It has one of everything, so it is in a sense an ark

I felt at home, strangely, because it is a miniature world.… One manor house, one farmhouse. A vineyard, a field of potatoes, a field of wheat, a cherry tree, an orchard. It has one of everything, so it is in a sense an ark. It is like when you draw a place when you are a child. I don’t like large-scale things, not in architecture or evolutionary leaps. I think it’s an aberration. This notion of something that is small and self-contained is for me a moral and aesthetic ideal.

~ W.G. Sebald, A Place in the Country 


Image: Cristiana Coucerio for The New Yorker,

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  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    One manor house, one farmhouse. A vineyard, a field of potatoes, a field of wheat, a cherry tree, an orchard. It has one of everything, so it is in a sense an ark.

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  2. Whatever makes you happy, I say…

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  3. a perfect mini-assembly 😉 We are right now starting to ‘downsize’, from a house and loads of garden, preparing our minds to a life in an appartment with only few rooms and the mind boggles when thinking of all the ‘stuff’ that has to go…. much loved but not needed, holding one back and not soul nurtering…. stuff to look after, to care for, when the world needs so much more caring than ‘stuff’! Or maybe this is alltogether too deep for a post 😉

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  4. Yes, small is beautiful! It’s also vulnerable, but one has to live with that.

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  5. It’s a beautiful image. I love houses. Thank you. Micheline

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