Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Visions of paradise in Cornwall

Back home the gardens at Trebah are a subtropical paradise.  Huge trees of camellias and rhododendrons at their peak.
Just realised - and thinking back to Austria - there is a World War 2 link even here.
Part of the Allies' DD Landing Force left from the beach below these beautiful gardens.
My mother had a friend who lived on a farm nearby who got up in the night and saw the troops marching by on their way to Trebah. She can remember them looking up at her and smiling. How many never returned?

Reading and watching

  • Foot by Foot to Santiago de Compostela/Judy Foot
  • The Testament of Mary with Fiona Shaw at the Barbican
  • The Testament of Mary/Colm Toibin
  • Schwanengesang/Schubert - Tony Spence
  • Journals/Robert Falcon Scott
  • Fugitive Pieces/Ann Michaels
  • Unless/Carol Shields
  • Faust/Royal Opera House
  • The Art of Travel/Alain de Botton
  • Mad Men Series 6
  • A Week at The Airport/Alain de Botton
  • The Railway Man/Eric Lomax
  • Bright Lights, Big City/Jay McInerney
  • Stones of Venice/John Ruskin
  • The Sea, the Sea/Iris Murdoch
  • Childe Harold/Lord Byron
  • All The Pretty Horses/Cormac McCarthy
  • Extreme Rambling/Mark Thomas
  • Story of my Life/Jay McInerney
  • Venice Observed/Mary McCarthy