Saturday 9 October 2010

Luxury Travel


“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more importantly, it finds homes for us everywhere.”   ~ Jean Rhys





I love looking up and realizing the hours have passed without my noticing because all the while I've been so deeply immersed in my book. Surely that is transportation of the most definitive kind? The ultimate in travel and exploration? And, best of all, you don’t need luggage.

**Do have a look at the Link Viewer at Illustration Friday for some wonderful art from artists around the globe.  This week's prompt is "Transportation".... so why not give it a go yourselves?  Go on, I dare you! **


Elizabeth said...

What an interesting thought!
Did you ever read Alain de Botton's
The Art of Travel?
An excellent little book that makes one think a lot!
Happy weekend.

Robin said...

Tessa, I agree with you.... reading IS a form of travel...and one doesn't need a Passport or have to stand in long, security IS the ultimate form of luxurious travel! I love how I feel when I finish a really tremendous have been transported to another country or another time.....and somehow, a part of the book always stays with you.

Sending you hugs from sunny and warm San Francisco.

♥ Robin ♥

rossichka said...

Reading a book is really a transportation - to another reality, to another time. I like it, though I haven't traveled a lot during the last few years. Not as much as in my youth! But these days I steal a little time to re-read some short stories by two Russian authors that I liked once. And I discovered that I still like their styles - so different, but both touching. Their names are Dina Rubina and Tatyana Tolstaya.
Do you know, Tessa, reading blogs and commenting in them is another kind of transportation for me. It brings me a variety of emotions, opens new worlds, makes me think upon different themes, meets me with wonderful, "real" people and fills my soul with so much joy!
A wonderful painting of yours again! It's so nice to click on your blog and to find you are here!!! I do hope you feel well!:)))))

Unknown said...

Oh Tessa, you are so spot on. I remember, as a child, getting so engrossed in the world of a book, that I'd look up, hours later and think I was someplace else and wonder where all my new friends had gone.

Anonymous said...

And of course, it's very kind to the planet too!

Love this painting. You have captured just perfectly how she is so enthralled by the World in the words.

Cheryl Cato said...

My travels are taking me through London & the surrounding countryside now as I read several of P D James' mysteries.

Karen @ Pas Grand-Chose said...

This is the sort of happy coincidence that seems to arise with blogging ... I have just posted some of my photos of a trip to China a couple of years ago, having been transported there again by a re-reading of Bo Caldwell's 'Distant Land of My Father'. You are so right that reading can do that ... come over and take another journey!
And PS, I love your painting too.

Beth Kephart said...

Reading transports, Tessa.

But so do you.

And that's why we all love you so much.

Heiko said...

...and even better you hardly pollute the planet at all!

Cynthia Pittmann said...

Love the transport-ation you provide, Tessa, with your artwork and generous personality. Thanks for sharing the Whale Sounds link. I submitted a poem tonight.

Ces Adorio said...

Crud, awful typos.

Tessa, transport me out of here. Anywhere but here where I have been sitting for so many hourse testing this code. ARGH! Yet I love my work.

Tessa, I don't know how to say this but I may need you to steer the BBB Club transporter because it is becoming full and I have to upgrade to a double-decker oak leaf transporter with baby-bottle trailer! There are so many baldies and many more who were not baldies but want to join. So I may need you and two other babies to steer because you are a range rover specialist. Perhaps you can direct the navigation? I will prepare a perch for you with a comfortable seat and books! TSUP!


Tessa said...

Hello Elizabeth! No, I've not read 'The Art of Travel'. Will order it from Amazonia pronto. Sounds just my cuppa!

Lovely Robin, thank you for stopping by, it's always such a pleasure to read your comments. I so agree that a really good books stays with you always..there are special passages which one can recall vividly. And the images in one's mind stay firmly fixed as well, don't you think?

Rossichka, hello! Thank you very much for letting us know about the short stories written by Rubina and Tolstaya. I shall most definitely be on the look out for them. I agree about reading blogs…..a truly amazing way to travel the world and meet the most fascinating, funny, intelligent, talented and interesting people you could ever imagine.

Nicky…I too was that child. In fact, I rather think I still am!

Rob, by the time you read this, you will probably be back from your trip to SA. I know you will have had the most wonderful time….and I hope the memories stay always! Welcome back to Blighty!

P D James is a stellar writer! I so agree, Lizzy. Her ability to paint a word picture of a place and the people that inhabit it is extraordinary.

Hi there Karen, how wonderful that you stopped by. I must now zip across to your blog and transport myself to China via your photos. What an exciting thought!

Beth, lovin’ ya right back, girl!

Exactly Heiko! (I rather liked the Iceland Volcanic Ash Incident…the sky was as clear blue as it ever could be…not a jet trail in sight. Wouldn’t it be marvellous if we could all just travel under sail again? Slow, I know….but steady as she goes…and lots of time for reading!

Oh Cynthia, how exciting. I shall keep an eye out for it each day. I think Nic Sebastian reads all the poetry so beautifully. She does justice to each and every one.

Cessieoakie! I can drive off road, but I can’t ski off piste with our fabulous baldies! Time, you see, is of the essence right now…so I need it all. You get my drift?

Lori ann said...

Elizabeths suggestion was a good one, i love that book (and everything else Mr. de Botton's written).

as a child i read pippi and chitty chitty bang bang, the wheel on the school and my first novel, hawaii at age 10 (my father took me to a used book store in downtown los angeles and bought me a first edition copy, which started a life long love of collecting these).

when i look back i see that my love of travel began with the books i read, each having a sense of place that took me away. (also r.l.stevensons poetry) oh, i could keep going.

thank you for bringing this subject up tessa dear, it always gives me so much pleasure to think about how much books mean to me.


kj said...

tessa my darling wonderful artist and lover of the world,

it seems to me that this painting has looser brush strokes. ♥

reading is such a pure way of traveling indeed. when i was very young, my first trip to the library introduced me to anne of green gables and the bobsie twins.i love every word, but then, shortly afterwards, i read two books, 'nobody's boy' and 'nobody's girl' and i began my journey of world travels and tears from words. to this day i remember these orphans, how i felt.

btw, i am so glad we have different means and modes of keeping in touch in one another. i think of you daily. i know of your courage, tessa.

love your friend,

Teri and her Stylish Adventure Cats said...

I was just talking yesterday with my therapist and we were saying how reading takes us places and how people don't make the time to read anymore and all the time saving devices we have just make us busier...she remembered playing as a kid while her folks read books...I will know I am healed when I make time to read again...

Jinksy said...

Books, films, blogs - they all take me to far away countries in the blink of an eye - beam me up, Scottie! LOL :)

Eleonora Baldwin said...

Books and travel...two interlocked pleasures, one cannot live without the other. And then there's food, of course.
Thank you for this great thought-prompt, Tessa. Journeys begin in the armchair, then in our heads and finally under the soles of our feet.

That's luxury.

Ces Adorio said...

Tessa! e are flying. As promised, I gave you a bottle brush hairdo, I tried. You and my sister both! Hahaha!

Tessa said...

Lola, special angel of cusine and Italia...I do so agree with you lovely maxim.

Ces me darlin'....lovin' the bottle brush, lovin' you, lovin' life!

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Unknown said...

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Linda Sue said...

Don't know for sure if I have told you lately...I LOVE YOU and I LOVE YOUR WORK! Your choice of colours brings sunshine into my day and warmth into my whole being.I LOVE YOU.

Angela said...

How are you, Tessa? I keep thinking of you!

Bee said...

"There is no frigate like a book," as E Dickinson said.

I've been having similar thoughts; just catching up with my blog-reading as I had my nose in a book all through October!

Hope you are well; or at least as wellish as possible. xx

Eleonora Baldwin said...

You've been awfully quiet lately, and so I popped in for a quick hello.

Love you and miss your poetic art that brightens blogland.

Lola xx

Carol said...

Ooohh I love losing myself in a good book! Unfotunately I am now back into academic texts so it's going to be a while before I will be able to read fiction again *sigh*

If you read anything interesting pleaze let us know (then I can add the title to my 'List of books I want to read')

C x

Caroline said...

Wow, my favorite part of reading! Captivating the soul to another place! Great painting, wonderful sentiments from a wonderful lady!
Blessings & may your dreams come true.

rossichka said...

Dear Tessa, I'm thinking of you with the hope that everything's is all right! May all your fears disappear! I'm sending you warm and sunny autumn wishes for hope, love and better times!xx

L'Adelaide said...

hello darling....just coming by to say hello, being thankful this Thanksgiving for friendships like yours..hoping you are doing well, my sweet friend, my thoughts are with you always. xoxoxo

kj said...

sending love under our shared sky and stars, tessa. i think of you so often, always with ♥

Debra Keirce said...

I know what you mean Tessa...I get that way when I paint too. And with my kindle and text to speech enabled books, I can paint AND listen to a book...heaven!

Elizabeth Parsons said...

clever way to express Transportation. love it!

Linda Sue said...

squeek! Sending love and squeeks- Transportation could be dendrites flattening out like a track - out into the unknowable,and we, traveling in a little box car, comfortably, with a bit of paper,using some crayons to amuse us as we go. LOVE you! Travel well.

Yoli said...

My dear Tessa, thinking of you and wondering how you are.

rossichka said...

I'm often coming here to see whether you've come back... I hope you are managing with everything, Tessa and are feeling better!:)

Eric Barclay said...

Stunningly beautiful.

Maithri said...

Your life lives on in us all dear friend. Your vibrant, tender, spectacular life lives on in us all...

Hamba Kahle, Go gently,


Yoli said...

I will never forget you, never. You are and will continue to be, an inspiration to me and countless of others. May you rest in peace dear one.

studio lolo said...

I don't know who I'm writing this to now, but I've just heard from another blogger that you have slipped away from us.

Earth has lost an angel, but heaven has certainly gained one.

I know you'll remain to be a strong, loving force here Tessa.
I pray your transition was gentle and that you were surrounded by loved ones.

Your heart, your art and your presence will be missed, but I know every one of us will continue to feel your spirit.

Love and blessings on your journey.


Cheryl Cato said...

Today I mourn your leaving our world. May you find peace, joy & happiness in times to come. Fly high dear Tessa. You are sorely missed. Cheryl Cato

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My dearest Tessa - you soar and sing with the angels now, after a long fight, so bravely fought. You will remain an inspiration always.
You lived and loved life to the full, and you skidded in sideways to home-base as you always said you would. You are an example to us all in living life abundantly, courageously, joyously and with constant good humour, love, generosity and grace. You are and always will be the brightest of shining lights and your spirit will continue to be with and bless us. My deepest sympathy to Guy, your children and their families.