience.

More Bronte Bites from me HERE;

York Break: Haworth still wuthering after all these years

Will the REAL Charlotte Bronte PLEASE Stand Up!

Back in the Picture

Watched: ‘Most Haunted’ The Black Bull Haworth: Tales of the Much Expected

Dear Reader I READ it ‘The Bronte’s Haworth’ by S R Whitehead

The Patter of Tiny Feet in Pattens Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Posted in ART, DESIGN with tags , , , , on May 16, 2009 by echostains

platform_shoes 'I'm on top of the world Ma!'

platform_shoes 'I'm on top of the world Ma!'

What are pattens?  And why aren’t they around now?  Well I suppose they are still around but in a different incarnation.  They’re called platforms!  pattens have a long history (see here)

Georgian pattens

Georgian pattens

Pattens were made of wood or leather and sometimes very high 8 to 10 inches.  The idea was to elevate the dainty or flimsily made shoe or slipper from the wet, muddy or damp ground. Rather like walking on stilts really.  This site is very informative about shoes including pattens.

 

14th  15th  century german pattens

14th 15th century german pattens

Some of these pattens had a metal ring at  the bottom, this raised them from the ground.  They must have been very difficult to balance on and it makes you wonder if people fell off them into the mud thereby defeating the object lol!

zebedee had the same idea, but couldn't quite get the hang of it

zebedee had the same idea, but couldn't quite get the hang of it

 

chopines a walk on the wild side

chopines a walk on the wild side

Another type of  pattens were  Chopines, made for the wealthy in Renaissance Italy, though they date to earlier and are by no means exclusive to Italy.   These were very elaborate contraptions and  highly fashionable.

Pattens early 19th cen wood and metal

Pattens early 19th cen wood and metal

The Bronte’s Aunt Branwell  wore pattens.  Coming from the warm climate of Penzance Cornwall, she hated the dark rainy windy climate of Haworth Yorkshire.  She never ever got used to it.  It was not considered  polite to wear pattens indoors so Aunt Branwell was considered eccentric for doing so: –

…she disliked many of the customs of the place, and particularly dreaded the cold damp arising from the flag floors in the passages and parlours of Haworth Parsonage. The stairs, too, I believe, are made of stone; and no wonder, when stone quarries are near, and trees are far to seek. I have heard that Miss Branwell always went about the house in pattens, clicking up and down the stairs, from her dread of catching cold.’ (From ‘The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell)

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patten find top

patten find top

 This patten comes from a metal detecting site.  There is a very interesting story about how they were found!

patten fine bottom

patten fine bottom

 I came across this interesting fashion blog!

              A nice little Fashion Blog

York Break: Haworth still Wuthering after all these years

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by echostains

haworth-parsonage-and-graveyard witmess to much grief

haworth-parsonage-and-graveyard witmess to much grief

On the way back from our York break, we called in at  Haworth, the Yorkshire village famous for it’s association with the Bronte’s. 

haworth-church-lasting-memorial

haworth-church-lasting-memorial

 There was a time when we used to go once or twice a year, but this was the first time we had been in 3 years.  Nothing had changed.  Perhaps a few new shops and one old favorite sadly, shutting down.

haworth-graveyard on a sunny day

haworth-graveyard on a sunny day

I decided to go in the Bronte Parsonage Museum.  Again, it was years since I had been inside and there were some changes.  More exhibits for a start!  I must have spent a good hour and half in there.

haworth-apothecary-window a wonderland of bygone products

haworth-apothecary-window a wonderland of bygone products

 

I am a huge Bronte fan.  My favorite Bronte’s are Charlotte and Branwell, though my favorite Bronte book is ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily.  Branwell Bronte fascinates me.  There are so many stories concerning him.  It seems the darker he is painted, the brighter his sisters shine……..suspiciously.

haworth-still-the-same

haworth-still-the-same

There were costumes in the museum, worn in the new productin of ‘Wuthering Heights’.  I only hope it’s nothing like the Keira Knightly ‘Pride and Prejudice’……  What a massive disappointment that was. The Bennett’s lived on what looked like a farm, Darcy was downright silly, and as for Wickham (‘who everyone praised to the sky’) and who plays an integral part in the ‘pride’ and ‘prejudice’ of Lizzie and Darcy – well, I think he was seen for approximately two minutes.  Why do they bother?  These type of stories cannot be improved on by sexing them up… when will they learn, it’s what is NOT shown, but which is imagined that has made these stories last so long.

lizzie-and-darcy the bbc version and in my opinion the very best

lizzie-and-darcy the bbc version and in my opinion the very best

 

More of my posts about my York break;

The Haunted House on Stonegate York

Here’s the rest of the journey

https://echostains.wordpress.com/2009/04/26/york-break-a-brief-summary/