Friday, 2 October 2015


"He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing more tragic. Nothing is more sublime."

(Victor Hugo)

"The old Paris is no more (the form of a city changes faster, alas! than a mortals heart)."

(Charles Baudelaire)

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Flossy, Pooh and Panda

"Love Children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us."

(Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

" Children are living beings-more living than grown up people who have built shells around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is personal love."

(Rabindranath Tagore)

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Wakehurst Place and Ripley

"Rest is not idleness, to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summers day, listening to the murmer of water, or watching clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."

(John Lubbock)

"To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its features."

(Thomas Hardy)

Friday, 31 July 2015


"Sweet childish days, that were as long
As twenty days are now."

(William Wordsworth. 'To a butterfly')

"Did you know that childhood is the only time in our lives when insanity is not only permitted to us, but expected."

(Louis de Bernieres)

Sunday, 19 July 2015


"The truth is not one of us is innocent. We all have sins to confess."

(Catherine de Medici)

"Courage is as often the outcome of dispair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to loose, in the other everything to gain."

(Diane de Poitiers)

Friday, 3 July 2015


"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but those whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will persue their principles into death."

(Leonardo da Vinci)

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

(Leonardo da Vinci)

Friday, 26 June 2015


"What Family doesn't have its ups and downs." 

(Eleanor of Aquitaine-The Lion in Winter. James Goldman)

"It is my feeling that time ripens all things; with time all things are revealed; time is the father of truth."

(Francoise Rabelais)

Monday, 22 June 2015


"After I'd drawn the grasses, I started seeing. Whereas if you'd just photographed them, you wouldn't be looking as intently as you do when you are drawing, so it wouldn't affect you so much."

(Martin Gayford/David Hockney)

" Drawing is the art of being able to leave an accurate record of the experience of what one isn't, of what one doesn't know."

(Brett Whiteley)