By Jan Morris
Via an exploration of her nation domestic in Wales, acclaimed shuttle author Jan Morris discovers the center of her interesting nation and what it potential to be Welsh. Trefan Morys, Morris's domestic among the ocean and mountains of the distant northwest nook of Wales, is the 18th-century reliable block of her former relatives apartment within sight. Surrounding it are the fields and outbuildings, the dust, sheep, and livestock of a operating Welsh farm.
She regards this modest development not just as a mirrored image of herself and her existence, but additionally as epitomizing the small and complicated kingdom of Wales, which has defied the realm for hundreds of years to maintain its personal identification. Morris brilliantly meditates at the beams and stone partitions of the home, its jumbled contents, its sounds and scents, its stories and population, and eventually discovers the profoundest meanings of Welshness.
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One floor-to-ceiling cabinet is devoted to photographs of the Queen, Royal Doulton figurines, dolls, Coalport china, spoons, commemorative china pieces and lots of little treasures. The guest rooms are also treasure troves of English decor. And they have names such as Downing Street, Buckingham Gate, Baker Street, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Drury Lane. Some have four-poster beds, quilts, love seats, and rockers. You don't have to be an Anglophile to love this place, but it helps! " The White Hart The Village Green, Salisbury, CT 06068 860/435-0030, fax 860/435-0040 26 rooms.
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