Monday, 28 November 2016

Roald Dahl’s Great Missenden

If you can't find me here, there's a chance I might be writing at Fine Books and Collections, a fantastic magazine that I discovered half a decade ago, always a great inspiration and resource not only of books, but of literary travels as well. Early last month, I wrote about James Joyce's "Years of Bloom" in Trieste, Italy, one of the places we travelled to during the summer.

Last week, I wrote about Roald Dahl's Great Missenden, which we first visited in 2011 when we were only three in the family. F B and C Editor Rebecca Rego Barry published this post to coincide with Dahl's 26th death anniversary.

Walder, Roald Dahl's Great Missenden, Danny the Champion of the World
"In Roald Dahl’s writing nook that’s preserved behind glass, we find ucky-mucky and strange things similar to what our grandparents might have possessed. There is what appears to be a cannonball that is in fact made from hundreds of silver foil chocolate wrappers, presumably Cadbury Dairy Milk, which he ate every day while working in London.
                                                                                                                                                                       No doubt Dahl loved his chocolate, and he devoted a chapter to it in The Roald Dahl Cookbook. In it he charted a ‘history of chocolate,’ seven glorious years that started from Crunchie in 1930 to Kit Kat in 1937 (as someone with Norwegian parentage, it would have been interesting to hear his thoughts on Kit Kat vs. Kvikk Lunsj). I overheard a young boy looking for “Dahl’s bone” and that would indeed sound gruesome if you didn’t know he meant a piece of Dahl’s femur bone, removed during one of his hip replacement operations, now a paperweight. Dahl also had a glass bottle containing shavings from his spine, from several operations on his back to ease wartime injury problems. These objects were once housed in Dahl’s writing hut at the bottom of his garden in Great Missenden. They were in the inner part of the hut where Dahl wrote his books, which was transferred to the nearby Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre a few years ago."
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We might do this every five years but seeing how they grow up so quickly might make me cry each time.

Walder, Roald Dahl's Great Missenden, replica writing chair
Sat in a replica of Roald Dahl's writing chair, of course I wore my pyjamas!
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