“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

One more from Lavenham

We toddled on a bit farther and then we found our tearoom. This was a classic Olde Worlde, hickledy-pickledy kind of place. Just what you would expect to find in a village that was thriving when Shakespeare was still an undiscovered playwright.
Across from the teashop was a private house gloriously overrun by a dazzling array of purple and white wisteria. On closer inspection, I saw that ancient branches of the tree had sprung from the pavement to enclose the lower part of the house in its gnarly grasp. But from just a short distance away, the effect was magical, the house appeared to float on a huge bed of fluffy petals. The perfect backdrop for our “elevenses,” the mid-morning break when tea or coffee is slurped down with cakey things and hot buttered toast .


Daffycat said...

How gloriously beautiful!

Topher said...

I went to Ireland a year ago, I really wanted to cross over to England but was unable.
I would love to go back and see England next time!
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

That sounds amazing!! I've always loved wisteria. Gosh, it must have been lovely. Beautiful writing. *SK*

Anonymous said...

Oh god how beautiful. There are sooo many things we miss about England; sooo many things we don't. Alas. Thanks for stopping by for a cuppa.

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The Prodigal Tourist said...

Thank you so much--all of you. It means a lot.

willow said...

Dazzling is right! I'm crazy about wisteria. I started one last spring and hope that it survived the winter.

Thanks for the heads up! I had lost you in my blog shuffle.