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Sunday, 5 April 2015
Of all the 7 deadly sins, my favourite must be Envy.
I have no shame in occasionally being envious of others, especially when it comes to architecture.
There are several periods of English architecture which count amongst my, and most Englishmen's, favourites.... Tudor, Elizabethan, and probably the most popular, Georgian.
My own preference is for Elizabethan architecture (1550-1600 aprox), with Sissinghurst being one of the best domestic examples.
Sissinghurst was famously bought in 1930 by gardener Vita Sackville-West and her diplomat husband Harold Nicholson. It was almost in ruin when they purchased the house, and they spent years restoring and redesigning both it, and the garden.
The stone mullioned windows, coupled with mellow bricks and tiles, give the house (castle) a warmth that has never since been paralleled in English architecture.
Inside every (well, almost every) Englishman/woman lies dreams of an Elizabethan manor/farmhouse. There are two problems here; there probably aren't enough to go round, and most of us couldn't afford them anyway. Still, we can always dream.
KITCHENS & CASTLES ..........
*The other weekend, we went to stay with our daughter and family who live
in the beautiful 17th century town of Stamford.*
* I'm not showing you any of S...
3 days ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 46 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away; we also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!