Saturday, August 07, 2010

Holiday highlights

It feels as if I've been away for 2 months, although it's only 2 weeks. My "south coast touring holiday" began with two nights in Bristol, after which we went to Burgh Island (see posting below). Then it becomes a bit of a blur, but I think the order was Torquay, Bournemouth, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Canterbury, Cambridge and Leeds. Between hotels we also visited Dorchester, Portsmouth, Beachy Head, Rye, Battle, Ely and York. Below are a few highlights.

Lighthouse at Beachy Head. This was used in the BBC series The Lives and Loves of a She Devil. "Mary Fisher lives in a high tower on the edge of the sea..."

It might look like a field, but this is where the Battle of Hastings took place. And if Harold had won rather than William, I probably would be typing this in something closer to an Ingvaeonic West Germanic dialect rather than what ended up as English. I doubt that concepts like post-modernism, hair straighteners and Boris Johnson would even exist.

Lamb House at Rye. This was the home of author Henry James (who I'm not interested in) and EF Benson (who I am). Benson wrote the fabulous Mapp and Lucia novels - which are about a series of genteel battles for social supremacy in the fictional village of Tilling (actually Rye). Lamb house was "Mallards", the most desirable house in all Tilling, which was owned first by Mapp and then Lucia. I've wanted to visit it for 20 years. Sadly, the famous "garden room", where the ladies did all their spying got bombed in WWII, so it's just a wall now.

Bagpuss display in Canterbury Musuem. Guaranteed to melt even the most stony heart, and reduce more sentimental people to nostalgic tears. You can guess which one I was.


welcome to egypt said...

likes so nice

Pursewarden said...

Sorry for the blatant plug, but if you like Benson's Mapp and Lucia books then hopefully you will also like my new one, "Major Benjy", which has been written with the blessing of Benson's estate.