The End of Summer
Summer is having a last flurry at the moment with warm days and blue skies. But there’s the unmistakeable scent of autumn waiting round the corner. Children in oversized uniforms have gone back to school. Darkness looms earlier and earlier each evening. And the mornings are misty and cool.
I love the changing seasons – each of them brings something new to enjoy – but the changeover period as autumn waits in the wings, while summer clings on is unsettling. After spending years in the academic world, I always feel a sense of renewed focus with the arrival of September, but also loss as the holiday months of July and August fade into photos and memories.
The last two months have been a strange mixture of intense writing periods interspersed with fun times. I need to get back to the intense writing, but for the moment I want to remember some of the excitement of August.
I spent a couple of days in Bath. Bath is one of my favourite places. I got to know it when I did my MA at Bath Spa University, and it’s one of the places I could imagine living. One of the highlight was the visit to the Museum of Fashion
This museum is beautifully laid out, not too crowded with interesting audio guides. As well as the Georgian costumes shown here, there are outfits from different periods, and there was a special display of clothes from the First World War period, including costumes from Downton Abbey.
There was also a display of modern interpretations of Georgian fashion, including this one from Vivienne Westwood:
Last week I visited Tintagel Castle in North Cornwall, which has just been listed by English Heritage as one of the top ten castles to visit. It certainly is a magical place, reached by crossing a bridge to a rocky headland and then up very steep steps cut into the rockface!
To be surrounded by fantastic sea views, adds to the myth and mystery the place generates, associated as it is with the legend of King Arthur and the story of Tristan and Isolde.holidays