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)

Monday, 2 May 2016


"Children are living beings-more 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)

"One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun."

(Jane Goodall)

Thursday, 7 April 2016


"Amsterdam was a great surprise to me. I had always thought of Venice as the city of canals; it had never entered my mind that I should find similar conditions in a Dutch town."

(James Weldon Johnson)

"In Amsterdam the water is the mistress and the land the vassal. Throughout the city there as many canals and drawbridges as bracelets on a gypsy's bronzed arm."

(Felix Marti-Ibanez)

Tuesday, 8 March 2016


"Like Tulip-beds of different shape and dyes,
Bending beneath the invisible west-wind's sighs."

(Thomas Moore)

"How can one help shivering with delight when one's hot fingers close around the stem of a live flower, cool from the shade and stiff with new born vigour!"