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Monday, June 15, 2015

loving Emily, part 2!

I gave the links in yesterday's blog post (click here!), but just to catch you up:  Saturday we drove 540 miles round trip in 14 hours to tour the Emily Dickinson Home and Museum in Amherst, Mass, the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Mass and came home via the beautiful Deerfield River and Mohawk Trail State Forest in Mass.

If you are a lifelong admirer of Emily Dickinson's poetry and genius, it was SOMETHING to be in her room, looking out her window and even seeing her kitchen implements.  The tour was superb.
She was from a prominent family and never married or moved.   She was very well educated and spent her life living with her family, gardening, reading, baking, playing with niece and nephew, and WRITING.  Letters and poems in the thousands, most discovered after her death, only a few published in her lifetime.  Considering most poetry of the time was rhyming and perhaps sentimental, she could write brilliantly about anything ordinary and used clever forms and the occaisional unconventional rhyming scheme.  A very modern poet, 100 years before her time, still fresh.

I had never been to the bridge of flowers and good GOLLY Saturday was the gorgeous day to be there, and later we stopped in the Mohawk Trail State forest....a superb day!  Like I say, read yesterday's post for more pics and info and links :)

Emily's garden.

Bridge of flowers:  in 1929 a defunct railroad bridge was taken over by the town and turned into an amazing flower garden!

I always like to stop in the Mohawk Trail Forest, thousands of acres I havn't seen yet...


Barbara Rogers said...

Great shots and THANKS for Emily's house and garden. As close as I'll come to seeing them, and I am a life-long lover of her poetry.

Michèle Hastings said...

What a wonderful day trip. Your photographs are gorgeous.

Karen O'Lone-Hahn said...

I have made several trips to Amherst seeing that my daughter attends Hampshire College. I have even stayed at the Allen House B&B directly across the street from Emily's house and yet have not made the time to visit there! I guess I should do that before my daighter graduated next May as who knows when I will go back to Amherst after that! Thanks for the post :0)

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

definitely a trip I should take! Those flowers are gorgeous!

Lori Buff said...

What a beautiful place.

Anonymous said...

Our tour there was terrific, too.
What a LAVISH spring garden!

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