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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/

Valentine? Where art thou? and WHY?

Posted in ART, HISTORY, HOME with tags , , , , , on February 14, 2009 by echostains

valentines-day-red-party-for-two-people

valentines-day-red-party-for-two-people

I blame that St Valentine for pushing great expectations up.  It’s all his fault when women don’t get valentine cards because they either have no partner or their partner forgets.  The arguements that have kicked off because people haven’t bothered or have genuininly forgot to get their other half a card must be great. 

 

something-for-the-girl-with-everything

something-for-the-girl-with-everything

 What I have noticed though is that everything has now turned red.   Cupid is now a red devil, with pitchfork, oh and there’s loads of red  underwear all over the shops. Romantic?  Why is this?

valentineanddisciples

valentineanddisciples

Apparently there were a few of these martyred saints called Valentine, but not much is known about the one whose Feast day it is today and who was buried in Rome also on this day.  The date was also used to honour Juno, Queeen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses.  She was the Goddess of marriage  and women.  The following day, 15th the Feast of Lupacalia would begin.   Not sure what went on at that Feast but it sounds more  like it.

roman-goddess-juno
roman-goddess-juno

Curl your locks as I do mine…..

Two before and three behind

Good morning to you valentine

This charming little song was sung by little children dressed as adults on Valentines day as they went from home to home.  They’d have their work cut out with my curls……

valentine-gifts-fluffy-kind

valentine-gifts-fluffy-kind

When we were out shopping before (I’m writing this on Friday 13th), my husband and I looked at each other and I said ‘Are we bothering with a card this year?’  He said ‘Why bother? we love each other don’t we? we don’t need a card to show it.’  And I thought, yes, that’s exactly right!  I’m not saying we’ll never bother again, because I know we will, but for this year anyway, it just feels right.

PS Just had a look at this post 15th Feb: WHY have the letters come out HUGE???  Getting a little sick of this happening, keep editing and it still happens!