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The beautiful Jane Morley from View from a French Hillside has nominated me to take part in a quote challenge, which requires three quotes over three days and the tagging of three other blogs each day. If you want to revel in glorious photography (available as greeting cards) taken in an around her French home, I can highly recommend a visit to her blog. There’s a tea room, and a boutique — Galerie de La Maison — attached should you find yourself in South West France!

Rose Macaulay

Rose Macaulay

My first quote is from the British writer Rose Macaulay [1881-1958] and is one that I stencilled in old gold around the petrol green wall of the bathroom in my second London flat. I say it to myself every time I look at the mess around me!


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“At the least, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.” Rose Macaulay


If you visit the artist Clive Hicks Jenkins’ blog, you will discover gorgeous photographs of the Macaulay family home in Wales which now belongs to Clive and his partner Peter.

Here are three lovely people with three lovely blogs I’m tagging for the challenge. Dear friends, if you are pressed for time, please don’t feel you have to take part.

  • Life in Russia — An American living in Russia cannot help but have a different perspective. We are fed so much manipulated rubbish about Russia that it is a breath of fresh air to read about the reality. Look out also for his beautiful re-telling of indigenous fairy tales.
  • Gigi of Rethinking Life is a hoot. She posts photographs of flowers and her beloved Chicago, ponders on the nature of politics and peace, and writes charming, life-affirming tales with some unexpected stings that gladden the heart.
  • Juli at juxtaposed skewers the appalling state of UK politics with her cutting verse and biting comment and is not to be missed.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Culture and Anarchy

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 Recently I read a review in the TLS of books on urban exploring, and I seem to keep coming across the idea that places which are decaying are significant and fascinating to us. I’ve also seen a lot of images on the web of deserted buildings which both preserve a moment in time and also represent the destruction of time – such as this deserted apartment. Sometimes a range of ideas come together and make us think about how they intersect, and this is what Tate Britain’s exhibition Ruin Lust does. Apparently the idea came from Rose Macaulay’s 1953 book The Pleasure of Ruins (sadly now out of print). The exhibition notes tell me that the term comes from the German ruinelust, and though the concept of a lust for ruins is appealing, encapsulating decay and destruction along with a somewhat seedy, voyeuristic interest, a recent discussion with curator…

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