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.

(Ian Sidaway)

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)

Wednesday, 29 June 2016


"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."

(Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

"Grown-up people do not know that a child can give exceedingly good advice even in the most difficult case."

(Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

Friday, 17 June 2016

Southwold, Walberswick and Aldburgh

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."

(Albert Einstein)

"When I see a white sheet of paper, I feel I've got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything."

(Ellsworth Kelly) 

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Flatford and Pin Mill

"There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may,- light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful."

(John Constable)

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

(Pablo Picasso)