The Forgotten English Vision in the Garden – inspiration from Medieval Mary

  Photograph copyright G.Plumb, Virgin and Child in a Hortus Conclusus, Eaton Bishop A young girl in a garden, surrounded by high walls. A strange idea came upon me last year to track down images of the Virgin Mary as depicted in stained glass. This forgotten English vision of Our Lady in a ‘hortus conclusus’, […]

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Time to go Star Gazing…

A postscript: I’ve just been sent a press release for a star gazing package at La Samanna in the West Indies. http://www.lasamanna.com/web/omar/packages.jsp What a perfect experience for a honeymoon. La Samanna is one of the Orient Express hotels, so I think you can take it as read that it will be utterly fabulous, even though I haven’t […]

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A Visit to a Magic Island

You might be forgiven for thinking Song Saa doesn’t exist.Floating secretly off the undeveloped coast of Koh Rong, Cambodia, it is as if your subconscious dreamt a very lovely dream and it actually came true.Upon arriving at Sihanoukville our driver spent a good while hunting for the boat before eventually handing us over to a sleek speedboat […]

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Come into the Garden of Ninfa…

Some say it is the most romantic garden in the world. The strange, lost, paradisical garden of Ninfa. Once a Medieval village that was deserted and has remained a ruin so well preserved that it gives a perfect idea of how a Medieval Italian village would have been. Since then it has been transformed into […]

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Bride the Celtic Goddess

I was very intrigued to read last night that Bride was the ancient Celtic goddess of the land, said to travel across the landscape on February 1st, visiting people’s homes and bringing them blessings. ‘Gifts were left out for her beside the family hearth and the family would pray for her to visit them and […]

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