October, 2015

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Heath was in full bloom.
Has Autumn come onto the moor of Wuthering Heights ?
-A visit to the Bronte Sisters
The moors, for the moors where the short grass
 Like velvet beneath us should lie!
 For the moors, for the moors where each high pass
 Rose sunny against the clear sky!

Emily Bronte

 In September, my husband and I travelled in Scotland and England. It was a long desired journey. Especially, to go to the Bronte Sisters' place was my 50 years' dream.
I will show some of my photos as for the Brontes. Some pictures are my own take, but some are from the book I bought at the Bronte Museum. Inside the house it was not allowed to take pictures. Please meet the three ladies who died young leaving their names forever in literature.
   The town of Haworth is on the hill.
We went up and down around the center of the town. Very attractive small town. 200 hundred years' pub and a drug store are still there, where Branwell Bronte, the brother to the sisters, got drunken and bought opium.......!
   The gateway to the Bronte Parsonage.
We first go to the museum to buy admission tickets, then proceed to the house where the family lived.
You will see a blue clock on the left.
It is the church where Reverend Patrick Bronte, their father, served.
   Portrait of Charlotte, painted after her death by J.H. Thompson, a friend of Branwell's.

Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855

Beside her literature, Charlotte left many pictures, pencil drawing or watercolor.
   Water color portrait of Anne Bronte by Charlotte.

Ann Bronte 1820-1849

   I can not find Emily's portrait. It is a pity.
This is Emily's dog Keeper, drawn from life by Emily on April 24th of 1838 when Emily was 20 years old.

When Emily died in 1848 at age 29,
Keeper spent many nights howling at the door of Emily's empty bedroom
   Dining room
   Bronte Parsonage
   Harumi Okochi before the Parsonage.
We had to wait for half an hour to enter because there were too many guests. Tourists from all over the world are visiting this place.
   At the back garden of the parsonage, there stood the statues of three sisters.
I do not know which is who.
   The little books the sisters made are really small. As small as half of your palm.
I saw their pens, envelopes, writing pads etc. They were really small!
   The passway to the church. Alongside this way, we saw the school where Charlotte and Emily taught children.
   The Haworth Church
The reverend Patrick Bronte was a clergyman of the Church of England.

We could not take a picture of this church because houses surround closely and we can not step back far enough to take the whole image in the camera.
This drawing is from The Bronte Calendar 2016 which I bought at the museum.
   Inside, we sat and rested for a while.
   Mr. Bronte photographed in old age.

Patrick Bronte and his wife Maria had six children. Two girls died early, and then Maria herself left the family. Maria's sister came to take care of the children.
Charlotte was the one who lived longest. She got married to Rev. Arthur Nicholls, her father's assistant curate, but died within a year of her happy marriage at the early stage of her pregnancy.
Mr. Bronte, having out-lived his wife and children, died in this house on June 7, 1861, aged 84.
It is a relief to know that Mr. Nicholls stayed beside Mr. Bronte until his death.
   The Church graveyard next to the Parsonage.
Their royal servants sleep here.
The family sleep in the Church.
   Signboard to explain the Bronte Graves.
All the family members but Anne sleep here. Anne died in Scarborough so she is not here.
   The Bronte Society manages this Bronte Museum.It is small but beautiful.
   I was surprised to find these Chinese calligraphy on the wall of the Museum.
These letters mean the essence of the novels.
Left: 'Speechless', meaning the characteristics of Heathcliff from Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights".
the 2nd from the left: 'Sobbing' from Charlotte's "Jane Eyre", the next is 'Thunder' from also "Jane Eyre", the right is 'Bird's whisper' from "Jane Eyre".
   The entrance of the passway to the moor.
No bus, no taxi. We have to walk to and from the moor which the Bronte sisters loved so much. It is a 5 hours' walking.
My poor knees do not allow me to walk longer than 20 minutes.
I gave up going there.
I have dreamed this for 50 years!
I was too late to come here.
You should visit here before you get 70! Remember!
   This picture is from the book.
The moor looks like this!
I will persuade myself that I have seen the moor, looking at this picture again and again.

Fortunately, I saw heather blooming here and there while I was in Scotland.

This is the ruin of the house that is believed to be the model of the house of Emily's "Wuthering Heights". It still remains on the moor.

This picture is also from the Bronte Calendar 2016 drawn by Pam Jordan.

When we visited Haworth, it was late summer, with lingering heat in the sky.

Now it is October.
Has Autumn come onto the moor of the Wuthering Heights?

Thank you very much for joining me.
I hope you will visit us again next month.

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