Friday, 19 May 2017

Earls Court SW5 and Brompton Cemetery SW10

"I have always enjoyed cemeteries. Altars for the living as well as resting places for the dead, they are entryways, I think, to any town or city, the best places to become acquainted with the tastes of the inhabitants, both living and gone."

(Edwidge Danticat)













"The beauty of the twentieth century is the charm of the hospital, the grace of the cemetery, of consumption and emaciation. I admit that I have submitted to it all; worse, I have loved with all my heart."

(Jean Lorrain)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Lincoln's in Fields WC2

"What an amazing thing is the coming of spring to London. The very pavements seem ready to crack and lift under the denied earth; in the air is a consciousness of life which tells you that if the traffic stopped for a fortnight grass would grow."

(H V Morton)







"I feel this evening that I am too hopelessly and happily corrupted by the richness of London life to ever be right for Dorset, or Vice-versa."

(Michael Palin)

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Greenwich Park SE10

"The London trees are all prisoners of men like the lopped crowd of Greenwich park...."

(Charlotte Mew)











"I'm a secretive bastard. I would never let anybody watch me painting...it would be like somebody watching you have sex, painting is that personal to me."

(Andrew Wyeth)



Friday, 31 March 2017

Embankment SE1

"The thames shouldered its way past blackfriars bridge, impatient with the ancient piers, no longer the passive stream that slid past chelsea marina, but a rush of water that had scented the sea and was ready to make a run for it."

(J G Ballard)











"There is no river in the world to be compared for majesty and the witchery of association, to the river thames:"

(Hume Nisbet)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Barnes Common SW13

"For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere then when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone."

(Herman Hess)







"Trees are corrupting our parks. They should be arrested for loitering. For deciduous trees, add littering and indecent exposure to that list of offences."

(Bauvard)

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Florence

"May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children."

(Rainer Maria Rilke)



"When you take time to actually listen, with humility, to what people have to say, it's amazing what you can learn. Especially if the people who are doing the talking happen to be children."

(Greg Mortenson)

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Islington N1

"London and Fog! When these two come together it is time to be a writer."

(Mehmet Murat Ildan)











"This Melancholy London-I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually."

(William Butler Yeats)


Monday, 20 February 2017

Florence

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

(Pablo Picasso)


"Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things."

(Edgar Degas)