Quiet days: reading and sleeping


Quiet days on your own, or with close family. If you’re like me you’ve turned to books you’ve loved in the past.

Sit quietly in a garden in a sheltered spot.



After breakfast, or in the late afternoon.


On a veranda, overlooking a pleasant landscape. (If you can manage it.)



Or in a dimly lit room, with little chance of interruptions.




sometimes with a convivial companion.

Reading separately

Or together.



Sometimes you can concentrate, while waiting to go out perhaps.



Or spending an evening inside.



Or after an evening out it’s sometimes good to pause.

Reading is a good prelude to sleep.



On other occasions, sleep will take you unawares.

Sometimes before you can even swing your legs up.



Or when the reading matter at hand is just too heavy.



On those occasions you can just zone out.



Or get comfortable.



And just drift off. And maybe a dream is waiting for you.



I’ve had a few afternoon and early morning naps recently, some with dreams which were more vivid than usual. On one occasion I took a walk with my late mother along an unfamiliar canal in a northern city. She was younger than me but it was good to see her again.

I normally do this kind of post at Christmas (here and here) but it seems appropriate for the lockdown as well. If you are the rights holder for a particular image and its inclusion causes concern, let me know. If you want to know the identity of an image, I may know. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the atmosphere, inspired by a calendar series my wife gets me for Christmas, Women Reading (or women of Reading as I call it.)

There may well be another set of lockdown photos next week. Or something else entirely. Who knows?

12 responses to “Quiet days: reading and sleeping

  • ashley

    thank you for your continued efforts, I adore the essays and imagery. I love this one, and equally the various images on Kings Road in the 80’s 90’s. I wondered if there was anything on Portabello in the 70’s 80’s, and Kensington church walk, both roads I lived on 🙂
    kind regards Ashley

  • Lucy

    Thank you for this. I loved looking at the different images, they all felt so peaceful in different ways. Please do you happen to know the name of the painting you have captioned “Sometimes you can concentrate, while waiting to go out perhaps”?

  • Jan Barclay

    What absolutely beautiful and evocative images!
    Thank you xXx

  • tonytombling

    Thank you so much Dave. These pictures would have been taken with a mobile phone these days, but they would not be anything like as memorable. Being painted by hand, by a dedicated artist, just gives them so much more beauty, and atmosphere. Thanks again.

  • Rosanna Loucia Achilleos-Sarll

    Thank you for the paintings: celebrations of female beauty and containment. I would love to know who painted them. Thank you also for dropping into my mailbox with your histories and observations, each one is appreciated and mulled over.

  • iChristopher John Pain

    Or even take off all your clothes and read a book, as in this famous painting with a Chelsea connection:


    The Reading Girl, by one-time Chelsea resident Théodore Casimir Roussel, is a depiction of the artist’s model and sculptor Hettie Pettigrew, about whom you have written before in association with Sambourne.

  • Basia Korzeniowska

    this is lovely – the choice of paintings is delightfully whimsical

  • Marcia Howard

    Wonderful images Dave. Thank you. I’ve been reading non-stop for the past 3 months, which is my idea of bliss – and without a smidgen of guilt that I should be doing something more ‘useful’

  • ken peers

    Thanks Dave for your marvellous selection,just finished reading my entire Tom Sharp collection,though not in such beautiful or elegant poses.

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