by Brenda W. Clough
Today we visited Charles Darwin’s house in Sussex. It is now actually within the commuter belt, and you can get there by bus and train. I am visiting every residence I can easily find of the right historical period for this novel. Downe House is particularly cool because Darwin had no office or other work space. Everything he did he did at home, surrounded by his family. It helped of course that he was a rich man who could get an army of servants and gardeners to do all the tough work. Wow, he had a good life!
We went with friends, which more than doubles the fun. Here we are absorbing a nutritious lunch of cheese and ham in the tea room of the site. And we traveled by Underground, light rail, taxi, walking, bus, and commuter rail — all in one day. Only in London is this possible, or perhaps New York City.
Tomorrow, the convention actually starts! But on our way over I think we will stop at the Tower of London.