Sunday, 10 December 2017


One loves women and countries that capture ones imagination. Life is mostly lived in the imagination, if you have one.


  1. 'What is time for?' Betjeman wrote to them in a letter. 'To make things as beautiful as possible, as you have.'

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  2. In November 1996, a young writer named William Blacker, planning to travel to the wilds of northern Romania, wrote to Patrick Leigh Fermor for advice. Fermor, then in his seventies, replied:

    Dear William — if I may make so bold —
    I can’t think of anything more exciting than your imminent prospect — and well done starting in winter. (a) You have the whole world to yourself, and (b) inhabitants never take summer visitors seriously. Winter is a sort of Rite of Passage. Do take down any songs or sayings, above all descantice — spells, incantations, invocations, etc. I bet Maramures is full of them. Also, as much wolf and bear lore as possible — and remember, never drink rainwater that has collected in a bear’s footprint, however thirsty.

    1. A charming anecdote, thanks for sharing.

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