Romantics at Tate Britain

118Yes, it’s Hadleigh Castle yet again! It’s an old slide scan and, unlike last time, there’s no snow to be seen. This time it’s here because one of Constable’s paintings of the castle is featured in the Romantics exhibition currently on at the Tate Britain.

The word romantic, in this context, has a particular definition that has nothing to do with romance as we might think of it now – it’s not about Valentine’s Day and roses. It seems to have been a reaction against the rationalism of the age of enlightenment; a celebration of emotion and feeling over scientific reason. Read More…

There goes the week…

113114There goes the week… about five or six inches of snow and the schools will be closed, traffic will be disrupted and general chaos will reign until it’s completely thawed.

The snow started here last night, and I was a little concerned about my train home from London after a day out. It seems that a snowflake on the line is often enough to lead to cancellations, but on this occasion I was lucky. The snow was falling heavily by the time I went to bed and I woke up to a surprisingly thick covering.

It was time to dig the camera out and go for a walk. I decided to travel light and only take the compact. Getting the car out wasn’t an option so I was restricted to a stroll around town. Even that was heavy going, as the snow was deep enough to make walking difficult without chancing the road. There was almost no traffic, but the roads were very icy and not much better than the pavements for walking. Read More…