Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Days by Philip Larkin

What are days for?
Days are where we live.   
They come, they wake us   
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:   
Where can we live but days?

Ah, solving that question
Brings the priest and the doctor   
In their long coats
Running over the fields.

I really like the visual this image conveys, a priest and a shrink, running full pelt across a filed to answer life's questions for you 


Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Disappointed love- Francis Danby

The great forest by Fire Dude wraith

Forge Valley- John Atkinson Grimshaw

All pics from Tumblr and Pinterest


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Viktor Vasnetsov: Part One

Sirin and Alkonost

Prince Ivan riding grey wolf

God of Sabaoath

Knight at the crossroads

Last days of Metropolitan Nicholas

Russian painter from the turn of the century, Viktor Vasetsov.

The vibrancy captures the mythology and moments so well.

Which is why this is a part one post!

Pics from Tumblr, Pinterest and Wikiart


Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Arrow and the Song: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I shot an arrow into the air, 
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow in its flight. 

I breathed a song into the air, 
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.

Pics from Pinterest


Emu War: Genuine Australian history

Now see, if we learnt about history like THIS! in class, Aussie kids wouldn't complain (as loudly perhaps) that our history is boring. I realise this is a rite of passage to every child in every history class that didn't want to be there, but history is so much fun and so full of hilarity, sadness, practicality, error, triumph, failure= teaching us we're ultimately human!

The old wikipedia entry clearly had a sense of humour, listing 'dignity' as a casualty also ;)

Shows like QI and YouTube channels such as CrashCourse I believe are turning history around, making it accessible and fun, not ties up in the perceived world of stuffy academics.

As a history nut, I will stop here or I will never shut up

Pictures are from Tumblr


Saturday, December 6, 2014

There is magic in our world

And it exists in places and moments



Fermette Marbeuf link here

Pics from National Geographic, link above and Green Renaissance


Art from everywhere

Rovina Cai

Gustav Klimt pre-painting run through

Kevin Sloan


Anton Vill, above and below

A Fenrir: not sure who this picture is by

Rune Christensen

Man Ray

William Mortenson

Travis Bedel


All from Juxtapoz magazine, Berlin artparasites, Dazed and Confused and Pinterest



One of my favourite blogs ever to exist, 10.17 captures the beauty in films, books and moments so well. The photography on the blog is great, all the recommendations are great, a glimpse into sublime combinations, the 10.17 Tumblr is one I constantly peruse!

Pics from 10.17, as linked above


Audrey Hepburn

In a magazine editorial

and in a supermarket with her pet deer, Ip.

Pics from Pinterest



The Poets cafe up amongst the mountains just out of Brisbane was delightful, a really wonderful view, lovely food and it captured the European cafe experience perfectly, more about it here

Thirsty Roses...

Springbank Island, in the middle of Lake Burley-Griffin is stunning, on approach it looks like fairies and dragons live there, floating across in our little boat with my furry friends with us- a day well spent. If you live in Canberra, I thoroughly recommend checking this little Island out, slice of bliss and peace :)

Watched the sunrise, welcomed by birdcalls, swans and magnificent panoramic views