I was a little overdone at first, completely missing the turn into the Zion terrace and then zooming in from the clogged factory.
Blocked by the high stone wall, I soon found myself standing at the top of the Yorkshire moor, with rainbow-like green in the afternoon sun.
This is where Gerald Hughes took his brother to camp. he pulled out the weasel and shot the rabbit.
I made a careful turn and jumped off the tree.
Lined up alleys in the narrow cotton town of mythommroyd.
Zion terrace leads to Aspinall Place, and in the corner I see a light blue plaque that records the fact that poet laureate Ted Hughes was born on the 1 th and recently as a writer
I met Eric, the curator of Ted Hughes's birthplace here.
He is a solid, soft-spoken man, on our journey to the end of the little stone mill --
The late poet known as "Ted.
I was fascinated to see what was behind half the lilac flower --glazed door.
It will be a hard re
In the 1930 s, his wife, two sons and daughter lived together?
I really didn't like to pull a tin bath in front of the fire that night.
But I found that the National Trust holiday cottage is more than the National Trust Heritage.
A leather sofa and armchair sitting on a neutral Berber twisted carpet facing the flames --
The effect of the fireplace, many in the 1930 s than in the 1930 s.
"We tried to nod in the direction of 1930 but didn't turn it into a museum," Eric said . ".
Only the dining table and chairs, I learned from visiting the great childhood --aunts.
Mary, Zoe and Aunt Milly both bought such a leaf table during the war.
Surrounded by several dark brown photos, including one on the V-medium "Ted 1938" Mantel
Probably the last time he took a picture with a smile.
Eric showed me the new kitchen with beautiful black marble working surfaces and also pointed out where the tin bath was once stored. (
It's built now.
In the washing machine. )
Then he took me up the steep stairs leading to the bathroom.
Used to be the bedroom of Ted's sister Olwen)
And the master bedroom where Ted was born.
Like other houses, it exudes a new flavor of Ikea.
The bed is a replica of Victorian brass, but there is also a poor dresser made of thin polished plywood and a high angled mirror.
My mother inherited a, a relatively gorgeous thing that allows me to look at myself from three angles at the same time, thus creating an experience for the youth self. absorption.
This conversion by Zoe Holmes got the right tone in an almost impossible short speech: Creating a vacation cottage --cum-shrine-cum-
As soon as Eric left, I moved the photos of my home to one side and opened my laptop.
That night, I was a few hours before the dinner party.
I can start writing a novel that I thought was done a year ago, but since then, in the early hours of the morning, it has been waking me up and asking for a rewrite.
No phone, no wife, no Wi-
To distract me, I hope I can finally catch it.
I might also get some help from the ghost of young Ted.
It took a while to dig out all kinds of Word documents, and by that time I was tired of long-distance driving.
I was sitting on the huge leather couch and when I woke up I found a tap on the front door.
Sheila of The Elmet Trust came and brought the poet green Hughes, who had no relation but a friend of Ted, who was the special speaker for the dinner that night.
I arrived on the poet's birthday, so it was a dinner party.
The trust hopes to promote local ties with Ted Hughes through projects such as the writers retreat.
They chose the name Elmet because, in his later years, Ted insisted that caledale was part of Elmet, England's last Celtic kingdom.
When I went upstairs, I heard Green Reserve at 1 Aspinall Street.
He remembers it as unobtrusive as a box.
"There is nothing organic in that house.
"While Green and his wife were driving, Sheila and I walked up to the church hall where an Elmet Trust dinner was being held.
As we passed the rocchdale canal, Sheila pointed out that the young "Teddy" Hughes and his friends had broken the window of an empty factory there, he commemorates his behavior in the poem "The Wild edge of the world.
Dinner was a pleasant occasion.
I found myself sitting next to Donald Crossley, one of the four boys who broke the factory window.
The two kept in touch.
Green gave a wonderful speech, and it was easy to admit that he was influenced by what he called Ted's "penning gloom.
Ted's poetry is not a profession.
This is a profession.
"Ted will never give you an afterthought.
"Dinner speech," Green told us with a flash of his eyes.
"He will think it is a waste of literary energy to be too frivolous ".
As the wine flowed out, I took the courage to ask Hughes's friends what they thought about Daniel Craig's performance in the movie Sylvia.
Craig has some sharp comments on the pronunciation error of mythommroyd (say: MY-thom-roid)
Then Donald stared at me with his unstable eyes.
"Do you know what I think? Nothing.
Only one person can play Ted, only one person can look like him and read his poems like him, that is. . . Simon Armitage.
"The meal was only scattered when the designated driver was full.
The rest of us had a good time.
The next morning, when the garbage truck made a series of victory laps around the entertainment district "the plot" in front of Aspinall Place, my throat woke up dry.
Few breakfasts except chocolate cookies and instant coffee (
I forgot it was a self.
So I turned on my laptop and decided to go out for a walk before settling in and editing the giant.
I just went out and Donald called me on his cell phone to check if we were still looking at Ted Hughes's sights in the village that afternoon.
I forgot we were late.
But thank him.
I started walking in the drizzle.
Scout Rock disappeared into the fog.
I passed Wakeleys, the largest blockage manufacturer in the UK, a large industrial building in Millstone sand that needs to be repaired urgently.
Standing next to Sutcliffe Farrar, a company that still produces men's trousers.
Ted's mother, Edith Farah, is a seamstress and a relative of the owner. The en-
The suite shower in my bedroom used to be her studio.
Back to 1 Aspinall, I approached my laptop again.
Sylvia Plath once wrote: "I was wondering if I could write for a year if I was in a room.
"All I have to do is write one day at a time to relieve the stress of family life and the company.
What impressed me, however, is that first of all, I should really log in and check if there is no edit request to know exactly where I am.
So I put on waterproof clothes again and went into town to find the only local internet connection.
There's a rumor that Wi-
I was at the dusty Miller bar but this one was closed.
So far it has rained heavily, so I bought a takeout lunch from the local Sainsbury restaurant and marched back against the brewing storm.
The rain flooded the ditch and a fast-moving truck sprayed a layer of gray water on my little orange plastic bag and me.
I muttered to myself, no wonder Ted moved away.
However, the situation improved in the afternoon.
Just as I had to start work, Donald came to the village in shorts and was ready to take me to the Highlands, a road at the top of the surrounding hills.
Since he retired from a local garment factory, Donald has been working on tracking every local reference in Ted Hughes's poetry.
"There are 27 poems in mythology alone," he explained as we walked down Zion.
"They are all by the river.
"Donald has been communicating with Ted's brother, Gerald, who is now living in Australia.
Together they worked out the exact geographical location of almost all references in early poetry.
Donald carries a detailed map with him showing where the Hughes boy was camping, and Ted shot his first mouse in the pig oile (pigsty)
Where is Bessie's House (a sweet shop)stood.
He can even show the exact geographical meaning of each line in a very private poem "two.
The American University of Emory, which owns all Hughes manuscripts, should buy Donald B. Crossley and take some time to download him into their literature database.
Now that the sun is finally coming out, I'm starting to understand why this landscape is so important to Ted Hughes.
When we came down from a high place, Donald pointed to a red eagle that had stopped on the scenery.
"That's Ted. look at us.
I hope he's here.
"I went back to a whole new place and I was eager to read more of Hughes's work.
I even feel that I am now ready to complete the revision of the novel-after, of course, writing the article for The Independent on Sunday.
Compact facts on how to get asp1 Aspinall Place can be booked through the Yorkshire Villa (01228 406701; yorkshire-cottages. info). "Ted's House" (
Reference for cottage: 212144)
£ 250 per week.
Ted Hughes Festival in mythomroyd-28 October.
For tickets and information, visit theelmettrust.
More information about the Hebden Bridge Visitor Center (01422 843831).
Or visit Yorkshire. com.