Friday, 29 July 2016


"There's a great power of imagination about these little creatures, and a creative fancy and belief that is very curious to watch...I am sure that horrid matter-of-fact away with the child's most beautiful privilege."

(William Makepeace Thackery)

"To resist the social pressures  now put even on ones leisure time, requires a tougher upbringing and a more obstinate wilfulness about going ones own way, than even before."

(Robert Graves)

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)