Thursday, 3 June 2010


Posted by Tania Kindersley.

There are days when only Yeats will do:


Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with the golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and half-light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

I have spread my dreams beneath your feet;

Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.


Also, this line:

O love is a crooked thing,

There is nobody wise enough

To find out all that is in it.


And this:

I have looked upon those brilliant creatures

And now my heart is sore.


And, always, the terrible beauty and the pilgrim soul, which come in quite different poems, but seem to me to be connected by a slender, pulling thread.


And sometimes, everyone needs something pretty on which to rest their eyes:







And, finally, everything green in the whole world, or at least the small patch of it outside my front door:



  1. Dear Tania,

    My husband gave me a copy of your wonderful book for Christmas - which led me to your blog (which I now link to from mine) Reading this and other posts and admiring the photos, I can't help thinking that you have found/made your very own 'Lake Isle of Innisfree'.

  2. Just right, thank you x

  3. Thank you Tania for your wonderful posts.

  4. You've reminded me again just how much I love Yeats. Wonderful. Hope all's good with you. Scotland is looking beautiful in your pictures xx

  5. Perfect, thank you Tania.
    Your photos continue to be beautiful, and make me miss Scotland at this time of year. It's all very pretty down here in the Home Counties, but the green and the light just aren't the same.

  6. That made me sigh a happy sigh. :-) Incredible, considering the current weather in Sydney. Tania, thanks for the recs for Simon Blackburn - I've gotten my greedy paws on Think and Being Good and I can't wait to start. Thanks!

  7. Incredibly perfect post! Thank you for stopping by my blog, I am so happy to have found you!

    I was so excited to hear that you know someone who actually owns an Ann Carrington (and knows her), I think I would stare at it all day long!

    ~Can't wait to read your book!

    Have a lovely weekend!
    xoxo Beth


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