How are you today? Did you do anything nice last weekend? I have been
very busy. I'm sure you have been too.
On Sunday afternoon and evening, I was able to take a little break from
work. I was invited to attend a small get-together in Manchester. It was
held in a beautiful Victorian mansion that has been restored by an
acquaintance I have made recently. As I arrived at the mansion, the sun
was setting and you can see how pretty the sky looked, and how impressive
the building was...
The get-together was held in the Sir Harry Smith Suite in the mansion.
(There is a picture of Sir Harry Smith at the top of this article.) He
lived from 1787 ~ 1860 and though not many people know about him, he had an
active part in Britain's history. He fought many battles including The
Napoleonic Wars, he assisted in burning down The White House in Washington,
and he was also made Governor of various colonies such as South Africa.
However, he finally settled in Manchester, therefore, we are lucky to have
had such an important man living in the north of England. It felt amazing
to be sitting in his house! Look at how beautiful his suite is...
My acquaintance who restored this beautiful building treated us to mulled
wine (spiced hot wine which is usually drunk at Christmas), mince pies
(another traditional Christmas delicacy which you can see on the table in
the picture at the top of this article), and a talk about Sir Harry
Smith. It was a lovely, fascinating evening.
The man who restored this building is also passionate about Japan and is a
Japanese literature critic. The reason I was invited to his get-together
is I hope to hold an event about Japanese literature next year at the Sir
Harry Smith Suite, so I went to check the venue and discuss details of the
event. I am thrilled to say it looks like my event on Japanese literature
will indeed take place at the Sir Harry Smith Suite next April. I can't
wait to be in that beautiful building again next year!
How about you? Do you have anything to look forward to next year?
Thank you for reading this article. I hope you are all well, and I will
see everyone again next time. Until then, take care!
Best wishes, from Corrina. ☺️