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Where Wordsworth Wandered

June 21, 2014  •  4 Comments

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

William Wordsworth 1804

 

Well I can't bring you a host of daffodils because it's too late in the season but I can bring you foxgloves and a hint of where Wordsworth wandered!

English poet William Wordsworth was born in 1770 at Cockermouth on the edge of the English Lake District. I traced my ancestors back there at that time - I wonder if the families were acquainted?  At around the age of 7 his mother died. His father was so overcome with grief that he sent his children away to live with relatives. Sadly it seems little William had a very unhappy time living with his grandparents with love and care in short supply. Eventually he was sent away to Hawkshead to be educated at Hawkshead Grammar School. 

Hawkshead is a pretty village nestled in the countryside by Esthwaite Water - one of the lesser known and smaller lakes. A lovely place to be still and contemplate. I can imagine a perhaps sad and lonely William wandering along these shores. 

Apart from the obvious attraction of the quaint picturesque English village setting, the Hawkshead Grammar School - now a museum and work by Beatrix Potter  displayed in her husband's former office - both draw in the tourists.  The Tale of Peter Rabbit was one of my favourite books as a child - I still have my worn well-read copy in my bedside drawer. Although the Lake District is a popular year-round destination for all sorts of outdoor pursuits, during the summer it's swarming with tourists. Hawkshead is slightly off the beaten track but nevertheless still very popular. 

I decided to take a peek amongst the  narrow quaint back streets. Oooh and ahhhs at every turn. 

A maze of interesting buildings and shops - arty, foody, crafty… all my favourites.

This appealed to me! I like the idea of Leather, Rag and Putty Street - it conjures up images of old trades from times gone by.

In the nooks and crannies I found an array of interesting architectural detail.

Wouldn't it be lovely to renovate an old village cottage using traditional materials? We considered it once but regrettably the idea faded. If only...

The old stone white-washed walls were adorned with colourful rambling old-fashioned roses and clematis. But I liked the abstract nature of the remains from last season.

Splashes of colour and bumbling bees…  I have never seen so many foxgloves as I have in this countryside. I wonder if Wordsworth ever wrote about them?

No perfect village is complete without a good selection of tea rooms. The topiary teapot caught my eye! 

It's refreshing to see that some people are still so trusting.

You may be surprised to hear,  but I managed to resist entering this cafe!! Whopper cakes indeed!

Back at the lakeside  I spotted a romantic engagement shoot! It was all slightly cheesy but nevertheless a beautiful location! 

A short while later I heard shrieks of laughter coming from the lake. The future groom was rowing his bride-to-be in a boat and the photographer had rolled up her trousers and walked into the lake. This water is icy cold - I imagine her feet turned a dark shade of blue!

I hope you enjoyed my snippet of the Lake District. I tend to visit the area away from the summer season but I had the pleasure of going to my cousin's wedding the previous day - which was so rainy! The weather here is very changeable from one day to the next! And for those who asked me, I didn't buy new shoes. Some of you will know I store a good dozen or so pairs of shoes in the boot of my car and found just what I needed there - a long forgotten purchase! And with the money I saved I could justify in my mind buying a new lens filter….. which I subsequently dropped and scratched! 

Anwyay, if you'd like to link up your photo walks to my blog I'd be very pleased to see them. Please use the link tool below.

See you next weekend! 

 

 

 

 

 


Comments

Pamela Grimaud(non-registered)
This was a treat; so lovely and I'm not sure how you resisted those cakes in the window!
Viv Halliwell(non-registered)
A lovely walk Helen I'm ashamed to say I know very little about the Lake District but it is on Mark's bucket list...
diana(non-registered)
I sure want to be on that street. Wonderful images.
Sarah(non-registered)
Yes, love the name of the former name of that street. Using the boot of your car for a closet, what an idea! Love the idea of engagement photos in a rowboat. Mallory wants me to take hers when the time comes. I am not sure, that is a lot of pressure, but yet...I never look back at my engagement photos, so maybe it will be ok.
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