Monthly Archives: October 2014

Bedbugs and churchyards

One of my favorite novels of all time isĀ Watership Down. The first time I went to Britain with my husband, I made sure we stopped for a few days in the town nearest the down, which is Kingsclere in Hampshire. While there, we learned about how King John visited the town once, and had a sleepless night because he was tormented by bedbugs. He demanded that the locals banish their bedbugs far away, and the furthest point they could think of was on top of the church. And that’s where a golden bedbug sits to this day. The cemetery around Kingsclere is a charming place, so if you’re ever in the area, take the time to visit the cemetery, the church, and its infamous bedbug.kingsclere