Last Afternoon in the Atlas Mountains

I had a bit of time yesterday afternoon to pick up my trusty Nikon 3100 camera and head out to the river near the guest house I was staying in in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to take some last photos before flying back to the UK today. So I did.

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In the Atlas Mountains

I’ve been in the village of Ouzoud in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco for the past 3 weeks — staying in a lovely guest house where I’ve got a room with a view of the olive trees and mountains. There’s a terrace just outside my bedroom door where I’ve set up my computer and drawing board on a white plastic garden table  in the shade, and I shuffle over to a lounger every now and then and have a lie down with a good book (The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert). There’s a a pretty mountain river a 5 minute walk away for afternoon swims. Am back to England on Monday, so am making the most of my last few days here.

Have a look at my Ouzoud world:


























A Day in the Charleston House Gardens i

I recently spent an idyllic English summer day at Charleston House in the rolling countryside of East Sussex, England doing some research for some workshops I’m giving there in October. The 17th century farmhouse was the home of the artist Vanessa Bell (Virginia Woolf’s elder sister) and her lover the artist Duncan Grant, as well as a fluid group of husbands,friends, lovers and children for first part of the 20th century. It was the country home of many of the Bloomsbury Group members, and in honour of its literary heritage it holds a major international literary festival there every spring.

But the thing that interests me the most about Charleston House are the delightful interiors where were designed and decorated over the years by Vanessa and Duncan in what has become know as the “Charleston Style”.  It’s all still there, repaired, conserved and looking as if Vanessa or Duncan might walk into the Garden Room with a cup of tea and a good book at any moment.

Duncan Grant's Studio (18)

But it was a lovely summer day, and after an afternoon exploring the house’s rooms and picture library, I headed out into the English garden to enjoy the warm sun, the chirps of the birds, and the scent of late summer flowers carried on the air by the warm breeze.

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Charleston House, Firle, East Sussex BN8 6LL