Song Shan Sunset

I’ve been away for over two weeks and the novelty is starting to wear off. Although I consider myself a sociable person, spending every waking hour in company, however good, starts to grate and I find myself taking bathroom breaks simply to get some time to myself. Saturday afternoon afforded me an hour and a […]

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Stourhead Revisited

  “We reached Stourhead at 3 o’clock. By that time the sun had penetrated the mist, and was gauzy and humid ….. Never do I remember such a Claude-like, idyllic beauty here. See Stourhead and die.” James Lees-Milne, May 1947   It is incredible to think 20 years have elapsed since I last visited Stourhead. […]

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Rare Beauty – Hangzhou West Lake

And so, on the penultimate day of my business trip, I finally found somewhere of genuine beauty in China. This vast country sometimes feels so wedded to progress that history survives at best as a pastiche, at worst not at all. However the West Lake in Hangzhou appears to have survived relatively unblemished, becoming a […]

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