Sunday, 15 July 2018

Some Pictures Around Shaftesbury and Other Hardy Country.



Gold Hill in Shaftesbury.  Remember the Hovis advert?  I remembered watching the Grumble-weeds in Scarborough many moons ago doing Joe Gladwin impressions.  





Here's the Two Ronnies with their Hovis sketch:








 Tess Cottage.  We talked to the owners of this cottage.  Apparently Thomas Hardy walked up the lane and said that this will be the house where Tess (Tess Of The Durbervilles) lived.   It's your quintessential English chocolate box cottage.  The garden is a cottage garden with a mixed tapestry of perennials and shrubs... They struggle with heavy clay but its a credit to their labours.
Saw this wonderful sign and decided to take it for the blog. 
 Ox House or the Schoolmasters House in Jude The Obscure.  Probably the greatest book I have ever read.
The Dew Drop Inn.  Tess fans will know this place. 
Another Thomas Hardy Residence:  Riverside Villa - Sturminster Newton. 
Ancient flour mill - Sturminster Newton.

14 comments:

  1. Great blog post Dave. I enjoyed the Hovis sketch, I am still smiling. Also loved the Thomas Hardy locations, and reminders of the books. I also love Jude the Obscure. Thanks!

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  2. Thanks Rachel. I really liked Shaftesbury. Its a wonderful place. You wouldn't believe the price of property, especially the ones on Gold Hill. Talk about a kings ransom. Thanks!

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  3. All property in Dorset is expensive, our Fire Service has been amalgamated with Wilts, soon our Police Service will go with Dev.and Cornwall, our schools are desperate for money, no Cathedral, no motorway but I would not live anywhere else.

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  4. Thanks Anonymous for your comment. England seems to becoming a very expensive place to live in. One could buy a smallholding in West Cork for less than a small cottage in Dorset. Dorset is a beautiful place.

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  5. Sadly the video is ruined by the constant inane laughter. Is it canned?

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  6. I thought you would comment about the canned laughter Gwil. BBC comedies seem to contain a lot of it. I still think its a good video and apt for the Gold Hill photograph. Thanks!

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  7. Great post, Dave. I could watch the two Ronnies all day and still laugh all the way through. I usually complain about canned laughter but the above clip didn't bother me - probably because I was laughing as well.

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  8. Thanks Valerie. The above is a classic sketch. The two Ronnies made some classic comedy.

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  9. Agree with Valerie about the canned laughter in this. I actually thought it enhanced the sketch and its authenticity.

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  10. Hi Rachel. I agree the humour did enhance the sketch. Thanks!

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