This is part two of my series on London . . . For part one please scroll below. Thanks!
Well right now we’re happily coasting along the positively English countryside on our way to the Battle of Hastings. We’ve actually gotten to see a surprising amount of sites outside of London. On Monday when we went to see Stonehenge, we took a small tour bus to get there and they purposely took us on all the twisty-turny small back roads. We passed countless fields of bright yellow of canola flowers as well as a hillside with a white limestone horse cut into the hillside and an incredible amount of Celtic burial mounds.
Well, yesterday (Thursday), we went to Stratford Upon Avon by train, and so far it was definitely my favorite scenic trip. You see, Stratford is pretty much in the center of England and we passed loads of gorgeous countryside. Specifically, we passed loads of sheep (during lambing season, mind you, so to every adult sheep there was at least one lamb). Since at one time I myself I considered the occupation of being a shepherdess, I was positively thrilled at the sight (I haven’t seen so many sheep since the Duchess County Sheep Fair). Needless to say, it was gorgeous with all the new born lambs either prancing around after mommy or just learning how to stand. *Dreamy sigh*
Today, we’re going on another train trip in the countryside. This time headed specifically for the location of the Battle of Hastings (1066, anyone?). Right now we’re on the train there and the view is quite different from both previous trips outside London. We’re headed toward the coast this time, right on the English channel across from France and everything is far more hilly, with far more trees than open fields although not quite forested (since woods are in England). We still did see several canola fields and sheep though.
Now both tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday we’re journeying by train again, this time to Wellwyn Garden City for a preaching conference on Hebrews. I’m actually rather looking forward to seeing how that compares to our other little jaunts across the countryside.
As I already mentioned, we went to Stratford Upon Avon yesterday and it truly was wonderful. We toured three houses yesterday, Shakespeare’s birthplace/early adult home (which was wonderful), his daughter’s home (which was pretty good . . . they had a wonderful display of all the different early Shakespeare versions and editions), and then the third house we toured was his granddaughter’s home (which didn’t have as much to add).
(This blog post is now interrupted with the announcement that we just missed our stop. *Snap* Well, “just” isn’t quite an accurate term since we missed it two stops ago. But we just realized we missed it right now . . . you get the point. We wanted to go to the Battle of Hastings, so we bought tickets for Hastings. However, we actually needed tickets for Battle. Not Hastings. Who names a town Battle? When it’s actually the Battle of Hastings? Hello? Anyone?
So anyway. Now we need to ride all the way to Hastings and then back to Battle. When we initially passed Battle there was a sign which said “alight here for the Battle of 1066.” However, we thought it meant “get on,” not “get off here for the Battle of 1066.” It appears our translation was slightly incorrect, so there’s your vocab lesson of the day. )
Okay. So now we’re a bit forward in time to where we’re back on the train and headed toward Battle. Stratford really was lovely though. We got to two of the houses in time to see a pair of actors perform two different scenes form Shakespeare (Hamlet’s sililoque and the subsequent portion with Ophelia, and the scene from Much Ado About Nothing where Beatrice and Benedick have their little verbal confrontation). Both scenes were extremely well done.
While in Stratford, we bought the Complete Works of Shakespeare (yay!). I’ve actually wanted the Complete Works for several years now, so I was extremely happy to see it there. However, I was informed that Mother had been planning to buy me a version for this coming Christmas. But the “major keen” factor of actually getting it in Shakespeare’s birthplace (*eep*!) rather outweighed that. Besides! What’s so terrible about getting it early, anyway? I’ve been more than enjoying it already!
Thanks to our numerous travels I’ve also finished Mort (by Terry Pratchett) in pretty good time (in fact Peter’s already finished it too! Haha). I must say that the book was most excellent. It was quite humorous (so much so that parts of it merited reading out loud to various members of the family). Now I’m going through Dante’s Inferno. I must say that the change in pace/tone/volume was a bit jarring at first but I’m enjoying it nonetheless.
I believe that just about sums up the events of the last little while . . . I’ll tell you about Hastings (or rather Battle :P) tomorrow. If you’re curious, here’s my schedule for the next couple days:
- Tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday we attend a preaching conference at a Reformed Baptist church in Wellwyn Garden city,
- Monday we go to the British Museum all day and then attend Les Miserables in the evening (more on that later!),
- Tuesday we attend a military museum of Peter’s selection along with touring Westminster Cathedral,
- And then Wednesday we fly home (*dismal sigh*).
Well that’s it for now! Talk to you all later! *Wave*