Hardy’s Boscastle

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  1. You had me at Hardy. I remain his slave and could wax lyrical (or ad tedium depending on your viewpoint) forever on the value of his work, the effect on my heart and soul not just of Tess but of each and every one of his novels and of his poetry. Your rendering of Boscastle both in its relationship to TH and to the modern traveller is worthy of waxing lyrical too. And I love those big beefy fluff balls too! Xx

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    1. Osyth! I have missed you. How have you been? Hardy’s poems on his Cornish days with Emma are so beautiful too. His love throbs through his verses. To think that he thought of himself as a better poet than he was a novelist! His books are some of my favourites to re-read and sigh. About those beefy boys, I wanted to spirit them away. Alas, I have to wait till I have a big house to accommodate their gigantic selves xx

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      1. I am all good. We have been busy with guests for the last month and though it has been delightful, to be honest I am glad to be back to whatever normal is for me! Xx

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  2. The views are amazing and look at that harbour. I have yet to read anything by Hardy, which is a shame for a Literature student. I do know about Tess because in 50 Shades of Gray, the sexy guy (forgot his name) asks the boring girl if she decided to study English Lit because of Brontë or Austen and she answers Hardy. I guess that was supposed to sound a little dirty. (Walks away shamefully, for having watched the film. Not the book. Nevuuuuh)

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    1. Hahaha it is essential to watch before we judge. But I read the series, so I went through a prolonged period of wanting to slap dear Ana with all her lip biting and the rest. Mentally I did land a few. You do not have to be ashamed, far be it from shame, because when you do pick up Hardy you will find a world out there to draw you in. I envy you that first time, my dear Cheila xx

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      1. Oh yeah, bitch is called Anastacia. With such a name I would want to spank her myself. Kidding, nothing against the Anastacias of the world. Should I begin with Tess?

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    1. If you do come by Hardy, you might just fall in love with his style. I did, the proverbial head over heels way. Ah but it is easy my love. These spots just pop up in Cornwall. You’ve just got to get there (though you live in a land that has such spectacular beauty and I cannot wait to see it someday) xx

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  3. I like how all the places you visit are literally named. They should allows the spiders to rebuild their cobweb homes though. Is it true about a skeleton hanging in the closet though? Also those two dogs are huge, and I still can’t get over what lovely seas the English countryside has.

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    1. I hope this shall get you to hop over to Britain then. It does have such fantastic views to offer and then the cream teas and all the sinful pub food to add to the experience. I would not be found in those places where they allow spiders to build their homes though, Jen ;)I like the imagery surely 😛 Big wuss alert. I have a blogger on my list who has tarantulas and Burmese pythons as pets …I have no idea what clay she is made of. And as for the skeleton, I am sure there are many in the museum’s closet 😉 But this one just hung inside the museum for people to come and gawk. I am glad the new owner decided to give that poor Joan a burial at least.

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      1. The skeleton gives me the creeps. If it was a real person that is. If it was just a fake one, then not so much – just weird. I wouldn’t mind having a pet tarantula. A snake either, but my apartment is too small for a burmese python. And that might go against the “no pets” policy.

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      2. May I say I have grown up with a trunk of dismembered skeleton in my library room which was my den. Before you think there are actually skeletons in the closet here 😉 my brother had it. When he was studying medicine to become a doctor, he used to sit and mark the skull and bones of some poor man/woman with sketch pens. I used to hate it being present in the room. The day he graduated, I got my parents to get rid of that trunk from the library room. A pet tarantula!!!! Jen, you are killing me. I saw her photos with the pythons (I believe there are 3-4 of them) draped around her and I shuddered and shuddered. Yes imagine, your landlord (I am guessing it is a rented one) entering the apartment to be greeted by a massive reptile 😀

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  4. I love the National Trust almost as much as I love Hardy. Have you been to Max Gate near Dorchester? Fascinating. You can see the tiny attic room where Emma spent most of her time. He may have written lovely love poems about her, but he wasn’t that nice to her really….

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    1. I thought they had a troubled marriage because both of them would have added their bit – as it does in most relationships. That saddens me. The gap between reality and expectations is often such a bummer. I would love to visit Dorchester. It has been on my list but there’s just so much to do. I shall make sure that I step into Emma’s room someday.

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  5. The coast is so beautiful! I so love English bakeries. I didn’t eat anything not tasty.
    Guess I’ll read Hardy right after the state exams!

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    1. Hello you 🙂 Hardy might engage you. Do give him some of you time. Those English bakeries get my juices flowing. The cakes are almost never dry or not memorable. I still remember villages and towns by the kind of cakes I ate there 😉

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  6. I cannot get over the color of that water. And excellent choice with carrot cake–there is no such thing as too big of a slice of carrot cake, so I have to assure you that you probably did cut too small a piece. 😉 And then those Leonbergers. ❤ I would not want to have the responsibility of grooming and detangling those beastly pups, but I would gladly help out the scratching behind the ears department.

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  7. What a lovely piece of writing to find in my blog feed this morning! Thank you so much for remembering that travel writing is a craft, and that listicles and other such pap cheapens it tremendously! I have to confess I haven’t yet read Hardy, but I’ve been on a kick of going back and reading all the novels that I cheated myself out of by reading the Cliff’s notes versions of back in my early education days. I’ll add him to the list.

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    1. Oh thank you Henry! I am chuffed. I confess that I had to look up Cliff’s notes (before which I did feel like an ignoramus). Hardy makes the English countryside come alive. He had that je ne sais quoi about his writing style. I was wondering how to follow your blog because I could not find the button but I did subscribe to it. I am fascinated by your story.

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