Friday, 23 June 2017

Seven Sisters and Beachy Head

"The downs shaped my whole outlook and way of painting because the colour of the landscape was so lovely and the design so beautifully obvious!"

(Eric Ravilious)

You came and looked and saw the view
Long known and loved by me
Green Sussex fading into blue
With just a touch of sea

(Alfred Lord Tennyson)

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Grenfell Tower

"When we shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun."

(William Shakespear. Romeo and Juliet)

"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun ?
And when the earth shall claim your limbs then shall you truly dance."

(Kahlil Gibran)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


I will go out against the sun
Where the rolled scarp retires,
And the Long Man of Wilmington
Looks naked toward the shires;

(Rudyard Kipling. Sussex)

"Hunting, fishing, drawing, and music occupied my every moment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them."

(John James Audubon)

Monday, 5 June 2017

St Pancras Old Cemetery NW1

"Thus, with beer-drinking, pipe-smoking, song-roaring, and infinite caricaturing of woe, the disorderly procession went its way, recruiting at every step, and all the shops shutting before it. Its destination was the old church of St Pancras, far off in the fields."

(Charles Dickens. A tale of two Cities)

At last-it maybe, Death took spite
Or jesting only meant to fright
He sought for Jack night after night
The churchyards round;
And soon they met. The man and spate
In Pancras ground.

(Thomas Hood. Jack Hall)