“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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Monday, April 12, 2010

"Oh, there was a crooked house,..."

We ambled back up the hill into the high street, where we found the Old Crooked House. Whether this was the original old crooked house from the famous nursery song, we had no clue, but the very tiny abode, warped and deformed with age, certainly deserved its name. The house looked as if it had tried to uproot itself and gotten twisted and bent in the process. We walked around it and saw a tiny window in the arched curved roof. Amazingly there was a room upstairs, perhaps with an even tinier bedroom! Not much bigger than a child’s tree house, this fabulous building had been converted into a shop for expensive pottery.


A Brit in Tennessee said...

Did you find the crooked cat and sixpence too ?
England has more than it's share of quaint, half-timbered, crookED houses doesn't it!
All so very lovely.
I am sitting here imaging the one you describe.

XPAT said...

Prodigals - are you still going to be at B&N Bethesda on April 18th?

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Jo--sadly we did not find the crooked cat, though we do have some crooked pennies! That was a lovely building, smiling just thinking about it.
Xpat--yes, we certainly are! 11-1. Do come along, say hi! Be great to finally meet, especially as we're almost neighbors!

Maggie said...

This is so why I want to go to England! Today, please!

The Farmer's Wife said...

I think it's incredibly funny that the crooked house holds expensive pottery! One would think a straight, square shop would be less....risky.