We Shall not Cease from Exploration

We shall not cease from exploration 
And the end of all our exploring 
Will be to arrive where we started 
And know the place for the first time. 

T.S. Eliot — “Little Gidding” (the last of his Four Quartets)

I found this quote on Liz Davidson’s blog, as she rightly says you stumble across things when you need them.  And I found this quote particularly poignant.


sage, mange-tout, red cabbage, summer broccoli, white cabbage, lettuces, tarragon.

After two months and 8 drafts of refining and honing, I have finally sent off my proposal for a place as a research student.   I confess, my body prickles with heat as I press the send button.


curry plant, thyme, summer broccoli, red cabbage, mange-tout, lettuces, white cabbage.

I am truly heartened by all the positive messages (from the universe) I have been receiving recently, ( see previous post).   Now with my ‘potager’ tubs planted out with edibles happily established and romping away, tell me am I not right to feel positive, if not a little daunted at what I might be letting myself in for?


rosemary, red lettuces, white cabbage, red cabbage, mange-tout.



Filed under my sketchbook pages, Nature / Nurture Project

13 responses to “We Shall not Cease from Exploration

  1. Always remember – you have to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative!


  2. You will have a very tasty salad in no time 🙂
    Good luck with research application….what is your field of interest?


    • Thank you for your good wishes, Seonaid. It is a practice-based PhD about the embodied experience of walking as pilgrimage. ‘The Thin Veil Between Gravity and Grace’, using geographical margins as liminal spaces for a contemporary (my) art practice. I’m already picking the outside leaves of the lettuce!


  3. morvah

    You go Caro! follow your passion, very best good fortune


  4. Love your ‘potager’ tubs Caro – I’ve used that quote many times and it was on my blog too which I think is where Liz saw it! Bloggers are such a great community for support and sharing. I wish you good luck with the research proposal – I feel the same re my MA and still not sure after the first year if I’m up to it! All the best


    • Many thanks Rosie. The quote is such a profound one, so thanks indirectly to you too! I am sure you are more than capable Rosie…you can achieve anything if you really desire it. Hard work and determination will always win in the end, especially if you believe it is what you really want to do.


      • Thanks Caro – wise words – I’m not sure if it is what I really want to do though! ( so that is a problem to resolve during the summer months!)


      • I suspected this to be the case from what you said. If you can decide what it is that you are really passionate about then that might help. You may even be able to turn your MA around in the direction you really want to go. The very best of luck.


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