01 October, 2020

Dorset Diary

I was greatly pleased to arrive in Thomas Hardy’s birthplace one June morning and note with a perverse satisfaction that the world seemed to have forgotten his birthday

Dorset Diary
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2016-06-17T21:57:04+05:30
Hardly remembered

There are two very good reasons why you should not bank on birthdays. The first is that they come around only once every year, which makes for a rather long wait if you are the celebrating kind. The second is that people tend to forget other people’s birthdays. For some reason I had imagined issues attached to forgetfulness affected only those associated with me, so I was greatly pleased to arrive in Thomas Hardy’s birthplace one June morning and note with a perverse satisfaction that the world seemed to have forgotten his birthday. I walked into the visitor’s centre to double-check. “So good of you to notice,” the lady there said. “Visitors usually don’t. They realise it only when we tell them!”

She told me how to get to the cottage Hardy was born in and I took a meandering path through the woods. Hardy’s Cottage is in Higher Bockhampton, a village in Dorset in southwest England....

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