The Arm Chair Traveller
As often I was up in Central London wondering about when I popped into Waterstones Piccadilly & saw a wide selection of books about walking. One for my list is Ramble on The story or our love for walking Britain by Sinclair McKay; another possible read ,Will Self’s Walking to Hollywood. I since discovered Walking to Hollywood was not a literal walk, but some kind of intellectual satire which left me baffled after a few pages and most defiantly not amused enough to labour through that. I attempted but gave up on after a few pages, it is written for a selective audience. Looking for inspiration I had waited a long time for the new Donna Tart Novel.
I’m in the depths The Goldfinch (not walking related) which may take some time to finish, but I am enjoying it so I will finish it first before starting anything new.
Inside the cover it has a beautiful cutting printed and pasted, it is a picture of a GoldFinch and sitting on a little bird table and has a very delicate gold chain tied around its ankle.
Donna tarts young character who has somehow acquired this original painting says of it.
“When I looked at the painting,I felt the same convergence on a single point: a flickering sun-struck instant that existed now and forever. Only occasionally did I notice the chain on the finch’s ankle, or think what a cruel life for a little living creature fluttering briefly, forced always to land in the same hopeless place”
It kills me that quote and I have to hope that the finch was only chained for the purpose of the painting and was then freed.! I have mentioned in other posts my hatred of cruelty to animals, and keeping birds in cages. It is akin to being a fit human being kept in a prison unable to leave.
The Goldfinch painting has now taking on a new lease of life. See below for more details.
Lets all try to spread our wings in 2014 and not be chained to convention.
KEEPING ON WALKING
At present I’m having a break from the canvassing work for Westminster Council and I am planning on researching some new walks. As always I will be taking some pics on my last two weeks around Belgravia and posting them.
I am awaiting news from a rambling friend out in Croatia at present. She made a lucky escape from the Storms and chaos of Christmas.
Hopefully she can inspire me with her tales when she returns! I have never been on a walking holiday as such, but it’s something I would like to do.
Best Wishes and Happy New Year 2014