Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -Bronte Country by Kevin Cooper

Delighted to welcome Kevin Cooper to the series with three posts. In his first post Kevin and his wife Pat took a break from her treatment from breast cancer to explore Bronte country.

Bronte Country by Kevin Cooper

With everything going on, we haven’t planned to do anything over Easter. Having said that, our thoughts are turning towards the need for a vacation or at the very least, a weekend holiday. We don’t feel we can really plan anything until after Pat finishes her radiotherapy early in May.

We normally do have days away or weekends away around Easter, but since we have nothing really going on this year here’s what we did… yesteryears, so to speak. 🙂

A few years ago, Pat and I celebrated Easter in Haworth. It was a weekend trip. I had neglected to take my camera charger and only managed to get pictures of us on the Barge Trip, but we really enjoyed it nevertheless.

Haworth is well known as Bronte Country. It’s where the Bronte Sisters were born and raised. Charlotte wrote the most works, Jane Eyre being the most popular. Personally, I like Anne’s, Agnes Grey the best. I believe the most popular of all though is Emily’s, Wuthering Heights with its most famous quotation, “I am Heathcliff!” which I sometimes find myself crying out when I’m in La-la land, depending of which version of La-la land I’m in… I digress. Their brother, Branwell was more of an artist and a poet.

I was fortunate to obtain the complete Bronte paperback collection for Pat while we were in Howarth, and a compilation of their poems for myself, which I didn’t know existed. Pat often takes one of their works on holiday with her. I pick one up once in a while myself for a good re-read when everything else on the market just looks downright boring and trite. 😀

We took a canal trip at Hebden Bridge. Being as it was Easter, they had this huge white egg on the front of the barge. I actually found the egg somewhat annoying because I had a hard time getting the camera around it to take shots. (Grr!)

The dog that’s on the barge in the photos below, followed us all the way down the canal and back. He’d wait at the gates with us, smiling with his mouth open and then carry on when we were moving again. Pat noticed him first and I observed him while we had our cuppa. I wish I had got more shots of him now.

The most interesting part for me was waiting for the lock gates to fill with water. Not having been on a barge before, I found it to be quite a novelty. The view was beautiful. Pat got bored with all the waiting at each gate.

We’ve been back to Bronte Country since this trip, particularly the village and the Bronte Museum. It was unplanned and I didn’t have my camera at all that time. However, I was impressed by how much I learned at the museum, how life was back in the day, the black death, changes that Patrick Bronte (Their father) sought to make to improve the lives of people in the village…I could go on, but I’m saving that for another post when I have some more photos to share.

Pat especially loved the museum. I’ll be sure to get some really good pics the next time we go, especially of the village and the museum. Pat and I actually enjoy short breaks more than we do long vacations and it seems we enjoy holidays here in Britain more than those abroad. 🙂

©Kevin Cooper 2016

About Kevin Cooper

Kevin Cooper was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, England in 1963

He moved to the USA in 1985 when he was 21 years old. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from Asbury College in Kentucky with recognition on the Dean’s List. He continued his studies at the Grand Canyon University in Arizona, where he obtained a Research Fellowship and graduated with a M.Ed with a strong focus on writing and grammar.

While in America, Kevin has been a College Lecturer of General Studies, a Manager for The Hertz Corporation, who acknowledged him with awards of recognition for his service and dedication to the company, a Substitute Teacher, and a Private Tutor.
He now resides in England and is an established Author of several works.

Kevin founded Kev’s Author Interviews and Author of the Month to help promote fellow authors worldwide through his website and across the social media networks.
He recently re-branded his website to Kev’s Great Indie Authors with added features for authors including an editing service and book reviews. He is always developing his services as he comes across new ways to help promote indie authors.

A selection of books by Kevin Cooper

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About Miedo 2: A Reckoning With Fear.

Miedo’s story continues in this chilling sequel to Meido: Living Beyond Childhood Fear. As Miedo comes into young adulthood, he is confronted with new demons while he searches for answers to his past through Spiritualism. But, rather than finding answers, he is left with more questions as a plethora of paranormal experiences occur in his life once again…

One of the recent reviews for the book

I enjoyed Cooper’s first memoir, Miedo: Living Beyond Childhood Fear, and when I finally picked up this sequel, I liked it even more than the first. It continues the story of Cooper’s early life through his teens, including his struggle to find his place in the world, understand the role of faith in his life, and control the demons that continue to plague him.

Told in the 3rd person, the memoir reads like a story, and Miedo is a highly sympathetic character. I related to his feelings of displacement, and the rambling style of Cooper’s narration perfectly reflects that time of life when young adults are stumbling about and trying to define who they are. In some ways, the narrative reminds me of Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) as it picks up on the day to day seemingly insignificant events that make up a life. People and jobs, plans and friends come and go like water through Miedo’s fingers. His sense of belonging never seems to have a strong anchor though there are some relationships that he relies on.

Cooper does an excellent job of telling his story in Miedo’s authentic “voice,” reflecting his age and education at the time events unfold. The narrative also happens in the moment. In other words, this is not a memoir that the authors relates with the benefit of hindsight, but one that unfolds for the reader as it happens.

Miedo 2: A Reckoning with Fear isn’t a long read. Cooper’s style is unique and his story is addicting. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys memoirs and stories about the struggle to overcome difficult childhoods. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miedo-2-Reckoning-Kevin-Cooper-ebook/dp/B00SC35UG

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Miedo-2-Reckoning-Kevin-Cooper-ebook/dp/B00SC35UG

Read more reviews and follow Kevin on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/460158.Kevin_Cooper

Connect with Kevin

Author page Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kevin-Cooper/e/B00EWFEYKQ
Author page Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kevin-Cooper/e/B00EWFEYKQ
Website: https://lovelifetearsnlaughter.wordpress.com/about/
Blog:https://kcbooksandmusic.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kevcooper63
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrtIndieAuthors
Google: https://plus.google.com/+KevinCooper/posts

My thanks to Kevin for sharing this lovely day trip to Bronte Country and there will be more posts in the next few weeks.

 

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38 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -Bronte Country by Kevin Cooper

  1. I enjoyed the Kev’s post from the archives. And clearly I enjoyed his book(s), too. 🙂 It’s fun to visit the homes/areas where writers worked their magic. It’s easy to see how their surroundings influenced their work as well as to imagine them as people beyond their lives as authors. Thanks for sharing, Sally. 🙂

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  2. I liked this post from Bronte country and visit to the house/museum . The sisters did put a mark on English literature indeed. I lived not too far away for a long time and used to bring visitors there. Everyone loved it and we even saw plays at the theatre in Bradford.

    You who are interested should try what we call Narrowboat ( Canal boat) . It is dreamy and romantic. The speed is slow and there is plenty of time to relax and be at one with nature.
    Miriam

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  3. I enjoy little travelogues like this, complete with photos. I felt a little nostalgic looking at them, though I’ve never been to England. But it’s on my bucket list. I especially want to see many of the little villages. I know I’ve had several lifetimes there. Lovely post, Kevin ❤

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  4. Hi guys!

    Great post. Just one thing – they’re narrow boats, not barges! Barges are found on the canals of Amsterdam. Just to be picky! Husband and I own a narrow boat moored in Warwickshire (we live in Hampshire) and cruise regularly during the warmer months.

    But talking of Bronte country, I’ve never been and would love to.

    Jo

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  6. I love the Bronte sisters, Sally. I have read all their books and a lot of non-fiction books about their lives. I am desperate to visit the Bronte Museum. Next year I have to choose between Scotland (which includes a trip to the Bronte Museum) or Ireland. What kind of a choice is that?

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  7. Kevin: What a lovely weekend trip you both had. I especially smiled at what you wrote here:
    ‘I believe the most popular of all though is Emily’s, Wuthering Heights with its most famous quotation, “I am Heathcliff!” which I sometimes find myself crying out when I’m in La-la land, depending of which version of La-la land I’m in…’

    Wishing you and Pat a joyful Christmas!

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