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Putting the Love In


What impact does the environment we work in have on the work we create? I ask this question almost weekly because I’m fascinated by the way in which human beings can be aware of but not really see their surroundings. And after visiting the National Trust property Bateman’s, the former home of Rudyard Kipling over the weekend, it’s clear to me that the home he purchased in 1902 is as much a part of the work he created as the paper he wrote on during the process. The beauty of his words and the beauty of his environment feel like they’re holding hands and stepping forward together.


The house is built on a small scale, although in the Seventeenth Century, when it was built for John Brittan an iron master, it probably felt rather grand. The decorative details are solid and well crafted; oak paneling, limestone…

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