Husband entered the River Dart 10 kilometre swim yesterday morning in Devon and as he would probably take a few hours to complete the swim, Monkeychild and I decided to drive across to the other side of the river to visit Greenway, the former house of the grande dame of crime fiction, Dame Agatha Christie.
I read my first Agatha Christie book (The Clocks) in my early teens and quickly started to read through a good proportion of her books; I've been a fan ever since really, so I just had to visit her house when I had the chance.
Greenway is a beautiful house situated just above the River Dart and across the water from the village of Dittisham; needless to write that the views are stunning.
|View from Agatha's bedroom window looking down to the river|
...I wouldn't want to keep her in my bedroom as I can imagine her turning her head at night and blinking her eyes! Whenever I see dolls like this, a quote from Stephen King always pops up in my mind: "Dolls with no little girls around to mind them were sort of creepy under any conditions".
|A detail of 'Bar Americane' that can be seen in the below photo|
...although I reckon that she must have had a bigger wardrobe than this!
After we looked at the house, Monkeychild and I had a wander outside and batted a few balls about on the old tennis court and then visited the walled kitchen garden, which had me 'ooh-ing' in delight. Unfortunately, the battery on my phone gave up after taking this photo, but you can just about see the lovely glasshouse through the doorway...