Friday, 19 May 2017

Earls Court SW5 and Brompton Cemetery SW10

"I have always enjoyed cemeteries. Altars for the living as well as resting places for the dead, they are entryways, I think, to any town or city, the best places to become acquainted with the tastes of the inhabitants, both living and gone."

(Edwidge Danticat)

"The beauty of the twentieth century is the charm of the hospital, the grace of the cemetery, of consumption and emaciation. I admit that I have submitted to it all; worse, I have loved with all my heart."

(Jean Lorrain)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Lincoln's in Fields WC2

"What an amazing thing is the coming of spring to London. The very pavements seem ready to crack and lift under the denied earth; in the air is a consciousness of life which tells you that if the traffic stopped for a fortnight grass would grow."

(H V Morton)

"I feel this evening that I am too hopelessly and happily corrupted by the richness of London life to ever be right for Dorset, or Vice-versa."

(Michael Palin)

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Greenwich Park SE10

"The London trees are all prisoners of men like the lopped crowd of Greenwich park...."

(Charlotte Mew)

"I'm a secretive bastard. I would never let anybody watch me would be like somebody watching you have sex, painting is that personal to me."

(Andrew Wyeth)

Friday, 31 March 2017

Embankment SE1

"The thames shouldered its way past blackfriars bridge, impatient with the ancient piers, no longer the passive stream that slid past chelsea marina, but a rush of water that had scented the sea and was ready to make a run for it."

(J G Ballard)

"There is no river in the world to be compared for majesty and the witchery of association, to the river thames:"

(Hume Nisbet)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Barnes Common SW13

"For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere then when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone."

(Herman Hess)

"Trees are corrupting our parks. They should be arrested for loitering. For deciduous trees, add littering and indecent exposure to that list of offences."


Thursday, 16 March 2017


"May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children."

(Rainer Maria Rilke)

"When you take time to actually listen, with humility, to what people have to say, it's amazing what you can learn. Especially if the people who are doing the talking happen to be children."

(Greg Mortenson)

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Islington N1

"London and Fog! When these two come together it is time to be a writer."

(Mehmet Murat Ildan)

"This Melancholy London-I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually."

(William Butler Yeats)

Monday, 20 February 2017


"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

(Pablo Picasso)

"Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things."

(Edgar Degas)

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Chiswick House Garden W4

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree

(Joyce kilmer)

"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul."

(Max Ehrmann)

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Battersea Park SW11

"The streets of London have their map, but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?"

(Virginia Woolf)

"The parks are the lungs of London."

(Charles Dickens)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

W1. WC1 and WC2

"Go where we may, rest where we will, eternal London haunts us still."

(Thomas Moore)

"It is difficult to speak adequately or justly of London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable or cheerful or easy or exempt from reproach. It is only magnificent."

(Henry James)

Monday, 23 January 2017

Kensal Green Cemetery W10 NW10

"But there is good news to hear and fine things to be seen
 Before we go to paradise by way of Kensal Green."

(G K Chesterton)

For 30 years a total abstainer and ardent pioneer and champion by pencil word and pen of universal abstinence from intoxicating drinks.

(Monument to George Cruikshank)

Saturday, 21 January 2017

St James's Park SW1

"A person who is tired of London is not necessarily tired of life; it might just be that he can't find a parking place."

(Paul Theroux)

"London is too full of fogs and serious people. Whether the fogs produce serious people, or whether the serious people produce the fogs, I don't know."

(Oscar Wilde)