Alton is a lovely town complete with an excellent Thai Restaurant (The River Kwai). Its origins date back to the Roman Road and certainly was at least a spot on the road during the Danish invasion (circa 1000). It was the signing location for the treaty between Henry I and Robert, Duke of Normandy (hence the name Alton Treaty in 1101). It is also home to the Watercress Line – an old Hants railway that used to transport all the watercress grown here to market. One can still ride the old Diesel and Steam locomotives on weekends throughout the year.
After wandering through town, visiting the Curtis Musem (free) and taking a lot of pictures. we traveled a bit further down A31 to Chawton and Jane Austin’s house. To be honest, I am not a fan of Jane Austin. She might have written characters true to her era, but I don’t like preachy and the “taking care of the poor master/children/whatever” trope leaves me cold. Nevertheless, I liked the house and the houses in the area.
What follows is a gallery of the photos from today, first from Alton and the museum followed by inside Jane Austins house and Chawton.
The alpaca striped scarf was finished up at lunch. This evening I finished the right front on Wicked Eyelet and started sewing the sides together. That will leave me to find buttons and add an edge finishing. You will get pix of both in the morning as I don’t feel like opening up the FTP and hand typing in the URLs (maybe at the end of the gallery? We will see how much energy I have). I also need to get these all uploaded to Flickr to give some variety to my sidebar
Reading and Watching
A Deeper Blue – by John Ringo in paperback. CSI:Miami Season Three on the laptop.