Posts Tagged ‘Gardens’

VLlogo When my online persona of the Victorian Librarian, created while I was researching the Pre-Raphaelites’ use of libraries, began to assume a life of her own in the real world, it seemed time to create a logo to use on my forthcoming website, in letterheads, as a watermark (as will appear on all pages of my Chartership portfolio, which is almost complete), and on business cards (to be printed once the website is operational).

I have some very talented friends, and it was to one of these I turned to design my logo – Lora Jones. The image that you see above is the wonderful fruit of her labours. While the “VL” monogram on the open vellum pages of a book should be clear enough, the choice of floral iconography are almost certainly less so. Thus today’s Medieval Monday begins my more in-depth study of the medieval meanings and uses of the iris and the bluebell, two of my favourite flowers. (more…)

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Monet's waterlilies in the rain, Giverny

Monet’s waterlilies in the rain, Giverny

I started this post during the second week of my tour of Normandy and Brittany, hence the lack of regular blogging. But I never got round to finishing it – evenings have been taken up with, in this order, local food, local drink, and local lack of wifi (“weefee” in French, which just sounds so much better than wifi). Here is a random selection of photos from my adventures so far. (more…)

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On Saturday, I had a family trip out to London’s lovely Garden Museum, next to Lambeth Palace. It was great timing – the Gardens and Fashion: Spring/Summer-Autumn/Winter exhibition was finishing the following day. The exhibition proper was contained in a single room, comparatively small, if you are used to “blockbuster exhibitions”, but so rich in details that I could have spent at least an hour there luxuriating in the minutiae, had I been alone. There will be another post on the exhibition, in more detail, soon. (more…)

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Some friends from home arrived today for a long weekend, the last weekend before Scottish children begin another school year. It’s great to have them here, but we’re not planning to run around exhausting all things touristy, rather having a relaxed and relaxing few days. Perhaps something as in the image below, albeit with less millinery and hoops.

Au Jardin de Luxembourg,  Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1883, oil on canvas, private collection (via Bridgeman Education Library)

Au Jardin de Luxembourg, Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1883, oil on canvas, private collection (via Bridgeman Education Library)

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Today’s “Medieval Monday” post needs must be brief. I have spent a lovely long weekend with family and friends, and don’t want to spend the last few hours thereof before I depart sitting at the computer. Happily, I managed to get some inspiration for this post from a fascinating visit to the Amazing Amber exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. We learned that, in Scottish folk tradition, it was believed that amber had magical powers of protection. “Lammer” (from the French l’ambre) beads were worn as charms against illness. It also seems to have been considered as protection against witches.

Egerton 747 f. 51 Moly, Amber, and Laudanum, from the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

But amber has not just been a friend to my people. Today’s exhibition mentioned amber in Italy, Norway, and the Balkans, to give just a few examples. It even seems that Canada has the amber most suited, in chronological terms, to actually making Jurassic Park’s use thereof credible. The British Library’s Tractatus de herbis (Herbal); De Simplici Medicina ; Circa instans; Antidotarium Nicolai, by Bartholomaei Mini de Senis, Platearius, and Nicolaus of Salerno, includes on f.51 (see the image to the left of this text) a picture of amber resin on the tree. I’ve always loved medieval herbals, for the beauty of their illustrations and the wealth of information which they can bring to bear on even the slimmest of medieval texts. Amazing Amber may be my way back into that aspect of medieval research, along with my ongoing reading of medieval gardens.

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La Belle Iseult, by William Morris (1858, oil on canvas, Tate Britain ; image via BBC Your Paintings)

I began the Victorian Vendredi series last week with a teaser for this week’s post. That teaser was the painting you see now to the right William Morris’s only completed painting, the model being Jane Burden, who later became his wife. On the reverse of the canvas, he wrote to her

I cannot paint you, but I love you


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Engraving by F. O. C. Darley (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Today, #Reverb12 evokes one of my favourite fairytales, Aladdin, by asking us to make three wishes for next year. The first two were easy, while the third took some time, but I present them here for your delight and delectation: (more…)

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