Two different bloggers have given me the Beautiful Blogger Award! Thank you very much indeed, Le Style et la Matière and It’s About Time.
This award entails posting seven things about oneself. I am fascinated by the age-old question as to what beauty actually is and how it works, so I thought I would show images of seven different kinds of beauty:
1. The beauty of imperfection. Portrait of a lady with scenes from Ovid in stumpwork, designed to cover a casket, at Fenton House, Hampstead. ©NTPL/Derrick E. Witty
2. The beauty of possibility. Miniature portrait of an unknown child by Isaac Oliver (1556?-1617) at Ham House, Surrey. ©NTPL/John Hammond
3. Exotic beauty. The 'China' garden at Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler
4. The beauty of incompleteness. Photograph of an unfinished hay rick near Kersoe, Worcestershire, by Edward Chambré Hardman, 1935. ©NT/E. Chambré Hardman Collection
5. The beauty of flux. Embleton Beach, Northumberland, with Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance. ©NTPL/Joe Cornish
6. Mysterious beauty. Detail of a door in the south front of Bateman's, East Sussex. ©NTPL/Rupert Truman
7. Aged beauty. Close-up of old machinery at the disused mine at Pool, near Redruth, Cornwall. ©NTPL/Paul Harris
To me these are all manifestations of the same elusive phenomenon, but I would be keen to hear from anyone about what these images say to you.
And finally, I have to hand the award on to up to seven other bloggers. I could certainly name seven beautiful blogs (see the links on the right), but I think we would find ourselves endlessly nominating each other, luvvies that we are.
So I will limit myself to awarding the one particular blog that inspired me to start this one, and from which I continue to learn. It is a blog that combines enjoyment with seriousness, breadth with depth, beauty with humour. It is, of course, Courtney Barnes’s Style Court.