Pete McCarthy in his book McCarthy's Bar states that you should never pass a pub with your name on it. On This theory, I felt obliged a couple of days ago, to stop at Cowan Bridge for a few moments. In fact when I spotted that they had a tea room, I realised that it was.......
Cowan Bridge is not a huge village but it has a claim to fame in that the Bronte sisters (some of them anyway) went to school here for a year or so. By all accounts, their year in school there was thoroughly miserable and harsh. Maria Bronte returned from the school with advanced tuberculosis and died (apparently she is the inspiration behind Helen Burns in Jane Eyre) and her sister Elizabeth also died within two weeks of returning from the school. Anne Bronte was saved the misfortune of having to go to school here. The building below is where they lodged in very spartan conditions.
I imagine that this bridge is Cowan Bridge itself.
The water was gloriously amber.
That's it for this very brief blog. It's been a busy old time and there's lots to tell you about. There's the Folk 'n' Ale festival in Dumfries (now what better combination could you get), I was on my way to look at sculpture in Yorkshire with Bev here, so plenty of that, I passed by a great museum in Keighley, there's a bit of stravaiging in Edinburgh and, good grief, there's still stuff left over from Chester and that trip and lots more. Has anyone got any spare time they can give me. I'm off to Dunoon to visit the kids for a couple of days and after that it's the sculpture symposium here in Kirkcudbright, so hopefully you'll join me here to see several pieces of art being made before your very eyes. Tara for now folks.