Tea and Toast in Dove Cottage

 Monday, March 13, 2017:
“I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.”
– Lines Written in Early Spring

In the evening, we returned to Dove Cottage and engaged in a tried and true English pastime: drinking tea and eating toasted crumpets. Accompanied by the portrait of Wordsworth’s beloved dog Pepper, we toasted our crumpets in the same way Wordsworth would have done when he lived there: on the fire. Amidst the dark, toasty room, were a couple of chairs. Alice and Jeff, the events officer and head curator of the Wordsworth Trust respectively, let us know that not only were the chairs owned by William Wordsworth himself, but also that we could sit in them if we liked. People sat around the fire and enjoyed their snacks, each of us commenting on the tastiness of the freshly buttered crumpets, before we settled down to read “Lines written in Early Spring” and “Home at Grasmere” by candlelight.

–Evan Paul

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