‘I really like it. It looks beautiful, the colours are lush and it’s a refreshing perspective on the world. I love the idea of excellent dates engaging with Pliny’s figs and mushrooms, your thought provoking note on innocence, and the concept of the songs of men deep in the heart of grape buds’ – Nicki

What a woman

What a woman

Lawrence Durrell imagines a moment when Alexander the Great may have been momentarily humbled, in reading the stunning bio of the mythical Queen Semiramis. The god-intoxicated young Alexander must have felt suitably chastened when, in the depths of the Scythian...

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The long and the short of it

The long and the short of it

The King and Queen of England, George III and Charlotte, comparing notes on the nature and subjectivity of time, in both its length and concomitant shortness.   ‘Oh!  for me,’ cried the Queen, ‘I am always quarrelling with Time!  It is so short to do something, and so...

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Making sense of time

Making sense of time

The Polish French artist Roman Opalka noted that 'we are, and are about not to be'.  To try to make sense of the flow of time which takes us from finite being to infinite non-being, he began painting numbers, starting with '1', with a view to getting as close to...

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Admiration patches

Nobody hatched or planned the idea of Admiration Patches.  Instead, they were unconsciously crowd-created by individuals literally 'voting with their feet'.  The gardens at Sissinghurst have thousands of visitors and...

Pebble pusher (ii)

As a life long pebble pusher, I spend some gardening time singling out pebbles for their beauty, whether of form, texture or colour, translucence or opacity, perfection or imperfection.  They...

Special gratitude

This is the first time I have seen this thought articulated, that we reserve a particular gratitude to those who have helped us develop confidence.  For me, they would include...

Of sweet sleep

Keat's evocation of perfect sleep is particularly moving considering he was soon robbed of health and 'quiet breathing' by the assault of tuberculosis.  He had also nursed his mother and...

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