Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Country-House Weekend with Agatha Christie

Agatha stayed here for 5 weeks in 1916.
We travelled by train this morning from Saint  Erth to Newton Abbott to reach our next hfholidays destination, Moorlands in Devon near the Dartmoor National Park. Moorlands is an English country house where Agatha Christie spent 5 weeks in 1916 and where she wrote her very first mystery, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.


Moorlands is located close to a number of tors or big rocks.
Our shared room has a view of the garden where one could play croquet, admire the flowers or just sit reading a book. Apparently, Agatha avoided the other guests and explored the area alone often talking to herself or to the characters that she was creating in her head. The character of Poirot first emerged from Agatha's solitary meanderings at Moorlands.

my country home for 3 days
Agatha Christie came to Moorlands needing a rest from her voluntary aid work with wounded soldiers in Torquay. As a girl, she  had been educated at home by her parents and then sent to Paris for "finishing" and so found the demands of war work exhausting.
the gardens
England is a garden.
As I write, I have made a decision. I really don't want to walk all day with a group. I have mixed feelings about returning home and want to hold all of my thoughts and experiences close to me. I want to read my book, polish my nails, wander at will and try to deal with my mixed (up???) emotions. It is Sunday, perhaps I will even pay an online visit to a church and listen to a sermon. It is also Mother's Day in Canada and the U.S. so perhaps this is the gift that I give myself:solitude. Happy Mothers' Day!!!


1 comment:

  1. I understand that need for solitude and I understand the reasons.

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