Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Thoughtful Thursday: The Fisherman-Painter

"If one lives in Galloway, one either fishes or paints. 'Either' is perhaps misleading, for most of the painters are fishers also in their spare time. To be neither of these things is considered odd and almost eccentric. Fish is the standard topic of conversation in the pub and the post-office, in the garage and the street, with every sort of person, from the man who arrives for the season with three Hardy rods and a Rolls-Royce, to the man who leads a curious, contemplative life, watching the salmon-nets on the Dee. Weather, which in other parts of the kingdom is gauged by the standards of the farmer, the gardener, and the week-ender, is considered in Galloway in terms of fish and paint. The fisherman-painter has the best of the bargain as far as the weather goes, for the weather that is too bright for the trout deluges his hills and his sea with floods of radiant colors; the rain that interrupts picture-making puts water into the rivers and lochs and sends him hopefully forth with rod and creel; while on cold, dull days, when there is neither purple on the hills nor fly on the river, he can join a friendly party in a cosy bar and exchange information about Cardinals and March Browns, and practice making intricate knots in gut."

~ Dorothy Sayers, opening paragraph of "The Five Red Herrings"

It's time to bring back this weekly series! I will try to post a quote from a book I am currently reading every week. Feel free to let me know your thoughts about this quote in the comment section.
A thoughtful quote can be the bridge that leads us farther
along the path of understanding ourselves and world.


Chrisy Clay said...

Just lovely Lyssa, thanks for sharing. I love any quotes that challenge you to look at things differently, and enjoy all the wonderful moments life has to offer.

Lyssa said...

So glad you enjoyed this quote, Chrisy! I just posted today's quote : )