Category Archives: Literature

In search of waterfalls

Something called me back to the Brecon Beacons and Wye Valley this year and I responded to it like a knee-jerk impulse (since we hardly needed yet another trip this busy year…), booking it almost before I had time to … Continue reading

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When time stood still in Provence…

We knew we were in France again as soon as we started seeing the electricity pylons that look like giant cats with whiskers. The second clue was the distinctive jingle that always plays (loudly) out of the French railway station … Continue reading

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Flying high, knowing how to land

  “Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a … Continue reading

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The making of an artist

For some time now, I’ve had a half-formed post just hovering there without the words having arrived… All I had to build it on were some photos from the galleries taken on my recent visit to Nottingham Castle Museum in … Continue reading

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Newness breezes in

This morning, I feel like Virginia Woolf in ‘The Hours’ (which I rewatched just the other night); with misted look in my eyes, I find I want to announce “I believe I may have a first sentence”. And this is … Continue reading

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Love, light and Italy

Have just spent the third evening of the month of May enjoying the film of the 1922 novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim entitled “The Enchanted April“…and so am a little too late to achieve the synchronistic timing of an April viewing … Continue reading

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The grass is always greener where you look for something green

It’s been a long weekend of revisiting ‘home turf’ and walking in parks – lots of parks – because its just one of those things about being a dog owner that, even on holiday, you’re guaranteed to go for long daily … Continue reading

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Vignamaggio: Much Ado About Mona Lisa’s garden and a little slice of heaven

Vignamaggio: Fourteenth century Renaissance villa with breathtaking gardens set amidst the vines and olive groves that serve its own award-winning wine and its olive oil production. Also, reputedly, the birthplace of the possessor of that world-famous enigmatic smile, Leonardo da … Continue reading

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Poetic licence – literature into song

I’m always vaguely suspicious when I hear of a project that involves converting one art form into another, especially if “the original” holds nostalgic sway over me for one reason or another. After all,  it can be dangerous territory for … Continue reading

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‘Radical Bloomsbury’ and a Charleston pilgrimage

It’s been the best part of two months now since my Bloomsbury pilgrimage (as referred to in my earlier post Fretwork and flamboyance – Brighton Royal Pavilion) and I am only just setting down what this meant to me, perhaps … Continue reading

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