The usual routine except there seems to be an added item – singing patriotic songs and Mr. Lewis played his flute. Saw castles, gardens. Fine trees in Sherwood Forest. Saracen Head. Newark, George Hotel in Grantham. Stamford a fascinating place with old houses, churches,and streets. Monster garden at George Hotel..
She got the farewell party started after much effort. Played Egg in the bottle, the lighthouse keeper’s daughter, I have an idea, Statues, and Murder. A few of them tried to stay up late but the porter sent them to bed. He had to lock the door. Tied Mr. Thomas’ door.- playing a trick.
(The days were full as they covered a lot of ground)
They headed north from Glasgow up into the Highlands.
From Glasgow they went north to “Beautiful” Loch Lomond. They were traveling through wide, narrowing, steep hills – which she likens to the Lake Winnepasake area of New Hampshire. A stop for lunch and then more riding on the narrow twisting roads. Finally reached Loch Awe at 5 p.m.
She and Lib got the props and rehearsed for a play they were going to present at 9 o’clock. The play was called appropriately “Mary of Argyle”. The performance – they couldn’t remember their lines and they laughed too much = (so hard they couldn’t speak!) Afterward they played charades and other games. They couldn’t go for a walk later because the hotel had to be locked.
Another long day riding in the coach. She liked riding up front part of ye time. They went to Dove Cottage of Wordsworth and De Quincey, a very pretty garden. They road around Lake Windermere. She notes the usual things – boats, islands, beautiful cloud shadows, foxglove, rhododendrons. They stopped for a cold lunch at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Grassmere. Afterward she “putted terribly” – (was there a miniature putting green attached to the hotel?}
More riding in the coach to Keswick. A delicious tea at an “old fashioned” hotel with china all over the walls, big vases, pictures.
She and Lib and Lois went downtown – they got bridge tallies and prizes for the big party planned for later. They dressed up for their big 6 course dinner. They played 3 rounds of bridge, then trades and professions.
She, Mr. Thomas, Lib, and Lois walked down to the lake. Great to get out and walk. It was very dark – seemed romantic.
Prince of Wales Hotel, Grassmere
Keswick Market Square
Walking near Keswick
n.b all images from Google
A better day – some sunshine. She was busy getting participants for various tournaments and talking with various people, including crew members. She played, and won, 2 rounds of the shuffleboard tournament. After Libby went to bed she had a “wild” time with one of the crew. ( Hmm – is this my mother at age 22?)