Al mio cantuccio, donde non sento
se non le reste brusir del grano....
This is my corner, from where I can hear even the brushing of the wheat...
Canti di Castelvecchio no 41
Giovanni Pascoli (1855-1912)
Chair in Barga beneath the cathedral campanile (bell tower) with a grand view of the Alpi Apuae, painted with lines from the one of the poet’s Songs of Castelvecchio, the town nearby in the Serchio valley below where he spent many happy years. I’ve quoted just the first line of the poem “L’ora di Barga”.
A later afternoon storm over the South Downs: this is Bishopstone, viewed from Seaford in Sussex. This view of the isolated hamlet of Bishopstone amidst the patchwork pattern of fields and dusty chalk tracks is protected as part of the South Downs National Park.
Eastenders in London’s Bethnal Green Road. Not as in the TV series and not as in Oliver Twist. Sometimes seen as invaded by the “Contemporary Bourgeoisie”, others regard the area as the centre of the Contemporary Arts scene.