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The Wallace Collection

Last morning in London – and what a perfect day to leave, it’s grey and pouring with rain – of course. Went for one last gallery hop to the Wallace Collection, a beyond fabulous mansion packed with  treasure – masterpiece paintings from the Middle Ages on, furniture, illustrated manuscripts, snuff boxes, armour, on and on. And on. Let me say one last time – overwhelming. But beautiful, and like all museums in this wonderful city, completely free. And on the morning of Easter Sunday, almost empty.

This is called a clock.

 This is called a filing cabinet.

 A Sevres box.

Rembrandt’s tender portrait of his son Titus.

Amazing to see works I’ve known all my life hanging there on the wall – the Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals

and the winsome Miss Bowles by Sir Joshua Reynolds, among others.

A poster announcing the sale of the contents of the Petit Trianon palace after the Revolution

Marie-Antoinette’s writing desk. A lot like mine, really. Mine has more paper on it.

I will never look at another painting or beautiful thing in my life. I’m full now. Thank you, Europe.

And now to pack and get to Heathrow in the rain, for a flight that leaves at 6.00 pm and so lands at 3 in the morning my time. Fun!

Only joking about beautiful things, of course. But not for some time, I need to cleanse my palate. Speaking of beautiful things, however, it’s time to turn my attention to … my garden.



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I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

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