That is the topic for the day…Shakespeare!!!

Woke up early in the morning and went to Anne Hathaway’s cottage, where much of her life with Shakespeare was spent.  The cottage was a mile walk from our bed and breakfast location and the weather was so nice!

I got attacked by Stinging Nettles (mainly because I tripped and walked into the plant) and ended up getting itchy burning red welts on my hands.  Thank you Mother Nature.

We also went to the touristy part of Stratford, touring the birthplace of Shakespeare.  The cottage had incredibly low ceilings, smoothed over stone floors, and multiple fire places (one for leather works and several for cooking purposes).  The beds are very different from ours today.  Instead of a firm frame to support the mattress, ropes have to be re-tightened every night to provide sleeping support.  That would be super uncomfortable to sleep on ropes and straw every night. Ouch!

At night, we had the pleasure of watching The Roaring Girl at the Royal Shakespeare Company theater.  We sat at the top of the theater and leaned over the railing and watched the two hour performance, which I thoroughly enjoyed, especially the crude humor in the script.

flower from the garden

flower from the garden

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Comfy bed? Probably not

Comfy bed? Probably not

Inside the theater tour!

Inside the theater tour!

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The Kate's after dinner, before the play

The Kate’s after dinner, before the play

Our seats, getting ready for the play

Our seats, getting ready for the play

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