Ronald Blythe has lived in Bottengoms farm in the Stour valley for almost forty years. Before that, owned by the painter, John Nash, the ancient farmhouse had long been a hub for a talented artistic community. With Ronald Blythe in residence that rich tradition has been maintained with a stream of painters and writers visiting.
Stour Seasons is the latest collection of the acclaimed columns written for the Church Times. Blythe has said, ‘What I basically am is a listener and a watcher’. In these essays he quietly records his observations of life in the countryside while reflecting on culture, literature, friends and his beloved garden. Whether describing market day in the village, a visit to Aldeburgh or the life of the local parish church, Ronald Blythe brings a freshness of vision to all he sees and gently teases out the value and richness to be found in the small things that make up life.