All photos above are my own, taken at Monk’s House
As you know, my aim in writing this blog was to learn about, and share ‘all things Virginia’. Here is an update on my progress to mark the end of 2015 and the start of 2016.
Well, over the last four months, I have learned a lot about Virginia and where she lived, and with whom. I have learned about what she wrote, where she wrote, how she felt, and about the uncertainties she had about her writing. I have learned about her bereavements, her illness and her relationships. I know that she was highly educated, widely travelled, wealthy and abused.
I have learned about her friends, the Bloomsberries, and what they did. I know a bit about abstract art, famous novels and the Dictionary of National Biography. My learning has got me well and truly side-tracked until I now know snippets about Tennyson and the Freshwater Circle, and about the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. My blog has also led me to consider Ophelia and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. I can also say that I even know about her car and about the food that she ate and the servants that she had.
But, I have a long way to go. There are many many unread novels and non fiction; essays and diaries. I need to consider Modernism and Feminism, Victorian etiquette, the Omega workshops, events of the time and more places of interest and who knows where else my learning will take me.
Thank you very much for reading.