Where to start when describing Aleister Crowley? Born 12 October 1875, he is best known as one of the most famous occultists in the world. He created a new religious philosophy called Thelema, and collaborated with artist Lady Frieda Harris to create the Thoth tarot deck. He was a mountaineer, writer, and painter - and a conterversial figure, then and today.
At Katherine Mansfield House & Garden there is a tree that is perhaps often overlooked. Leaning over the driveway, it sheds fruit every winter. It’s the medlar tree - a tree with deep roots in history and literature - mentioned by everyone from Chaucer to D H Lawrence.
It's Spring and despite slashing southerlies, flowers are everywhere. Katherine Mansfield once declared that if she only had sixpence left for a meal, a bunch of violets for the table would come first. Her love of flowers and the natural world runs through all her work, both published short stories and her diaries and journals.
Katherine Mansfield loved clothes. She loved them as much as she loved flowers. It shines through in her diaries, journals and stories.