As the days draw longer, I enjoy my evening walk more. On Monday I strolled along the edge of Cymbeline Meadows towards the sunset, to catch sight of the moon, waxing crescent as it rose. I respect the older trees; here long before me, here long after me, their constancy reassures me.
The Old Inn, Mullion, a 16th-century thatched inn on The Lizard, mainland Britain's most southerly point. Dog-friendly, book-friendly, with a warm welcome, large portions of food and a good selection of drinks - what more could you want on a blustery January day? They have rooms, too, if you can't tear yourself (or your dogs) … Continue reading A Well-Read Pub
One of my favourite buildings, St. Paul's Cathedral, in one of my favourite places, the City of London. Ground level pictures were taken on 12 July from Paternoster Square, the elevated shots on 24 July from Madison on the rooftop terrace at One New Change. Even in extreme summer heat, some places always keep their … Continue reading High and Low
Tuesday evening on the University of Essex campus, at Wivenhoe House, before going in for dinner. In 1759, Thomas Reynolds was commissioned by Isaac Rebow to build this, now Grade II listed, property. Later, in 1816, Rebow's descendant, Major-General Francis Slater Rebow commissioned John Constable to paint the house and grounds. That painting became part … Continue reading Tuesday Evening
On what was then the hottest day of the year, Easter Saturday, I was in Paris. And I was wondering why. There were travel advisories as a result of the heat generated by both the weather and a renewed vigour to the gilets jaunes protests. Their feelings of economic injustice had been fuelled by flash-funding … Continue reading Wall to Wall
On Easter Saturday, walking through Paris, I stopped for an iced drink at a cafe on Square Maurice Gardette. The idea had been to sit in the Square itself, but another day of civil unrest meant that it remained unopened. However, I was heartened to see young children squeeze through the railings and two amorous … Continue reading Desperately Seeking Lily
Leaving Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and arriving at London Gatwick airport early on Easter Sunday.