>YESTERDAY’S REGULAR UPDATE BENEATH THIS ONE.
I’d not stopped at Grasmere before, just driven through it, so this time I pulled up to visit Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth for 8 years according to the lady leading our tour today. He lived there with his sister Dorothy and their friend Mary, who was to become Wordsworth’s wife. They had 3 of their 5 children while they lived at Dove Cottage, 2 of whom were later to die in childhood.
The entry fee is quite confusing, but works out at £8.50 altogether including parking. The car park fee is a lofty £5, but they give you a refund of £4 off the admission price of £7.50.
The cottage and museum are located in the hamlet of Town End, still preserved today:
I love this house, just look at those chimney pots – it’d make a great jigsaw:
A view up the main street:
The view of the cottages from Wordsworth’s back garden:
To prove I was there:
Wordsworth’s front garden:
Afterwards I wandered (lonely as a cloud) around the museum then stopped at the tea room for a pot of tea and a piece of “Grasmere Rush Bearing Gingerbread” (ginger cake to you and me). It was nice to look at the view while listening to Mozart here. Before I left I bought a pot of locally made pear and blueberry jam (jelly).
Back on the road I drove past Thirlmere, an almost empty reservoir, then took a turning away from Keswick to come back to the cottage.
Day 3, the Sunday, was a writing/catch up/chill day. I loaded and edited the photographs taken so far, drafted these blog notes, read a little, played a little, watched a little television, and wrote a little.