Monday, 10 October 2016

Romney Marsh

"The world according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Romney Marsh".

(Richard Harris Barham. The leech of Folkstone.)

"an infectious and holding neighbourhood. Once there you are apt to stay."

(Ford Maddox Ford)

Friday, 26 August 2016


"Falling isn't so bad, you know, it's only landing that hurts."

(Terry Prachett)

"Even more than long hours in the kitchen, fine meals require ingenious organization and experience which is a pleasure to acquire.

(Elizabeth David)

Thursday, 25 August 2016


"Admirable, however, as the Paris of the present day appears to you, build up and put together again in imagination the Paris of the fifteenth century."

(Victor Hugo)

"It's a great city , Paris, a beautiful city --and-- it was very good for me."

(James Baldwin)

Saturday, 20 August 2016


"I don't remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart  you don't even know exist until you love a child."

(Anne Lamont)

"Young bodies are like tender plants, which grow and become hardened to whatever shape you've trained them."

(Desiderus Erasmus)

This is what children the world over should look like, not sitting blood soaked,  
dazed and frightened in the back of an ambulance like little Omran Daqneesh in Aleppo. As we become more sophisticated we become more barbaric , I dispair.

Thursday, 11 August 2016


"Who will go where the standing stones stand,
when the fog rolls in and covers the land,
when the moon is hidden in a cloudy sky,
and the night is as dark as a winters chill,
Whats that? You say you'll dare, you will?

(John Bliven Moran. The Standing Stones)

"Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof. Especially seeing England presents thee with so many observables."

(W G Hoskins. The Making of the English Landscape)

Friday, 29 July 2016


"There's a great power of imagination about these little creatures, and a creative fancy and belief that is very curious to watch...I am sure that horrid matter-of-fact away with the child's most beautiful privilege."

(William Makepeace Thackery)

"To resist the social pressures  now put even on ones leisure time, requires a tougher upbringing and a more obstinate wilfulness about going ones own way, than even before."

(Robert Graves)

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The Ridgeway at Uffington

"It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside."

(Arthur Conan Doyle)

"When I am in the country I wish to vegetate like the country."

(William Hazlitt)

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Levens Hall

"Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?"

(Walt Whitman)

"I keep drawing trees, the rocks,the river, I'm still learning to see them; I'm still discovering how to render their forms. I will spend a lifetime doing that. Maybe someday I'll get it right."

(Alan Lee)