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"Jurassic View - The Quiraing, Skye, Scotland" © by Ian Cameron

Thanks, johnshaven (Alison)!


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© by Lelik Francuz

The best way of curing insomnia that I know!

Thanks to (of course) johnshaven (Alison) for this one.



"Island Rocker" by the Cape Cod artist Thomas B. Higham (my kind of place - thanks, johnshaven (Alison))

This cartoon (not from the book club) was snaffled gratefully from Johnshaven (Alison), whose pages are another great place to go if you like reading










For bookworms...

[The Guardian Book Club]
[Alison's book posts]
[Brian's Place - The Book Corner]





"Rainy Clouds"


"From Hillhead"


"Feeding the Birds"


"Birch and Snow"

Some wonderful Scottish contemporary art by David Body, discovered for me (as she does so often) by Johnshaven (Alison)


  • 29th May 2013:

  • Sadly (from our point of view) Alison has withdrawn from blogging now, but I featured her many times here on my own blog, and if you click the johnshaven tag above (or go here) you will still see some of her delightful output.



It's a long time since I read a book as enjoyable as this one. Its style reminds me of Helene Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road, being told as a series of spirited letters and involving a love of books. Its scope is wider, though, with a much larger cast and a much bigger main story, namely the occupation of the island of Guernsey by the Germans in WWII.

Like most of its readers (who in some way become honorary members of the Society), I fell in love with the characters and didn't want the book to end.

Thanks so much to Alison for this recommendation... and if you like reading, check out all of Alison's book-related posts which you will find here (I like people who use tags!).


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"Imagination" by syncaidia, a great image of childhood and the joys of reading

Thanks to my friend Alison for tracking down the artist for me!


If you like this...

[My books page]



"The House on the Hill" by Barry Hilton - gratefully snaffled from Alison



"Golden Glow"


"Winter Stream"

Some wonderful paintings of New England by Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886-1972)

From the page:

Landscape artist Aldro Thompson Hibbard discovered the state of Vermont when he was a young man, and his subject matter never strayed far from winter scenes for the next half century.

Much of his work depicts Vermont's covered bridges, ox teams, sugar houses and towns tucked down in snowy mountains. Hibbard consistently drew inspiration from winter landscapes--boats abandoned on the shoreline and waiting for the spring thaw, people bundled in wool and cutting ice from a frozen river.

Aldro Hibbard is also known for landscape paintings done around his home in Rockford, Massachusetts, along the New England coastline, and in the Canadian Rockies. He produced a large body of work during a long career, much of it concerned with sensitivity to light and shadow...


Thanks to my friends Alison and Eftychia for introducing me to this artist.



“St Giles in the Rain” by Francis Hamel

A place that brings back many memories for me. The Eagle & Child pub (AKA The Bird & Baby) on St Giles was the hangout of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis among others, who created many memories for many people.


"Farm by Stream and Bamboo Grove" by S. Ishida

One of many pre-war Japanese watercolours at this excellent site - thanks, Alison!











Wonderfully artistic photography by August Bradley


A small excerpt from the excellent biographical details for August Bradley provided on this site:

"I was increasingly drawn to crafting scenes out of my imagination," Bradley explains of his early transition from adventure and sports photography to a more fantastical subject matter. "I wanted to create stories, rather than capture events unfolding before me. I've always been a big reader, and I've found that there's every bit as much truth and insight in the best literary fiction as in nonfiction works. I try to bring a literary sensibility to my graphic images. My work has been influenced as much by authors such as Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace as by any photographer."

If you're familiar with the works of Pynchon and Wallace, then you expect a densely nuanced twist on the typical photographic fare. Sure enough, Bradley's images are often surreal and conceptual--as much illustrations as photographs...


Thanks again to my friend Alison for introducing me to this great photographer.




"Weeding the Garden", by Todd Reifers

Another gorgeous painting gratefully swiped from the wonderful pages of my friend johnshaven (Alison)!