I am so pleased to be posting about Haworth again. Thursday was the first day this year that I finally managed to get there. How I missed the place! It was such a glorious early spring day, St Patrick's day, and also anniversary of the Reverend Patrick Bronte's birthday, the father of the genius literary sisters.
There was so much I wanted to do but I decided the main purpose of the visit was to see the new "Charlotte Great and Small" Exhibition set up in celebration of Charlotte's 200th birthday next month. It is a very good and interesting exhibition, taking place in the Charlotte's room, Children's Study and Bonnell Room at the Parsonage. It is curated by the novelist Tracey Chevalier. On display are Charlotte's clothes, personal possessions, manuscripts, a love letter etc., all so fascinating to see. I am glad the exhibition will stay on till Christmas as I want to see it again.
Haworth will be hosting many other events to mark Charlotte's bicentenary throughout this year and I hope to attend as many as I possibly can.
The Parsonage basking in the beautiful spring sunshine. I loved the wooden pots with spring flowers outside the Old School Room and thought I'd use them for a foreground interest to add more spring atmosphere to the image.
The Old School Room, built under the direction of Patrick Bronte. Charlotte taught here. There was a car parked on the right hand side which I cloned out in Photoshop. Not a perfect job (can do better), but the image is much more appealing without the distracting car. I quite like the shadows cast on the walls from the trees in the cemetery opposite the School Room. They seem to create a bit of mystery and drama in my eyes.
The lovely, metal, much photographed Parsonage sign. It looks good against the blue sky with the tree branches still bare but gently reflecting the mellow sunshine.
I do like the pink lens flare and sun rays creating a dreamy, magic mood around the entrance to the Parsonage......I can so easily picture the little Bronte children bursting out through the front door and scampering in the garden with laughter....
Photography is not allowed in the Parsonage but you can take pictures in the small garden featuring the sisters' statue. It was nicely backlit on this lovely sunny afternoon, and I loved the heather and other wild flowers at the bottom of the statue.
After seeing the exhibition I went for an inevitable spot of shopping in the Parsonage shop as well as a few shops on the Main Street, and then topped it all off with a delicious and refreshing cappuccino and a slice of sticky apple cake in the "Cobbles and Clay". Ah, that is what I call ideal day out!