You might have seen my posts about visiting Thomas Hardy's birthplace and house. Seeing where he wrote and learning more about him made me keen to read more of his books. I've just discovered that lots of them are available free, so I've downloaded a good collection. (If you don't have an ereader you can download a free app to read these and other kindle books)
Maybe I'll sit out in the garden tomorrow and read The Mayor of Casterbridge. I studied it at school, but that was a long time ago. I lived in a cottage back then, just as Hardy did as a boy. Like him I had a grandmother living next door who told me stories.
All this gives me a feeble excuse to post another picture from my garden. The one at the top was taken at Hardy's cottage. The other in my garden. What do you think? Are they the same?