Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Charleston and the Bloomsbury group

 I was here in May. How can ever forget this visit? A humble farmhouse in Sussex, England, the only one left with the memories of having been lived in by the Bloomsbury group. Who were they? They were a group of people, artists and writers, who lived in various homes in the Bloomsbury district of London while at the same time had various country homes. Charleston was one of them. The artists, Vanessa Bell (sister of author Virginia Woolf) and her gay partner, Duncan Grant lived and painted. The house still retained traces of their work. It was restored by the Charleston trust and now is opened to the public.

 A painting of the Bloomsbury group. They met in various homes, talked, partied and worked, married each other, traveled together and their friendship lasted to the end of their individual lives. It is so remarkable and inspiring.
While photography are not allowed inside the house, I was able to scan some pictures of the interiors from various books.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Old Jaffa

A few miles south of Tel Aviv, a predominantly Arab neighborhood. Everyone wants peace.

Friday, August 08, 2014

English churches

I love English churches, they always have an old cemetery next to them. This one, notwithstanding. I went in to pray and am waiting for my prayers to be answered.

Monday, August 04, 2014


I love clematis but we don't see any here in Southern California. So I did go goo goo gaga over this clematis climbing on the house wall.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Ice cream

There's always time for ice cream even on a time packed coach tour and even when it is raining. I never pass up clotted cream ice cream when I'm in England. So good.

Friday, August 01, 2014

French therapy

Work is hellish at the moment. I need to go to France, I need to go to Paris. I need some Paris therapy. I need to eat some fromage blanc.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gateau Basque

I think I'm going to make this for my next get together. This was in Bayonne, France a few years ago.