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January 21, 2016


How very beautiful. That trellis is a found work of art: from history and thoughtful pondering to peaceful near-abstraction.

A familiar view or two! Lovely photos. I've visited Penn's grave in England. It seemed strange, somehow, to "find" him there in Chalfont St. Giles. One thinks of him as "an American."

This is very peaceful.

I love these photos, Beth, especially the top one with that marvellous view out of the window. I want to walk through that gate! There's something very Quaker about these pictures,spare, strong, honest and uncompromising.

Jean, thank you. I was so struck with that trellis - it's outstretched arms, the plant that could be dead, or simply awaiting resurrection in the spring, against the beauty of the stuccoed wall. I'm glad the arc of the post ended for you with near-abstraction because it did for me too!

D: thank you, I'm glad to know you visited Penn's grave - another point of connection for me.

Hattie - yes, it's a very peaceful place.

Natalie, thanks. Most of these photos were taken in a retirement community run by the Quakers, and there are many old buildings on the site as well as newer ones, including the place I was staying. The landscape there informs the thought, it seems to me.

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