Anyway, I decided to have a break from my coursework and took a long overdue trip to Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron. I've never actually been before, it was always on my 'places to go' list but I just never found the time, which seems ridiculous now because it is so nearby.
It's incredibly beautiful. I was surprised at how quiet it was, and it really was rather tranquil and serene. The gardens in particular were lovely, and I would love to go back in summer when everything is in bloom. It was a little bizarre to see daffodils sprouting through the ground next to a smattering of snow in places! Fortunately it seems that winter is finally beginning to relent and we are moving into spring.
|The tomb of Boatswain, Byron's dog. The inscription was beautiful and I stupidly didn't think to take a picture! I'm sure it's available on Google somewhere.|
I'm never quite sure if these posts are interesting or not. I go to a lot of places like this in spring/summer, so let me know if you want to see more or less of these posts. I'd really appreciate the feedback. I'm going to a 12th century abbey tomorrow, so also let me know if you'd like to see photos from there too! I promise my next post will be a review...
I'm going to end this post with my favourite Byron poem for you all to enjoy.
She Walks in Beauty
|SHE walks in beauty, like the night|
|Of cloudless climes and starry skies;|
|And all that 's best of dark and bright|
|Meet in her aspect and her eyes:|
|Thus mellow'd to that tender light||5|
|Which heaven to gaudy day denies.|
|One shade the more, one ray the less,|
|Had half impair'd the nameless grace|
|Which waves in every raven tress,|
|Or softly lightens o'er her face;||10|
|Where thoughts serenely sweet express|
|How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.|
|And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,|
|So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,|
|The smiles that win, the tints that glow,||15|
|But tell of days in goodness spent,|
|A mind at peace with all below,|
|A heart whose love is innocent!|
Have you been anywhere interesting recently?