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It was a VERY blustery day today. We awoke to grey skies, rain spatters and windy windy winds. The birds were nowhere to be seen, no doubt hunkered down in the trees, and the feeders were both swinging in the breeze all day. Most of the leaves have been blown off the trees and everything is looking bare and ready for winter...except the green, green grass of our lawn. It looks better now than it did during the summer!

Anders leaves in the morning for 4 days training in Italy and it's a super busy week, so I might not be able to post every day, though I'm still going to make the effort. Karin has open houses at two different gymnasiums plus soccer practice (am more and more happy about the moped), I have a hair appointment and there are still a lot of things to be done before our big Thanksgiving dinner next weekend.

I'm reading a book called How the Heather Looks, by Joan Bodger, which is the story of one family's travels around England, some 40 years ago, in search of sites from classic children's literature. They search for, among other things, Pook's Hill (Kipling), the 100-acre wood (Winnie-the-Pooh) and Toad Hall (The Wind in the Willows).

It's not the first book like this I've read... one of my favorites is Heidi's Alp by Christina Hardyment, in which a different family did the same thing in 1985, all over Europe. They went to the title place, Hans Brinkers' Holland, Hans Christian Andersen's sites, and many others. I've also read The Wilder Life, which was written by blogger Wendy McClure, who has a fascination with Laura Ingalls Wilder and went on a road trip to find all the places she lived.

It's a fascinating idea, isn't it? To try to find the places you've read about, and fallen in love with, in books.

My mom and I have been to several writer's homes, during my business trip weeks in the U.S., including Mark Twain, Emily Dickenson and Louisa May Alcott. It's a shivery feeling you get, being in the home of someone you admire, who has written things that have affected you and stuck with you since childhood.

I think a trip like that sounds like a really fun idea, but I suspect my family would just give me the hairy eyeball. What about you? What book place would you like to see for real? I've always wanted to visit the lake country that Arthur Ransome wrote about in Swallows & Amazons. And I would love to see the Four-Story Mistake from Elizabeth Enright's wonderful series about the Melendy family. The Little House on Plum Creek captured my imagination as a kid; that would be fun to see. A trip up Heidi's alp is very appealing as well.
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mood: relaxed
music: TV noise, busy PC, Martin cracking his toes (ick)


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From Megsie

We have gone to Plum Creek! We took the girls to Walnut Grove to see the Little House pageant a few years ago. It was a really fun trip! My grandma and aunt lived not too far from all of these landmarks. It is hard to believe that they are both gone now, so we don't really have a reason to go back. BUT, if you ever decide to take the trip...I will go with you!

xoxo

Re: From Megsie

Oh envious! What a fun trip that must have been :)

You are so right about the grass looking lush and green right now - it must be all that rain. We also have very strong winds here, which makes it hard going while outside. I'm ready for the season of gentle snow :-)

I love the idea of going on tours of places that captured your imagination. I'm afraid I've been very shallow (big surprise, I know) and been on silly tours like the Sound of Music tour of Salzburg (hangs head in shame ... and yes, I sang...) plus the Holy Grail tour of Scottish castles (as in the Monty Python film, not the serious biblical search for the grail). We did follow Utvandrarnas väg through Småland, following the footsteps of those featured in Vilhelm Moberg's books. And of course I've been to Paddington Station where Paddington Bear was found :-)

I'd love to go to Heidi's alp, maybe a look at Wordsworth country in the Lakes District and Bronte's Yorkshire. However it's Narnia that I really to find.

I've been to Paddington Station, too! I loved those books and so did my kids :) And if I ever get to Salzburg I would totally go on a Sound of Music tour. AND sing! ha!!

We adored the books about the dear little bear from darkest Peru and both my kids still have the Paddington Bears we bought in London.

I'd love to see your family's faces when you told them you want to go on the Sound of Music tour of Salzburg, complete with singing. I don't think the phrase "hairy eyeball" even begins to cover their reaction. Ha, ha! When I talk about it, people just look at L-G with the deepest sympathy :-)

Edited at 2014-11-18 12:55 pm (UTC)

I got teary when I took Ingrid as a baby to the Make Way for Ducklings statue in Boston's Public Garden. We went back again about 3 years later but that first time really got to me.

I had never heard of that book until one of my kids got it at some point, so it doesn't have the same kind of memories for me. I saw the sculpture in Boston, though: adorable!

Oh the lawns love that rain, don't they?

Mantra:
Must post every day. Must post every day. Must post every day.

I almost failed myself yesterday. Utilize lists Liz, when you don't have time for more. I LOVE your lists. (Oh, and back dating!)

I have been to the Mark Twain home. My parents took me as an adolescent, when we were in Illinois visiting my Aunt.
And when Brieana was obsessed with Monet, and reading about him in Linnea in Monet's Garden, I did want to take her there.

Oh, I think you might suggest it to your family and ask them each if there is any one place from a favorite book that they would like to see.

I'll go with you up Heidi's alp.

Must post every day. Must post every day. Must post every day. ... at least until Monday, when I leave for the States. Then I suspect, Noboplomopoomore will be OVER!

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