Friday, 15 October 2010

Saturday 2 October 2010: An Afternoon in Oxford

"[Oxford] whispering from her towers the last enchantments of the Middle Age . . . Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!"
Matthew Arnold (English Victorian Poet and Critic of Literacy and Society. 1822-1888)

On this Saturday afternoon we decided to visit the Ashmolean in Oxford for the Pre-Raphaelites and Italy temporary exhibition. It was, needless to say, fabulous with some incredible drawings by Ruskin. The entire day was a bit like walking into a fantasy world as the sun was bright and shining while practically everywhere else in Britain was being rained upon. Matthew Arnold called Oxford the "city of dreaming spires". To me Oxford seems bathed in a spectacular golden light. Although, the photo I chose to blip doesn't demonstrate this very well.

As we were rushing to the museum, I turned to look behind me and saw this image which I very quickly snapped before continuing on. To me it looks like a moment captured from another time.

I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera.
William Butler Yeats

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Sunday 26 September 2010: A Walk in the Wood

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- John Muir

If you look for the truth outside yourself,
It gets farther and farther away.
Today walking alone, I meet it everywhere I step.
It is the same as me, yet I am not it.
Only if you understand it in this way
Will you merge with the way things are.
- Tung-Shan

More autumn explorations with my dog in and around Lancing Ring, West Sussex...

Thursday 23 September 2010: Head in the Clouds

A certain recluse, I know not who, once said that no bonds attached him to this life, and the only thing he would regret leaving was the sky.
Kenko Yoshida

The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I have fallen woefully behind on my daily photo journal... sigh...

However, here is another photo of sky and clouds and blue. It has more to say than I do at the moment...

Thursday, 7 October 2010

The Irish Mother: Easy Weeknight Meal: Chicken Enchiladas

The Irish Mother: Easy Weeknight Meal: Chicken Enchiladas: "I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol. ~ Steven WrightI admit that these might not pass as enchiladas in Mexico, or even Texas fo..."

I can't wait to try this!! R