Hello! And welcome to the week 3 of our May book club!
If you’re just joining the party, we’re reading a book called Free Country which was recommended by one of my neighbors. We read Days 10-14 this past week and we’re all here to e-chat about them today.
I’ll start by sharing some thoughts about each Day, and then I’ll throw out some conversation starters at the end of the post!
Favorite facial feature: Peter’s dimple. I loved reading, “I can only assume that this was the result of a lifetime of smiling and laughing.” 🙂 “He looked like an affable gargoyle. I half expected water to shoot from his mouth.”
Favorite view: The one near Skelmersdale in Lancashire. “Surprisingly, it was one of the most scenic views of the entire trip. We had a sweeping cornfield directly below us, which led to more fields and then in the far distance the murky sprawl of Runcorn and Widnes. The distance hum of traffic and industry was overpowered by the chorus of birds, and during the 15 minutes we lay there, not a single car passed.”
Favorite favor: When the lady washing her windows let the guys borrow her tent. “The house fronted directly onto the street so we had to walk around her to pass.” I’ve always loved an English house that sits right up against a street!
Favorite park: Lancaster Leisure Park. “It’s a shopping village with a big antiques centre. I think there’s a children’s play area there, too.” Sounds like my kind of place! I had to chuckle when the next sentence read, “Perhaps the Leisure Park doesn’t sound so great after all.” 😀
Day 12 –
Favorite location: The Lake District.
Favorite line: “Dry stone walls weaved their way across the fields before being swallowed up by the mist. Eerie derelict stone barns were partly visible, and sheep moved like ghosts across the hillside.”
Favorite new character: Mick, er, I mean, Ronnie. 😉 From the unexpected poetry to the epic Guinness/burger/fear fart…I was highly entertained by this chapter!
Favorite line: The first line of Ronnie’s poem to George: “Out of your eyes the love of life appears, seeking liberty to feel the actual, the real.”
Favorite thing that didn’t happen: George & Ben being witnesses at someone’s wedding at this place. Ha!
Favorite discovery: Learning that Henry Ford created a village/outdoor museum in Michigan that not only includes his favorite childhood author’s birthplace, but TONS of other historic homes and buildings he loved too!
I know George thought he was a “complete freak” for buying and moving William Holmes McGuffey’s house, but I LOVE that he had a heart for saving old structures and how COOL that he’s grouped them all in one place for us to visit!! 😀
If you feel the same way, you HAVE to watch this video:
Favorite pub: Traveller’s Rest in Neilston, Scotland.
Favorite moment in the pub: “We were sitting in a warm pub on comfy chairs, drinking free beer and eating broccoli and stilton soup with crunchy bread. We didn’t have a care in the world.”
Favorite patron in the pub: Les, because he gave George & Ben the keys to his SPARE HOUSE!
Your turn! I hope you’ll share some of your favorite parts, people, discoveries, visuals, locations, etc, too!
Here are a few more thoughts and questions about Days 10-14 too:
1. Did anybody else get a kick out of the fact that the two single biggest acts of generosity up to this point involved teenagers? First, the scruffy teen in Lancaster on page 227 and then the gal at the Costcutter in Patna on page 278. Made me smile. 🙂
2. On Day 12, George mentioned that William Wordsworth once said that the Lake District is, “the loveliest spot man hath never found“, and because I adore her, I know Beatrix Potter would agree. Did you know she used her land there to breed Herdwick Sheep which were, at the time, nearing extinction? I hope to visit her beautiful Hill Top Farm one day!
3. On Day 11, George & Ben sang songs in Lancaster’s town centre in hopes to earn some
money food. Would you have the guts to try something similar? 😀
I look forward to catching up with you in the comment section below, and then let’s finish up by reading Days 15-19 this week so we can meet up here for the final book club post next Monday!