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秋のコッツウォルズ 


2011.11.03
Thu
16:35

秋の静かなコッツウォルズ
私の大好きなチッピングカムデンでの数日です。

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英国を旅行するのに一番良い季節は? 楽学のお問い合わせで一番多い質問です。4月から9月にかけて、、もちろんその季節は緑もまぶしくお花も咲き誇るいい季節なのですが、どこへいっても人がたくさん、、、

ゆっくり秋の紅葉(黄葉)を楽しみながら観光シーズンのすっかり終わったコッズウォルズを散策するには今が一番! お薦めの季節です。


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私たちが数日滞在した”シーモアハウス”。 楽学のお客様にも度々ご紹介しているチッピングカムデンのハイストリートに面しているとても居心地のいいゲストハウスです。

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その昔、女子学生の学生寮だった大きなお家。 セーラとピーター テーラーさんが2004年から所有しています。ゲストハウスは奥様のセーラさんが昨年の12月から始めていて、さりげない心遣いがいたるところに感じられる居心地のよいゲストハウスです。 私たちのゲストルームは木の梁が張り出している部屋、日本の観光客の方々にはあまり馴染みがないかもしれませんが、出窓のある屋根裏の部屋はとても広くて落ち着けます。

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出窓を開けるとこんな景色が飛び込んできます。

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反対側の出窓からはシーモアハウスの素敵なお庭が、、、

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冬時間になって1週間、ますます日は短くなってきます。 シーモアハウスの落ち着いたラウンジはそんな秋の夕暮れ時の楽しみ方にアクセントをおいてくれるでしょう。

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A Walk with Robert Louis Stevenson 


2011.09.06
Tue
13:38






Our village is mentioned in historical papers well over 900 years ago now and many a famous person has passed through it. It was, afterall, a fording place for travellers crossing Edinburgh's only river, the little Water of Leith. The river brought mills and, at one time, it is said, never a busier river could be found in the whole of Britain, with over 70 mills situated along its 25 mile route to the sea.

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Perhaps our most famous son is Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), one of Britain's best loved writers ofprose and poetry. His grandparents lived in the village and, due to constant sickness, he spent a lot of his youth in the cleaner air of the village. Some readers of "Treasure Island" see his imaginings for this tale being formed while playing on the river which flowed by his home.

"How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!"

The old bracket stays for that swing still exist and can be seen, still in use on a nice new swing, firmly wrapped around the bough of an enormous ancient Yew tree which still stands beside the coffee shop which bears the name of the verse above, The Swing". This swing, used by Robert and his many cousins while in the village is just one of the many inspirations we can imagine were behind Stevenson's works.

Recently, planning permission has been awarded Colinton village to go ahead with a commemoration of this literary giant, who is never really very far from those of us who live here. The parish church, where his grandfather was minister, as well as the surrounding church yard, where many of his family are buried, will be the starting point of discovery for the many visitors we hope will be coming to visit Colinton to spy out our history.

It is hoped that an ornamental archway at the top of the "long steps" leading from the top of Bridge Street down the steep short-cut for walkers will be erected, along with a statue of the man himself somewhere near or possibly in the churchyard. Along its way, a display of RLS poems will be presented on plaques either side of the walk. Specially made ornamental metal railings will also make the triangle of gardens at the top of the steps more beautiful and aspects of the village's timeline, it's long history, and its wildlife will be featured there as well. Now to raise the money.

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Colinton was a happy place for RLS. His big, cold,dark home in the centre of "Auld Reekie', as Edinburgh was aptly nicknamed in those days, held no appeal for him. The dark corners and sickly loneliness, the terrors and nightmares of the city were left behind completely with his arrival in what was the closest thing to a clean, happy childhood RLS ever experienced when he came to Colinton. Returning to Edinburgh in those days must have been a Jekyll and Hyde-like experience for him. Memories of Colinton's greatest son are never far away, as I mentioned earlier. This project, which we all hope will go as planned, will surely be a strong reminder of this great man's affection for our village.

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In this picture of Colinton one can just see the church where the house, the Manse as it is called, where RLS stayed sits beside. The village climbs both sides of the dell......very pretty indeed. Come and see us.



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A trip over the border into Northumberland 


2011.06.23
Thu
14:07








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It is only about an hour's drive to the border with England. The road is good for half the journey but then as it gets nearer and nearer to what was a real national boundary once upon a time but which is now little more than a signpost and a couple of flags, it narrows and becomes a slower 'countrified' journey altogether.

But it IS a journey worth making! Northumberland, the most northernmost county of England is an interesting place with a unique story and we grasped the opportunity of going down when our current guests, who had arrived just the day before, showed an interest in visiting a famous garden there.

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Most of Northumbria's history that is visible today only dates back to the immediate aftermath of William the Conqueror's taking of England from King Harold back in 1066. The Northumbrians were, in his view at least, disobedient and dangerous, and needed to be taught a damned good lesson, one they would not forget. He marched his army up from London and set about a "scorched earth" policy, raising every building to the ground, killing every man, woman and child as well as every animal they came across, even burning farm implements and household items like ploughts and water buckets. Little escaped the terrible wrath of William's men. Now of course, it's a comfortable, well-stocked and very friendly corner of the country. Some would say (and I agree with them) it is one of the most friendly.

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For centuries the whole county lay desolated, empty almost, and little disturbed what had remained in tact after William's terrible onslaught. A few cattle, however, managed to stay out of harms way in a remote area of moorland around what had been the village of Chillingham. They somehow found a way to survive and, today, their descendants, the wild cattle of Chillingham, are perhaps the only cows of their type in all Europe. But they were not on our list of sights which we had gone south to see.

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A little of the pre-Norman history that one can still see is found on the island of Lindisfarne, a causeway's drive of maybe two miles out into the North Sea, just south of the border with Scotland. About 1,500 years ago, St Aidan, and then in his footsteps, St Cuthbert, brought their particular brand of Celtic Christianity to this part of England from Scotland. It prospered and spread throughout the north of England down into what was to become Yorkshire. Even today, one finds numerous, archaic symbols of their work almost everywhere.....in villages, churches and even schools, as well as in the many other landmarks all over Northumberland and southward into Co Durham. Aidan, Cuthbert and later many other saints, like the great Bede, had a huge influence on the area and made it the specialplace it is today.

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Duke William of Normandy, by now King William 1 of England maintained his power and control over all areas of his new realm, none more so than here. He built many castles in this part of England not only to warn the few remaining natives and let them see who was now the boss, but also as a bulwark against the threat of Viking invasions from across the North Sea.

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Bamburgh Castle is perhaps today one of the most perfect examples of Norman castles and is well worth a visit in itself. Look carefully and one can see a complete replica of the Norman Keep so ominously powerful inside London's own "Tower", also built by William. Bamburgh sits surrounded by high walls, on top of cliffs, looking down on one side to its pretty village of Bamburgh and then, from its wild and windswept North Sea vantage point out towards Norway. The perceived threat of further Viking invasions was held back by its magnificent lowering presence; it is, today, the first sighting of England when on the ferry from Bergen, Norway, to Newcastle.

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Inland, not 15 miles away, sits the altogether much more sedate Alnwick Castle and its pretty market town. This was the main centre of power in Northumbria before the industrial revolution that brought coalmining, steelmaking, shipbuilding and engineering together in what has become the largest city of the region, Newcastle. Alnwick remains the county town and is a quiet, pretty market square overlooked by its houses and shops, surrounded by beautiful countryside with lovely vistas in all directions.

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The trip south for our two guests culminated with a visit to Alnwick Castle's rose garden set in a recently planned and spectacularly diverse garden. It was a surprise to learn that this appears to be more famous in Japan than here in UK.....at least for me as I hadn't heard of its importance until the visit. The rose garden is indeed wonderful with its many varieties/species of rose on display, well cared for and in obvious good health. It was a trip well worth the time and effort for us all; we enjoyed it very much.

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It was the kind of a journey Kayoko and I had wanted to make just to "run in" our new car. We decided to downsize last month and had bought a small Renault Clio which had not been out of the garage very often at all since we bought it. Going down to England doubled the milage almost and we were able to see also that it wasn't as cramped as we'd worried about beforehand.

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The escape from the recent terrible, wet weather Edinburgh has been suffering from did us good too; we were able to verify what we suspected all along-rainclouds hang over the city permanently while all around us other districts are getting sunny and warm weather far more abundantly! I don't know what God has against us but Heaven, this year, is not being very good to us rand we feel as if we are being punished!!!

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Small things in Colinton 


2011.02.11
Fri
19:04





Scotland appears to be slowly dragging itself out of its winter slumbers; the mornings are definitely getting lighter now, the snows that covered us here for six weeks at the end of the year have long gone. There's still snow on the hills behind us, it is true, but it has been there for three months and has now finally almost completely gone, the temperature is above zero most of the time and, a sure sign that Spring is on the way, snowdrops galore line the roadsides and scatter the lawns around our numerous village trees. Some of these trees have even started to sprout their buds.....there's a good feeling in the air that can only be realised at this time of year. It feels very good!

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The snows that usually stay away for the most part, or merely visit for a few days, really made us realise some small blessings this winter. We had never really considered or appreciated some aspects of Colinton in the 20 years we have lived here. In terms of elevation above sea level, Colinton is the highest part of Edinburgh. On almost every corner of each street there have always been small bins sitting silently, hardly noticed, for (possibly) all of those twenty years. We never really noticed them at all until this winter.

If one lifts the lid on one of them, one finds just salted sand....nothing special at all really. It is for the locals in the area to use on their drives and the sidewalks near where they live when the weather is particularly icy. Of course the city's snow ploughs and sanding trucks were out in force when the downfalls were at their worst, and for one terrible week the village itself was actually cut off from the rest of the city with no cars able to use the roads at all. No buses were able to come up to us from the city centre and the army were called out to dig routes to our surgery and to the shops in the middle of the village for the numerous elderly who come to live here for the area's abundant natural beauty. Wellington boots were the fashion of the day during that time, with everyone walking everywhere, children off school playing on sledges and some hardy types even taking advantage of the conditions to take cross country ski treks over the mountains behind where we live as if we lived in Scandinavia.

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These small normally unnoticed sand boxes became a real Godsend for us.....when my neighbours and I would go out to dig paths, we would, in conclusion, collect our buckets and visit these sandboxes to take the contents home to sprinkle on our cleared paths. Twice I took a bucketful, and once I had to visit two but both were empty. (A kind and friendly neighbour shared his load with us that time).

For most of this severe weather period, the city authorities were on top of things, only for that one week did everything grind to a half. Without our own efforts the troubles would have lasted much longer. The sand boxes have since taken on a much stronger significance for us all since; we actually notice them all now. They are a great idea, I think, especially in a country that is not usually visited by such severe weather.

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