Monday, July 29, 2013

The Peace of 'Manderley'

'M A N D E R L E Y'

The peace of Manderley.  The quietude and the grace.  Whoever lived within its walls, whatever trouble there was and strife, however much uneasiness and pain, no matter what tears were shed, what sorrows born, the peace of Manderley could not be broken or the loveliness destroyed.  

Photo: Tumblr

Photo: Tumblr

Narborough Hall, Norfolk.  Photo: Classical Britain

The flowers that died would bloom again another year, the same birds build their nests, the same trees blossom.  That old quiet moss smll would linger in the air, and bees would come, and crickets, and herons build their nests in the deep dark woods.  

Macclesfield Forest, England. Photo: Tumblr

The butterflies would dance their merry jig across the lawns, and spiders spin foggy webs, and small startled rabbits who had no business to come trespassing poke their faces through the crowded shrubs.  

Iford Manor, Wiltshire.  Photo: Flickr

Photo: Beverly McCandless

Barnsley House.  Photo:

There would be lilac, and honeysuckle still, and the white magnolia buds unfolding slow and tight beneath the dining-room window.  

Mount Grace Priory, North Yorkshire.  Photo: Tumblr

No one would ever hurt Manderley.  It would lie always in its hollow like an enchanted thing, guarded by the woods, safe, secure, while the sea broke and ran and came again in the little shingle bays below.

Harlyn Bay, Cornwall.  Photo: Flickr
Belton House.  Photo: Classical Britain


Text from Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier.


Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire.  Photo: Classical Britain

Saturday, July 20, 2013

ritual: time spent with friends

Images that reflect the pleasures of socializing with friends at home, at a back-yard bar-b-q, or while enjoying other leisure pursuits.  Among the illustrators featured here, Haddon Sundblom and Douglass Crockwell used such convivial scenarios in their work for various advertising campaigns.  I have tried to credit the image source where possible.  

Time is always well spent with friends.

Douglass Crockwell - source: Plan59


Après-ski.  Source: Pinterest

At the lake.  1955.  Source: Pinterest

Bar-B-Q.  Source: Pinterest


Douglass Crockwell.  Source: Plan59


Haddon Sundblom - source: Plan59

Haddon Sundblom - source: Plan59

Haddon Sundblom - source: Plan59

Housewarming.  Source: MissBettysAttic

Kitchen snack.  Source:

Leisure.  Source:

Schlitzerland.  Source:

Stevan Dohanos, 1948.  Source:

Source: EnvisioningTheAmericanDream

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Classic Cat-a-Day: February 16, 2013 - Fred Astaire

Classic Cat a Day


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dancer extraordinaire, Fred Astaire, fingers the Siamese.


Favorite Fred Astaire movies: Dancing Lady (1933), Flying Down to Rio (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Roberta (1935), Top Hat (1935),  Follow the Fleet (1936), Swing Time (1936), Shall We Dance (1937), A Damsel in Distress (1937), Carefree (1938), The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), You Were Never Lovelier (1942), The Band Wagon (1953), Daddy Long Legs (1955), Funny Face (1957), On the Beach (1959), The Pleasure of His Company (1961), The Towering Inferno (1974), Ghost Story (1981)