Exploring the hills around Grasmere on our first day

“RETROSPECT–LOVE OF NATURE LEADING TO LOVE OF MAN […] With deep devotion, Nature, did I feel, In that enormous City’s turbulent world Of men and things, what benefit I owed To thee, and those domains of rural peace, Where to the sense of beauty first my heart Was opened; tract more exquisitely fair Than that…

The Dove Cottage Soirée

Friday March 21, 2017: Friday evening was our last evening with Jeff, Alice, and the rest of the Wordsworth Trust staff. Jeff had planned a celebratory evening for us all in Dove Cottage, where many surprises lay in store for us. The staff of the Trust plied us, as ever, with a tremendous quantity of…

“Embrace me then, ye Hills, and close me in…”

Embrace me then, ye Hills, and close me in: Now in the clear and open day I feel Your guardianship; I take it to my heart: ‘Tis like the solemn shelter of the night. But I would call thee beautiful thou art Dear Valley, having in thy face a smile Though peaceful, full of gladness….