The beautiful and essential art of the ‘useless’

  There is a lot of pressure on us these days to be 'extraordinary' and to get the best from ourselves. But what does this actually mean? It suggests that we should constantly be striving to be better, with the implication that we should be aiming to be in a different place from the one [...]


“Snow is exhilarating”

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." ~ John Ruskin I wonder if folk who live in places which are regularly and deeply snowy get bored of it - contempt breeds familiarity and all [...]

“Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness.”*

I have been writing in my latest posts about our recent trip to Paris and our immersion in sumptuous and gorgeous art. I have one more arty offering for you. Brace yourselves...! It was our good fortune to be in Paris at the same time as the various exhibitions featured in my previous posts. And [...]