A colourful day-watching the trooping of the colour this morning, then visiting the Red House this afternoon. William Morris lived in this house for five years in his twenties. He had it built when he got married, and it was designed by his friend Philip Webb, in collaboration with Morris. There is so much interesting information about him and this house. I have been reading all about him tonight in a book I have had for years and never really looked at properly. He was a man who was interested in so many different types of decorative arts and crafts, and set out to learn to do as many as he could, as well as this he was a poet, and translator of Icelandic sagas. So much more too. He was truly impressive. His motto was 'si je puis', meaning 'if I can' and he certainly lived up to this.
The house is lovely, as is the garden. The guided tour was good and the cake in the tea shop exemplary! I have meant to go there for ages as it is only about 15 minutes away in Bexleyheath.
As well as being a good outing, the visit also provided some great shadows. Visit Hey Harriet here for more.