A good book on a summers afternoon, dappled light, lazy on the lawn, there is nothing nicer. An escape to another world where your imagination takes the lead and daydreaming follows. Now that summer has arrived, we’re stretching out across the lawn, feeling the sun soak into our bones and tuning the pages of our favourite books.
Reading might be classically considered an indoor activity ever since Antonello da Messina painted St Jerome reading in his room of knowledge – an idea that is so wonderfully appealing. However, our eyes are always drawn to the sources of light and the rolling landscape seen through the windows at the back. We believe in the importance of a special space for reading, a corner of ones own, a tree of ones own. We spend so many hours every week in artificial light, stuck indoors but as the weather has improved so has our desire to read on the lawn, under a tree, amongst the grasses – outside.
There is something quite wonderful about reading a book in a different environment. The senses are heightened and the experience of reading is reflective of those changes. Head out the door to the park, the beach, or your garden lawn, grab a blanket, a book a few hours of sunshine.
Summer is here and it is the perfect time to expand the limits of your reading circle to include the great outdoors. There are few things better than lying out with a good book in the evening’s fragrant summer air. Good literature and the great outdoors are a match made in heaven. Renewed reading deserves fresh air after all.
Photography by Makers & Brothers
St Jerome in His Study by Antonello Da Messina, 1474
Quote by Oscar Wilde