'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Thursday, 25 September 2008

My love affair with a certain blue.

In my garden I have a little patch of bluebells.  Each spring they remind me of the spectacular masses that grow in certain woods in England.  
I love blue in the garden, especially this purple-blue - that tricky colour that for centuries was unstable in artist's pigments, and obtainable only by using precious ground lapis lazuli.  

A couple of years ago I took this photo of the lovely pre-renaissance Madonna Voto with her wonderful lapis background in Siena Cathedral.  She has her own little Chigi capella (chapel) and is the favourite of the Sienese people. 

Ah, there's that blue again in the apex sky over the Duomo Siena bell tower.

I took the photos below of my children in West Woods near Marlborough, in 1996.


  1. Blue...here is a shell for you
    Inside you'll hear a sigh
    A foggy lullaby...

  2. Anonymous25.9.08

    I've loved purple since I was a child, but in the last few years I've started to really love any shade of blue.
    I love your pics.

  3. Songs are like tattoos you know. I think you've been crown and anchored by Joni, same as me YP.

    Nice to have a new visitor - welcome Vicki. Thanks!


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