Sunday, 26 February 2012

spring!, long winter, ageing, john nash, tyres-some

Amazing morning!

Had breakfast with the door to the garden open, after a lovely cycle ride through west Oxfordshire.

Got up early because I have a lot of work to do, writing up comments on assignments. Loved seeing how soon the daylight came--well before seven. And the evenings are light at six still. This last winter shouldn't have seemed so long (the 2010/11 one was way harsher) but it did to me. I think I aged several years.

But on a day like today, all is forgotten.

Photographed the patch of snowdrops in Black Bourton, the neighbouring village, and took the picture of the new ditch along the newly-laid hedge off Calcroft Lane (aka the Gated Road--the one without the gates) on my way home. The latter view made me think of John Nash's work. I spent many, many hours staring at the illustrations in John Nash: 'The delighted eye' by Allen Freer during the mid-to-late nineties and the early two-thousands. He is one of my favourite artists, if not my favourite. His views of often out-of-the-way corners of countryside, almost overlooked places, are magical and timeless.

Then there were the tyres along Calcroft Lane. Sad.

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