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England Day 2

Winter is finally here. At least now it looks like it. I finally have enough snow that I can do some snow dyeing. I got eight yards in the dye this morning and will wash them out tomorrow. I take the spent dye baths and mix them together and do what is called mud dyeing. You never know what color the fabric will end up. The mud dyes are lighter in color and since several dyes are mixed together the final color isn’t a clear vibrant color. I still get some nice colors on the cloth.  I can do without the cold, but I do like the snow dyes I get from the snow. Roads here didn’t get bad with the snow yesterday, but you didn’t have to go very far north to start having some problems.

Now for our second day in England. We went to Stratford-upon-Avon and checked out Shakespeare’s home. We also went to Anne Hathaway’s home and Mary Arden’s farm. We used the hop on hop off bus to get from one place to another. The gardens in England were fabulous and it seemed like everyone had gardens.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford. He married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18 and they had 3 children. He retired in Stratford around 1613 at the age of 49 and died 3 years later.

The following pictures are at Shakespeare’s home.

One of the hop on hop off buses.

The local phone booths.

The river Avon.

Anne Hathaway’s house. Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare’s wife.



Garden’s at Anne Hathaway’s

Willow Arbor at Ann Hathaway’s.

Tea at Anne Hathaway’s.

Mary Arden’s farm. Mary Arden was Shakespeare’s mother. Nothing like being raised in the middle of Iowa and going to England to take pictures of farm animals.

We met these gals on the hop on hop off bus and asked what was going on. This was a bachelorette party. They were sitting in the grass at the farm. It seemed that they were having a lot of fun.

John and Jane outside Mary Arden’s farm.

On the way home we went through Kenilworth and stopped to look in at the Kenilworth castle. Kenilworth castle was first built in the 1120s. It was significantly enlarged by King John in the beginning of the 13th century. It was expanded a couple more times and then partly ruined in 1649. Only two buildings remain habitable today.



That’s all for today. I’ll try to get some more up soon.



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