(Photo credit: Romantic Homes, June 2013 Edition)
“I love him…he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same… If all else perished and he remained, I should still continue to be…He’s always, always in my mind…”
— Cathy, in Wuthering Heights
While waiting on my son, Alec, to get out of the orthodontist today, I browsed through the magazine section at a nearby store. I should never have picked up the English Home issue because it *really* made me want to be in England again.
Then, I opened up the latest Romantic Homes issue and inside was the picture above with the Emily Brontë quote. This not only added to my longing for England, but also made me miss my husband (who is currently out of the country) something fierce!
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
This quote describes the two of us perfectly! We are so much alike — maybe it’s because we married young (I was 19 and he was 20) and sort of grew up together. We share the same desires, dreams and vision for our life, we have many of the same tastes, and yes, the same annoying sense of humor! (To all our friends and family, we apologize!)
Happiness truly is being married to your soul mate and best friend!
Okay, enough of the mushy stuff…
Since I’m in an England/Brontë sort of mood, I thought I’d post — for your viewing pleasure — some [very grainy] pictures from when we were in Haworth several years ago. It is the village where the Brontës grew up:
Brontë Parsonage, where Charlotte, Emily and Anne lived…
Haworth Parish (left) where the Brontë sisters’ father was minister; a plaque (upper right) in memory of Emily and Charlotte; me, with very bad hair, (bottom right) in the parish cemetary. Loved the beautiful tombstones!
These are the “headstones” used in the 1992 movie version of Wuthering Heights. (By the way, this version, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, is THE BEST EVER!!! Excellent actors, beautiful cinematography and an incredible film score!)
Statue of Charlotte, Emily and Anne outside of the Brontë Parsonage Museum…
Lovely walk to the moors, where the sisters (and their brother) spent so much time…
And we go from this beautiful walk (above) to the wild and barren Yorkshire Moors…
Yes, it totally was a bad hair day…but at least the landscape was AMAZING!!!
And below is the Bed & Breakfast that we stayed in. It was actually the home of the Brontës’ personal physician. Cool, huh? The bottom two pictures are of our room. In the bottom lefthand corner, you can see part of the huge picture window we had that overlooked the village below.
The first night we were there, I was so tired from the long drive from Bath. As I lay down to sleep, I jokingly told Jason that if “Cathy” came rapping on the window sobbing in “a most melancholy voice, ‘Let me in — let me in!'” to please ignore her.
Our time in England was incredible! And Haworth was just a small part of it. I can’t wait to go back again, but right now I’d settle for going to the airport to pick up my love! Thankfully, he’ll be home in a few days! 🙂
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.