Wednesday, 21 October 2009

...a quirk of English people.

"To English people, Europe functions as a strange alternative universe. English people tend to choose a European country to express the suppressed part of their personality. So people who would like to be more arty and passionate become obsessed with Italy. People who'd like to be more intellectual and sophisticated become obsessed with France. The obsession with Spain has to do with feeling that at heart you're really a let-your-hair-down type of person. And this is, of course, so antithetical to the character of Vivian. She's absolutely the perfect person to be obsessed with Spain. In my mind, her obsession is very true to life as a quirk of English people."
Rachel Cusk's "In the Fold"

Rachel Cusk is regarded as one of Britain's most brilliant young writers. 
Her life has been a tortuous journey through an isolated, illness-plagued childhood, a failed first marriage and a personal battle for independence. Rachel was born in 1967 to English Catholic parents in Canada, the second of four children.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Weekend, Blandford Forum

The town sits in the beautiful Dorset countryside. Blandford Forum was built on the River Stour and unfortunately had to be rebuilt in 1731 after a great fire destroyed the majority of the town centre. The Bastard bothers were brought in to rebuild it which then took a further thirty years. Because of this Blandford Forum has become one of the very best preserved Georigian towns in the entire country. The market place still stands in the town centre, just as it has for over two hundred years.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

View From My Windows.

I am blessed with wonderful views from my windows on all sides.
Мне повезло- я могу видеть чудную картинку из любого моего окна.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Short trip: West Creech Hill.

I made use of the excellent weather today and visited the viewpoint on West Creech Hill.
Creech is surely one of Dorset’s most distinctive landmarks.
On the clearest days views open up in all directions: to Wareham with its church and the masts of the yachts on the Frome, across the Harbour to Poole and the glittering tower blocks of Bournemouth beyond, over the heathland to the west towards Lulworth, and to the east over Nine Barrow Down to the wide sweep of Swanage Bay.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Weekend. Red October: field of poppies.

Indian summer brings out the poppies the late flowering in a field near Shaftesbury, in north Dorset.

Бабье лето приподнесло сюрприз в виде поля цветущего мака вблизи Shaftesbury, в Северном Dorset.

Saturday, 3 October 2009