June 2007 Release
There are inspiring places I
return to time and again in my mind. The English Cotswolds, which
represent for me a simple, profoundly human, and deeply spiritual
way of life, are one such favorite destination. From our first stop
at Cobblestone Lane, we've followed a meandering footpath to a
bridge, a brook, and a mill, considering at every turn the nature of
time and the ways we can live in harmony with a world whose rhythms
are utterly graceful and slow.
Throughout the series, I've imagined that our journey would end at
just such a destination as we discover in Cobblestone Evening. We've
come full circle with this classic English village, which returns us
to our imagined brook and bridge, and to some of the humble, utterly
charming stone cottages we've visited along the way. Fittingly, our
ramble ends at just that breathless hour when the plump trout are
biting in the brook, and stillness wraps the land in a fleecy
blanket of perfect peace.
Grazing sheep symbolize the bucolic peacefulness of a pastoral scene
that is best enjoyed in a sumptuous vision like that present in
Cobblestone Evening. This journey is at an end, but we know that
Evening is the seventh and final image in the Cobblestone Lane series, which
began with Cobblestone Lane.
2. Thom has placed a total of twelve N's in Cobblestone Evening as a gesture
of his ongoing love for his lovely wife Nanette.
3. The English Cotswolds of the Cobblestone Lane series are one of Thom and
Nanette's favorite destinations. They visited there in the summer of 2004.
4. The fisherman on the bridge of Cobblestone Evening was inspired by a
fishing sanctuary located on a country estate in Fairford, in the Cotswolds.
Thom and Nanette used to have picnics on the lawns of the fishing preserve
and would watch the fishermen from the Edwardian bridge.
5. Thom has always been drawn to sheep. He sees them as a symbol of village
life and a true feature of England.