Day Eight of the lockdown

This weeks writing prompt is a photo provided by Douglas M. Macallroy.

For me this period of lockdown is a time to rekindle my interest in historical characters. In particular those individuals who used the medium of writing to reach kindred spirits. One such person was John Ruskin (1819-1900). He wrote about the connections between nature and society. Topical in today’s situation… He produced essays, pamphlets and books to connect with a wide audience. His last home Brantwood, along with it’s gardens is one of my favourite places to spend a few quiet hours.

Footnotes:
The prompt photograph to me, highlights the disconnect between nature and humanity.
For the present due to a virus!, Brantwood is temporarily closed.

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This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    It is a good time to reflect on history, isn’t it? Love the dog.

    Shalom and wishes for continued good health,

    Rochelle

    1. Michael Humphris

      He loves to watch the world or play ball. And keeps me on my toes.

  2. Clare Hempstead

    The lockdown is changing all our lives. I hope when we return to ‘normal’ we appreciate the things we have lived without – the friends and family we haven’t seen, the freedom to go out when we choose etc.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I agree whole heartily, Clare.

  3. Anthony North

    I’ve read Ruskin. Good appraisal.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Antony.

  4. Anita

    Reflection in this times makes sense. We end up wiser by learning from others.

    1. Michael Humphris

      We certainly do, as long as pick the right teachers

  5. ceayr

    Reading is always a good escape from reality

    1. Michael Humphris

      It certainly can be, the trick is finding books which fire the imagination.

  6. Sandra

    We have every opportunity now to catch up on our reading. I’d just prefer if it were not compulsory.

  7. Iain Kelly

    Just look forward to the day you can return to Brantwood! Stay safe.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Iain.

  8. Dale

    This is a time that we can choose to use in a positive manner.
    Reading, writing, whatever!

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is true, though many may find it hard with some of their pastimes denied. Stay safe Dale.

      1. Dale

        Yes. People do like to whine…

  9. msjadeli

    Wonderful and timely telling. Is that your adorable furbaby?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Lovely to read your comments…He is quite a old furbaby, but still acts like a adolescent. Stay safe

      1. msjadeli

        Thanks and glad he finds a way to stay chipper.

  10. granonine

    I’d heard of Ruskin, but never ventured into his writings. Maybe I will 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am not sure where I would start, he was a prolific writer.

  11. pennygadd51

    Good to hear an advocate for Ruskin. He’s been underrated.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He is certainly underrated. In my view, much that the 19th century developed has been neglected

  12. susanmehr

    These times are making us think.

    1. Michael Humphris

      They certainly are, I hope that humanity will develop world wide and much improved health care for all.

      1. susanmehr

        Yes I hope so too. 🙂

  13. michaelwynnauthor

    It’ll be great to be able to visit our favourite places again, Mike. We were intending to go to a Van Gogh exhibition that’s visiting London but all that’s sadly on hold for now. Still, as you say it gives us time to contemplate and study

    1. Michael Humphris

      The inability to undertake such visits is stressful. Many must be finding it almost intolerable. As well as reviewing written material, section by section! My garden is getting very much tidier! Take good care of yourself

  14. draliman

    Hopefully soon you’ll be able to visit again!

    1. Michael Humphris

      The inability to undertake such visits is stressful. Many must be finding it almost intolerable. As well as reviewing written material, section by section! My garden is getting very much tidier! Take care of yourself

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