What’s the most romantic garden in the world? There are so many! Dodging the nettles in my grandmother's fruit cage or the crinkle crankle walled garden I would bicycle up to when I was 9 or 10 to pick vegetables.
Tania Compton, The Iris Letter, July 2017
'Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’
You seem to have a very steady sense of self. Have you always been self-possessed or did you become that way? 'I’m sure I wasn’t confident as a teenager. But I’ve never felt I had to be like other people. I didn’t feel a peer group pressure. I just happen to find getting my hair done, getting my make up done or having a manicure boring activities. There’s always something else I’d like to be doing.'
Alexandra Shulman, The Iris Letter, January 2017
'Long term love should be about growing tall, both separately and together.' Dolly Alderton, The Iris Letter, October 2016
'Green is happiness, green is peace' Lalange Snow's War Gardens, The Iris Letter July 2016
‘Love your calling with a passion, it is the meaning of your life’ Auguste Rodin
What is a common place book?
Commonplace books (or commonplaces) are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. Such books are essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas.
Who keeps them?
The 6th Duke of Devonshire's Common Place book on display at Chatsworth House.
In June 1943 Anne Frank began copying interesting passages from books she read in the Secret Annexe. She calls this her 'Favourite Quotes Notebook'. She started with a quote from I begin again, the autobiography of American writer Alice Bretz.