Wordsworth and his brother were walking in the English Lakes in late 1799 with fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge when they came upon the Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Although he lived there for less than a decade, many of the poems he is remembered for were written during those years.
Many people come to the English Lakes to immerse themselves in the world of Beatrix Potter. Potter visited the area as a child, and when she was engaged to her publisher, Norman Warne, they planned together to move to a Lake District farm.
Mac and I spent several weeks in the English Lake District -- home of poet William Wordsworth and Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter, among others -- as an escape from the empty nest left when our youngest set off for college.
As an inveterate stooper-for-pennies, however, I've noticed a recent significant change on the streets of Manhattan. Yes, plenty of pennies are dropped. But just as often nowadays it's dimes that turn up on the pavement.