Friday, 3 July 2015

Amboise

"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but those whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will persue their principles into death."

(Leonardo da Vinci)















"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

(Leonardo da Vinci)

Friday, 26 June 2015

Chinon

"What Family doesn't have its ups and downs." 

(Eleanor of Aquitaine-The Lion in Winter. James Goldman)











"It is my feeling that time ripens all things; with time all things are revealed; time is the father of truth."

(Francoise Rabelais)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Villandry

"After I'd drawn the grasses, I started seeing. Whereas if you'd just photographed them, you wouldn't be looking as intently as you do when you are drawing, so it wouldn't affect you so much."

(Martin Gayford/David Hockney)












" Drawing is the art of being able to leave an accurate record of the experience of what one isn't, of what one doesn't know."

(Brett Whiteley)

Monday, 15 June 2015

Giverny

"My life has been nothing but a faliure."

(Claude Monet)

















"Monets garden must be included with his works, because he combined the magic of an adaptation of nature with the work of a painter of light."

(George Clemenceau)

Friday, 5 June 2015

Vernon and Giverny

"France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older. Intelligence and good manners."

(F Scott Fitzgerald)













"If there were no frenchwomen, life wouldn't be worth living."

(Friedrich Engels)


Monday, 18 May 2015

Flossy

"A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic."

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)



"How is it that little children are so intellegent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it."

(Alexander Dumas)

Monday, 27 April 2015

Florence

"A wise parent humours the desire for independent action so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease."

(Elizabeth Gaskell)



"In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up , there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice."

(Charles Dickens)

Monday, 20 April 2015

The New Forest

"Leaves turn to soil beneath my feet. Thus it is, trees eat themselves."

(David Mitchell)













"I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do."

(Willa Cather)