Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Rydal Water and Grasmere

"The fallen leaves in the forest seemed to make even the ground glow and burn with light."

(Malcolm Lowry)

" Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill."

(John Muir)

Thursday, 17 November 2016


"The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal. Always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits."

(Alfred Wainwright)

"But not even Hitler can damage the fells"

(Beatrix Potter)

Friday, 11 November 2016

The Honister Pass

"What are men to rocks and mountains?"

(Jane Austin)

"There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us, they will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them."

(Friedrich Nietzsche)

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Derwent Water

"The first thing which I remember as an event in my life was being taken by my nurse to the brow of Friars crag on Derwent Water."

(John Ruskin)

"For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing often times the still, sad music of humanity."

(William Wordsworth)

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Kirkby Lonsdale

"I do not know, in all my own country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine."

(John Ruskin)

Still grand, and beautiful, and good,
And scorned the swollen raging flood,
Has Lonsdale bridge unshaken stood,
For many ages;
Though antiquarians, who have tried
some date to find, in vain have pried
In ancient Pages.

(A native poet, unattributed)

Monday, 10 October 2016

Romney Marsh

"The world according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Romney Marsh".

(Richard Harris Barham. The leech of Folkstone.)

"an infectious and holding neighbourhood. Once there you are apt to stay."

(Ford Maddox Ford)

Friday, 26 August 2016


"Falling isn't so bad, you know, it's only landing that hurts."

(Terry Prachett)

"Even more than long hours in the kitchen, fine meals require ingenious organization and experience which is a pleasure to acquire.

(Elizabeth David)

Thursday, 25 August 2016


"Admirable, however, as the Paris of the present day appears to you, build up and put together again in imagination the Paris of the fifteenth century."

(Victor Hugo)

"It's a great city , Paris, a beautiful city --and-- it was very good for me."

(James Baldwin)