Thursday, 13 August 2015

Wakehurst Place and Ripley

"Rest is not idleness, to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summers day, listening to the murmer of water, or watching clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."

(John Lubbock)







"To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its features."

(Thomas Hardy)

Friday, 31 July 2015

Florence

"Sweet childish days, that were as long
As twenty days are now."

(William Wordsworth. 'To a butterfly')


"Did you know that childhood is the only time in our lives when insanity is not only permitted to us, but expected."

(Louis de Bernieres)

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Chenonceau

"The truth is not one of us is innocent. We all have sins to confess."

(Catherine de Medici)











"Courage is as often the outcome of dispair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to loose, in the other everything to gain."

(Diane de Poitiers)

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)