John Burton of The George Eliot Fellowship and Freda Chaney at the George Eliot statue in Nuneaton Square, February 2013.
While my husband took his antibiotics and recuperated, we toured the Griff House, and then sniffed around Nuneaton and Coventry with John and Lynda Burton of The George Eliot Fellowship. This was not particularly easy with my broken big toe forced into oversize riding boots to accommodate the bulky bandage. A folding cane was stowed in my purse just in case. Wearing double socks made the boots a bit more snug so they wouldn't slide off. I clip-clopped around the Midlands, daring the toe to stop me!
Following our whirlwind tour, John Burton was kind enough to drive us all the way to Stratford to spare us the cost of a taxi. Norm and I had grown fond of John's company and his indefatigable spirit, so we were happy to accept his offer. It seemed appropriate to wave him off in a back alley of Shakespeare country. You see, John works behind the scenes to elevate Eliot, and is a kind friend to anyone who wants to learn about her and her work. Even Shakespeare seemed somehow diminished after having spent time among ordinary, extraordinary, living heroes of Eliot country!" ~ Freda M. Chaney, KARMA ROAD