Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

In Search of England

In Search of England

I’ve been reading a book entitled In Search of England. It was written by H.V. Morton and published in 1935. Morton had been living in Palestine and became homesick. He returned to England and motored all round the island. I’ve known about this book for a long time. It dawned on me that this might be the perfect time to read it. My wife and I have been to England twelve times. The shortest period was for five weeks and the longest for eight weeks. Altogether we have spent more than a year there. With age and an ailing back it’s not likely that we will go again. So it has been very pleasant to read Morton’s book. Almost all of the places he writes about are places that we have visited and they dredge up interesting memories of our visits. Whether it was Winchester Cathedral or Salisbury, Wells, Durham, Lincoln, or Ely, we have visited them all. Whether he’s writing about Land’s End in Cornwall, Beaulieu in New Forest, Shrewsbury, Nottingham Forest it conjures up fine images of places and sometimes even persons we’ve met and conversations we’ve had. Last evening I read about the Norfolk Broads, the Wash, and the sandy coasts of East Anglia. He’s written other books in the same vein,
In Search of London should be fun. And In Search of Scotland will be interesting, although we’ve not spent a lot of time over the border.


Blogger adamosf said...

I read Morton's IN SEARCH OF ROME and absolutely loved it. I hope to read IN SEARCH OF ITALY eventually, and might try to go through others of his fine travel/history books.

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