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‘The Zig Zag Road’, oil on canvas 40cm x 75cm. This painting will be in Toby Wiggins forthcoming solo exhibition @aafineart Toby spent a month last October travelling around the Deep Mani in southern Greece. This is one of the extraordinary paintings he has since made of this beautiful, remote, arid part of Greece. #exhibition #soloshow #landscapepainting #modernbritishart #hampshire #gallery #leighfermor #art #contemporaryart #heat #zigzag #aafineart #light #colour #artofinstagram
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‘The Zig Zag Road’, oil on canvas 40cm x 75cm. This painting will be in Toby Wiggins forthcoming solo exhibition @aafineart Toby spent a month last October travelling around the Deep Mani in southern Greece. This is one of the extraordinary paintings he has since made of this beautiful, remote, arid part of Greece. #exhibition #soloshow #landscapepainting #modernbritishart #hampshire #gallery #leighfermor #art #contemporaryart #heat #zigzag #aafineart #light #colour #artofinstagram
Joan Leigh Fermor (1912 -  2003). An English photographer, and soulmate of author Patrick Leigh Fermor. "Sensual, somewhat aloof and deeply private", writes Simon Fenwick in her biography, a thrilling read. Her photos on display at Benaki museum : pure bliss. #joanleighfermor #photo #exhibition #athens #benaki #museum #black #white #staka #sfakia #samaria #gorge #lover #partner #paddy #leighfermor #owl #mani #nafplio #picoftheday #ig_athens #summer #joy #thankful
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Joan Leigh Fermor (1912 - 2003). An English photographer, and soulmate of author Patrick Leigh Fermor. "Sensual, somewhat aloof and deeply private", writes Simon Fenwick in her biography, a thrilling read. Her photos on display at Benaki museum : pure bliss. #joanleighfermor #photo #exhibition #athens #benaki #museum #black #white #staka #sfakia #samaria #gorge #lover #partner #paddy #leighfermor #owl #mani #nafplio #picoftheday #ig_athens #summer #joy #thankful
London, Thursday 1. Dave’s ‘treats’ (shortly to be part of his paint-making demo on Sunday) #cornelissens 2. My ‘wish list’ a full set of Lascaux etching mediums 3. ‘Ghika, Craxton and Leigh Fermer’ (reading the small print) #britishmuseum 4. Ghika 5 & 6 Craxton 7. Children’s work in response to the exhibition 8. Interesting small exhibition on how modern day Egypt uses its ancient artefacts to build its modern identity. #pigment #paintmaking #etching #printmaking #johncraxton #ghika #leighfermor
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London, Thursday 1. Dave’s ‘treats’ (shortly to be part of his paint-making demo on Sunday) #cornelissens 2. My ‘wish list’ a full set of Lascaux etching mediums 3. ‘Ghika, Craxton and Leigh Fermer’ (reading the small print) #britishmuseum 4. Ghika 5 & 6 Craxton 7. Children’s work in response to the exhibition 8. Interesting small exhibition on how modern day Egypt uses its ancient artefacts to build its modern identity. #pigment #paintmaking #etching #printmaking #johncraxton #ghika #leighfermor
“The whole world seems inside-out.”
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“One is prone to accept the idea of monastic life as a phenomenon that has always existed, and to dismiss it from the mind without further analysis or comment; only by living for a while in a monastery can one quite grasp its staggering difference from the ordinary life we lead. The two ways of life do not share a single attribute; and the thoughts, ambitions, sounds, light, time and mood that surround the inhabitants of a cloister are not only unlike anything to which one is accustomed to, but in some curious way, seem it’s exact reverse.”
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Patrick Leigh Fermor, I’ve learned, is a legend. He was one of those hyper-educated, hyper-competent British gentleman-adventurer sorts. Famous for, among other things, traversing Europe on foot when he was 18 and for capturing a German general on Crete in WWII. He was also, it turns out, an incredibly sensitive man and a gifted writer.
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A Time to Keep Silence is a meditative account of his time spent as a guest in Benedictine and Cistercian abbeys in France. He introduces himself as a man not exactly faithful, but you would never guess it for his sheer amount of knowledge about the monastic life and for his sympathetic outlook. He is an incredible writer, so erudite and precise. The book is quite short at only about 90 pages, but it has the dense quality of poetry and doesn’t need to be any longer - although I would keep reading PLF for hundreds of pages more. He describes a monk “reading from a desk by the light of a lamp which hollowed a glowing alcove out of the penumbra.” He describes the Cistercian order in opposition to the Benedictines as “a workshop of intercession and a bitter cactus-land of expiation.” Cactus-land captures it all, he needs no other words. NYRB has published a number of his other books and they are high up on my wish list now.
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#patrickleighfermor #leighfermor #paddy #monks #monk #monastery #monasticism #benedictine #cistercian #catholic #books #reading #travelwriter #atimetokeepsilence #timetokeepsilence #nyrbclassics #nyrb #book #read #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #instabook #nonfiction
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“The whole world seems inside-out.”
.
“One is prone to accept the idea of monastic life as a phenomenon that has always existed, and to dismiss it from the mind without further analysis or comment; only by living for a while in a monastery can one quite grasp its staggering difference from the ordinary life we lead. The two ways of life do not share a single attribute; and the thoughts, ambitions, sounds, light, time and mood that surround the inhabitants of a cloister are not only unlike anything to which one is accustomed to, but in some curious way, seem it’s exact reverse.”
.
Patrick Leigh Fermor, I’ve learned, is a legend. He was one of those hyper-educated, hyper-competent British gentleman-adventurer sorts. Famous for, among other things, traversing Europe on foot when he was 18 and for capturing a German general on Crete in WWII. He was also, it turns out, an incredibly sensitive man and a gifted writer.
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A Time to Keep Silence is a meditative account of his time spent as a guest in Benedictine and Cistercian abbeys in France. He introduces himself as a man not exactly faithful, but you would never guess it for his sheer amount of knowledge about the monastic life and for his sympathetic outlook. He is an incredible writer, so erudite and precise. The book is quite short at only about 90 pages, but it has the dense quality of poetry and doesn’t need to be any longer - although I would keep reading PLF for hundreds of pages more. He describes a monk “reading from a desk by the light of a lamp which hollowed a glowing alcove out of the penumbra.” He describes the Cistercian order in opposition to the Benedictines as “a workshop of intercession and a bitter cactus-land of expiation.” Cactus-land captures it all, he needs no other words. NYRB has published a number of his other books and they are high up on my wish list now.
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#patrickleighfermor #leighfermor #paddy #monks #monk #monastery #monasticism #benedictine #cistercian #catholic #books #reading #travelwriter #atimetokeepsilence #timetokeepsilence #nyrbclassics #nyrb #book #read #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #instabook #nonfiction
Charmed Lives in Greece celebrates the close friendship of artists Niko Ghika, John Caxton and writer Patrick Leigh Fermor and their shared love of Greece. The art is stunning, the writing poetic and evocative, and the story of their relationships heartwarming. Loved it, go see!

Shown here Charmed Lives in Greece celebrates the close friendship of artists Niko Ghika, John Caxton and writer Patrick Leigh Fermor and their shared love of Greece. The art is stunning, the writing poetic and evocative and the story of their relationships heartwarming. Loved it, go see!

Shown here Caxton’s Fish Market, Poros, 1952 and Ghika’s Chairs and Tables By The Sea, 1948. 
#britishmuseum #art #friendship #caxton #ghika #leighfermor
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Charmed Lives in Greece celebrates the close friendship of artists Niko Ghika, John Caxton and writer Patrick Leigh Fermor and their shared love of Greece. The art is stunning, the writing poetic and evocative, and the story of their relationships heartwarming. Loved it, go see!

Shown here Charmed Lives in Greece celebrates the close friendship of artists Niko Ghika, John Caxton and writer Patrick Leigh Fermor and their shared love of Greece. The art is stunning, the writing poetic and evocative and the story of their relationships heartwarming. Loved it, go see!

Shown here Caxton’s Fish Market, Poros, 1952 and Ghika’s Chairs and Tables By The Sea, 1948.
#britishmuseum #art #friendship #caxton #ghika #leighfermor
Charmed lives in Greece: lovely (free) exhibition at the British Museum concerning the lifelong friendship between painters Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor.
This is 'Still Life with Sailors' (1980-1985) by John Craxton, painted when he was living in Chania, Crete.
#ghika #nikoghika #craxton #johncraxton #leighfermor #paddyleighfermor #lifelongfriends #greece #charmedlivesingreece
NB Craxton's signature (in Greek) is on the Marlboro packet
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Charmed lives in Greece: lovely (free) exhibition at the British Museum concerning the lifelong friendship between painters Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor.
This is 'Still Life with Sailors' (1980-1985) by John Craxton, painted when he was living in Chania, Crete.
#ghika #nikoghika #craxton #johncraxton #leighfermor #paddyleighfermor #lifelongfriends #greece #charmedlivesingreece
NB Craxton's signature (in Greek) is on the Marlboro packet

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