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One of the benefits of this particular assignment are the books. I started reading a travelogue yesterday: Southern Cross to Pole Star – A. F. Tschiffely. It’s an account of 10,000 miles in the saddle through the Americas from Argentina to Washington in the early 20th century. Its absolutely fascinating and I am hooked. One of the features of the book that attracted me, was the cover – the illustration shows a detail of ‘Blue Putas’ by Marianne North (1830-1890). You may or may not know that hundreds (nearly 1000 in all) of Marianne North’s paintings are exhibited in a special gallery at Kew Gardens – well worth a visit when next in the area….its a visual smorgasbord of floral scenes from around the world; Marianne herself being an intrepid explorer in the 19th century. At a time when it was unheard of for women to travel on their own she visited places like Australia, African countries, the Pacific Idlabds, the Americas and many others. It’s an extraordinary collection of oil paintings and I delight in spending time there whenever I’m at Kew, and the gallery is open.

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