Marrow-meltingly sweet

Marrow-meltingly sweet

Wish you as many doses of such sweetness as you need.  And what a stark contrast to another marrow-related triologism, from Jane Eyre. How sweet it all was, marrow-meltingly sweet!  Source: Louis Golding, Good-bye to Ithaca (London: Hutchinson, 1955), p....
Ink-blue water

Ink-blue water

As the logos on this website testify, I’m an ink-geek, and love inky similes.  Here is another one, about the sky rather than the sea.  A small breeze sent up a flurry over all the ink-blue water. Source: Louis Golding, Good-bye to Ithaca (London: Hutchinson,...
Hare-bell sea

Hare-bell sea

A lyrical description of the Greek island of Thera, bursting with flowers and trees, and all sloping down to a soft lilac-tinged blue sea. But there is a delicate order, too, imposed by tracery of asphodel and grape-hyacinth, purple mallow and coppery dandelion, by...
Brandy-ball eyes

Brandy-ball eyes

I like the ‘brandy-ball’ amber of this clever chap’s gaze, and his space-butting arrangements.  Enjoy another rather original description of a goat’s eyes, this one by Gavin Maxwell, or yet another, by Russell Hoban.  Do brandy-balls still...
Bee-buzzing hours

Bee-buzzing hours

Golding discovers ancient graffitti carved in the rocks of a Greek island, by long gone lovers.  Wishing you, as we move into late summer, many bee-buzzing hours.  Having planted swathes of lavender and sun-shine gaillardia, we are enjoying clouds of humming. Their...
Heart-drenching beauty

Heart-drenching beauty

From Nicolson’s superb book on Sissinghurst and his family’s relationship with it, including its transition to more public ownership.  He raises a wider concern, how to preserve beautiful places and buildings without losing their lived-in soul. While we...
Time-shrinking phrase

Time-shrinking phrase

A striking triologism for a phrase which arrests and compresses time, as indeed, Heaney’s does.  ‘… monsters that stalk the night, in Seamus Heaney’s time-shrinking phrase, ‘as a kind of dog-breath in the dark’. Source: Adam...
Ink-stained sky

Ink-stained sky

Yesterday a storm-front passed towards the lake (Léman) and France, and from our window, we saw its ‘ink-stained sky’. The new town spreads and sparkles beneath a crescent moon lodged in a swirling, ink-stained sky that Van Gogh might have painted. Source:...
Mist-mired horizontality

Mist-mired horizontality

A surprising dimension to flat lands in winter – that they appear all the more horizontal when swathed in mist. Also like that alliterative ‘mist-mired’. … the bleak, mist-mired horizontality of the Low Countries.Source: Justin Marozzi, The Man...
Sky-cracking chiaroscuro

Sky-cracking chiaroscuro

We’ve had a few rain-dousing days of storminess, and yesterday evening I enjoyed a sky-show of shifting banks of chiaroscuro cloud and light, as seen here in the Taygetus mountains. From the sludgy skies and twisting valleys of Thrace to the sky-cracking...
Sun-darkening arrows

Sun-darkening arrows

Describing the shower of arrows at Thermopylae falling so thick and fast that they blot out the sun’s light.  Leonidas, the Spartan king, fell with his men after a path around the pass they were defending was betrayed to the Persians.  But for that betrayal it...
Sky-reflecting lake

Sky-reflecting lake

From a marvelous history of a garden, the idea of lakes made by man simply to reflect the sky. Would Capability Brown have been brought in to dam the Hammer Brook and make a sky-reflecting lake in the valley? Source: Adam Nicolson, Sissinghurst: An unfinished history...

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