”The modern world worships the idea of the self, the individual, but it is a gilded cage: there is another kind of freedom in becoming absorbed in a little life on the land. In a noisy age, I think perhaps trying to live quietly might be a virtue.” James Rebanks - English Pastoral
Image Of The Week
On My Photo Stories Site
Every photograph I've taken on this site has nourished me, like a bowl of soup.
From The Shop
Own this digital print and enjoy the timeless spirit of place in Stratford-Upon-Avon - birthplace of Shakespeare. This image is a constant reminder of architect Louis I. Kahn's words: “The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building.”
This is perhaps my favourite way of getting my files printed. I visited Quality Canvas Prints on Bury Market and sent the file via email.
From The Blog
I’m part way through a commission to photograph the cathedral at Ripon. Last week I was tasked with photographing the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. It has a screen that’s invigorating, designed by Leslie Durbin in 1970.
On My Coffee Table
📸This book is beautifully laid out with gorgeously evocative photography combined with lush text. A book to pander...
England ... it is sylvan, unpredictable, sublime, originative and contradictory - a land of eccentricity and ingenuity, a mix of worlds, practices and lifestyles all enriched and enlivened by an enthrallingly complex past.
Take the Slow Road: England and Wales: Inspirational Journeys Round England and Wales by Camper Van and Motorhome
Forget hurrying. Forget putting your foot down and racing through sweeping bends. Forget the understeer (whatever that is). Forget the blur of a life lived too fast. This is a look at taking life slowly.
In Heavy Time psychogeographer Sonia Overall takes to the old pilgrim roads, navigating a route from Canterbury to Walsingham via London and her home town of Ely.
““But you do want to find thin places: pockets in the landscape where the membrane is so tightly stretched that other worlds might shine through“ @SoniaOverall in her book: Heavy Time (Beautiful Words)”
From The Charo's
Phoenix at Coventry: The Building of a Cathedral, Basil Spence
🏛 This book was bought in a charity shop in Cambridge. It came with two postcards of the cathedral from the 1960's. Also a cut out obituary of the artist Steven Sykes (angel mosaic in the Gethsemane Chapel) and also a cut out from the Church Times 18 Oct 1996 - a review of the book: Coventry Cathedral: Art and architecture in post-war Britain. You always get something more with a 2nd hand book. The book itself (if written today) would be a best seller amongst architecture circles - Basil Spence writes poetically about his journey through the process of designing and building a cathedral - how rare is that?
🚐📸 Mostly in North Wales this week with visits to Llangollen, The Rhug Estate, Corwen and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
“Llangollen today #Wales”
Renowned for the spectacular scenery, Llangollen has something for every visitor. It has an astonishing range of cafés, bars, hotels, restaurants, guest houses, B&Bs, cottages, campsites, independent shops to browse and interesting places to visit.
Welcome to Award-Winning, North Wales Rhug Estate Organic Farm - Producing, Organic Beef, Organic Lamb & Organic Poultry & Preserves online & instore.
🚐 I was told that Corwen means White Choir - it has strong links with Owain Gwynedd. Well worth stopping off - park up in the car park at the back of the street. Take a walk through the lych gate and check out the church and historic church yard. Coffee from Yum Yums.
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
🚐 I've driven up and down past The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on many occasions and never turned off to see it. Wow. It's a remarkable site with easy parking and lots of activities. I took a walk down to the river and took this shot with my iPhone. Had a sandwich and cuppa at the The Pontcysyllte Chapel Tea Rooms - which has a delightful historic interior.
4-5 Sep: On the anniversary weekend of the opening of the Museum, we will spend a weekend focussing on the buildings at the heart of the Museum collection
24 Sep: Heritage Trust Network presents High Street Regeneration: Finding the Right Strategy - Friday, 24 September 2021 at The Salthouse, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. Find event and ticket information.
These tins - an ongoing series - are the artist's rest-of-life response to a sudden near-death experience: an arterial haemorrhage that happened at home on a quiet afternoon just days after the birth of her first child.
Blyth spirit: a car-free break along the coast of Northumberland | Northumberland holidays | The Guardian
Taking in beaches, castles, historic houses and wildlife, this bus-based trip from Blyth via Ashington is a shore-fire winner
Countries around the world are putting out the welcome mat for digital nomads. Here's the latest.
Create Communities Online mapping platform for community engagement Create Communities is a new way to engage with individuals and communities simply, easily and effectively.
Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson recalls his ascent of Skellig Michael.
Wild swimming enthusiast Alice Roberts examines the legacy of Waterlog by Roger Deakin.
Andy Marshall on Twitter: "Every time I visit mum, I’m always confounded at the random stuff she gives me when I leave… "
“Every time I visit mum, I’m always confounded at the random stuff she gives me when I leave”