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The Soul of the Rose

Given that the rose was named Gardeners' World Jubilee Flower earlier this month, Country Life's choice of Waterhouse's The Soul of the Rose for its cover, published just two days before, was somewhat prescient. Both pleased me immensely.

Metamorphosis

Perhaps you recall that earlier this year I told you that Mr Moore was really into cars, computers, cameras and synths. I fear I may have been guilty of misleading you into thinking that the full extent of his passions extend little further than beyond the parameters presented by motors, gizmos and gadgets. 

Yet nothing could be further than the truth . . .

The Sweet Scent of Summer

Passing by a lavender bush earlier this week whilst on my lunch break reminded me of a description I particularly love in a book called The Morville Hours by Katherine Swift.Swift's remarkable ability to blend historical fact with lyrical writing lends her work a rare quality and when I read the following paragraph my reaction was similar to that of eating a piece of top-notch dark chocolate . . .

This, being the season of epiphany, it seems apposite to share my own epiphanic moment. Although not quite falling within the life-changing 'Paul on the Road to Damascus' category, I don't think it would be an exaggeration to describe it as having enriched my life. It's also solved a particularly knotty mystery which has perplexed me for years, namely why people sit in art galleries for long periods of time staring at just one single painting . . .

I was in tears when I arrived at work this morning. Not, you understand, because of the prospect of the working day ahead, nor because of some fracas on the road. No, it was because I'd just heard an interview on the Radio 4 Today programme with Eva Kor, a survivor of Auschwitz . . .