the day is long and yet the sun shines for a short time as winter is not yet done the sun rises but not so high as to reach the garden chair or flower beds for glory power of the shine is for only a spell as I am reminded of days that will come a brief glimpse of golden rays spark of brighter days and hope as spring will surely come
This is Brantwood, home of John Ruskin (1819-1900) the artist, writer and champion of the welfare state. Ruskin absorbed the natural world around him and expressed his talents through paintings and poetry. In 1869 he was Professor of Fine Arts at Oxford and established the Ruskin School of Drawing (wikipedia.org).
The Brantwood Estate is suspended, afloat on the hillside above lake Coniston Water. The house continues his legacy by exhibiting local artist’s work in a gallery. The gardens display the array of inspiration and the footpaths lead to the lakeside.