Thursday, 20 October 2016

{quotable thursdays}

I'm getting tired of my broken record scenario of saying i'm so busy. but I just keep thinking things will die down but they are only getting busier. More deadlines, more work to do...and not enough hours in the day.
so sorry blogland, for neglecting you...I have so much I want to blog about. I've only got a couple of seconds to do this post, so I'll keep it simple...and with good vibes:
{good things are coming}

Thursday, 13 October 2016

{quotable thursdays}

hi blogland!
This will be very quick, but I couldn't leave today without a quote. If you're in the UK, you probably heard the news that they're going to pull Art History from the A level curriculum in schools. This is devastating for us Art Historians. I am heading up a new initiative at the Open University on providing new tools and resources for teaching art history in schools, so this is really rather close to my heart.
I firmly believe that Art History isn't simply about looking at images, but teaching people how to look critically at images--Art History opens up a whole new way of looking at life--from politics to economics to gender relations.
So, a quote about the role that art has in our lives--its ability to make us see differently.
If you feel strongly about this, like I do, sign the petition to save Art History from being cut from the A level curriculum.
and post a message to twitter on #whyarthistorymatters. spread the word.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

{quotable thursdays}

{lovely autumn scene from Red}

Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn--that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness--that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.
― Jane Austen, Persuasion

Today's quote reflects the changing of season outside, and Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. It is a busy day here at Chota House so this will be quick (!)
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

{quotable thursdays}

Hello Blogland!
yes, I'm back in merry England after my three weeks in Napoli. This past week home has been unbelievably busy, with chairing a huge all day meeting this past Saturday...and I hardly have had a chance to catch my breath.
I have so many pictures and posts to share on Italy, I just need to find the time!
It's a pouring day today and I need to head into London to go to the libraries. I really really just feel like curling up with the cat and staying in bed all day.
So today's quote is one for rainy days but also one for life:
{rain is confetti}
Indeed, I'd highly recommend looking at life in a positive way, because if rain becomes confetti, then a rainy day becomes a party.


Sunday, 18 September 2016

{Rainy Sunday in Naples}

{the views from Villa Floridiana}

Hello blogland!
It's a very very rainy thundershowery Sunday in Naples. This morning I climbed the 1000s of steps to Villa Floridiana, a beautiful villa with breathtaking views which also houses the ceramics museum.
{walk up to Villa Floridiana}
On the way down I got caught in a torrential downpour! Now I'm holed up in the flat getting caught up on a bit of work and listening to the thunder and rain outside!
So I thought I'd share a few of my favourite pictures from the last few weeks. On Wednesday I fly home and then have a very busy end of the week/weekend with meetings, chairing debriefings and exam board related stuff...
{miniature presepi sold on a bicycle!}

{shoeshine on via Toledo}

{lovely Procida}

{charming marina on Procida}
{views of Vesuvius}

{stunning library at Museo Filangieri}

{Museo Filangieri}

{the museum of medecine}
so many more photos to come though!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

{quotable thursdays}

Hello from Bella Napoli!
Today is my dear HRH Simla's 3rd birthday!! I have to celebrate from afar, unfortunately, but my parent's friends who are staying in my house are treating her royally today.
I'm very grateful for her constant support and love and her general presence in my life!
So today it is less a quote than a hilarious but poignant image which sums up the fact that my dear Simla is my destresser in life:
{prescription for happiness}
She has apparently taken to her cat sitters and in particular has taken to sitting on her cat sitters' laps, especially Brian's who is also an academic. My Dad then made up this poem:
 There once was a cat named Simla
   Who had tastes quite particular
   If taking a nap
   On somebody's lap
   She preferred academia or similar.

I am currently sitting in my Neapolitan flat, having a glass of wine, & eating chorizo pasta, with my laundry hanging out the window. These past two weeks have been so fantastic! So much to report, but for now, you can check out my instagram for an up-to-date image narrative of my comings & goings and I'll try to do some blog posts soon!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

{quotable thursdays}

Hello Thursday!
How is everyone in blogland? Well, I've been working really really hard in the archives--still  haven't come across anything ground-breaking, but I have discovered a few things that will be useful!
This weekend, my cousins arrive! I'm so looking forward to taking the weekend off and showing them around all the sites and sights that I love!

As I'm in Bella Napoli, today, a quote from Boccaccio on the beauty and wonders of the Amalfi coast:

It is believed that the coast from Reggio to Gaeta is nearly the most delightful part of Italy. Fairly close to Salerno there is a coast that looks out over the sea, which the inhabitants call the Amalfi coast, that is full of small towns, gardens, and fountains, and men rich and proficient like no others in the act of mercatantia

-Bocaccio, Decameron, (Gior. 2, Nov. 4)
{the port at Sorrento}
{the beauty of the Amalfi coast, Positano}
a presto,