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Friday's Journal
Photos on this page, other than those of Nonsuch Palace, are courtesy of Kepguru;
Nonsuch photos are courtesy of
GeographBritain, EwellProbusClub,
CouncilforBritishArchaeology, DailyMailUK
September's Colors
September's colors are softer than October's - when bright gold
and deep crimson erupt over the landscape.  When I think
of September, I think of soft yellows and soothing greens -
subtle colors for a gentle transition from Summer to Fall.
The photos on this page - with the exception of the images of
Nonsuch Palace - were all taken in the month of September.
Most of them are from Canada, France, the U. S. and Hungary.
I devote the month of October to Autumn pages, but I
thought that, just this once, September's softer, gentler
colors deserved a page of their very own.  -- Nancy
Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh so mellow;
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow;
Try to remember - and if you remember -
Then follow...follow...follow.
-- Harvey Schmidt
There's a golden slant of morning so lovely to behold that, when it comes,
the landscape stops to listen and the shadows hold their breath.
-- Emily Dickinson
September is the most beautiful of words, evoking golden
flowers...noisy robins...sad regret.   
-- Alexander Theroux
Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields,
The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth,
The scent of fallen apples,
The dust of threshed grain,
The gentle, special light of September.
-- Author Unknown
In September, the days are polished with a soft morning
haze unlike any other month of the year.
-- John Updike
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though, as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day.
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-- Robert Frost
The Lost Palace of Nonsuch
I first heard of Nonsuch when I was looking for September photos and ran across
the image on the left, below.  The description read, "A marker indicates one
of the boundaries of the lost palace of Nonsuch."  Who could resist finding
out more about a palace with such an intriguing name?
Above, an 18th century artist's depiction of Nonsuch.
Photos below the text:  left, marker with diagram of
the palace; right, a recent model of the palace
based on archaeological excavations.
Nonsuch palace was located in the county of Surrey, England.  It was the desire of King Henry VIII
to build a palace that would rival France's Chateau de Chambord.  Built on the site of the village
of Cuddington - which Henry ordered entirely demolished to make way for it - it was the most
luxurious of all of his palaces.  The name "Nonsuch" referred to the idea that there was no
castle anywhere to equal it.  Construction began in 1538 and it was completed in 1556.
It was Henry's hope and assumption that his masterpiece would endure through the ages, but that
was not to be the case.  The palace was in and out of royal hands until 1670, when King Charles II
deeded it to the Countess of Castlemaine, making her the Baroness of Nonsuch.  The Baroness
found herself in the embarrassing position of requiring funds and, in 1682, started dismantling
the magnificent palace to sell the materials for money to pay off her gambling debts.
Nothing like Nonsuch had ever been seen in England before, it was work of the highest quality and
on an immense scale.   But, by 1690, the marvel of King Henry's reign was all but gone.  Only a few
drawings had been made of the castle during its existence and a few paintings in the years after
its disappearance.  Soon, it began to pass into the realm of myth.  Eventually, debates arose as to
whether it ever existed.  People compared it to the legend (or, is it?) of King Arthur's Camelot.
That changed in 1959, when a local historian, John Dent, and a student at Pembroke College, Martin
Biddle, launched an excavation in search of the lost palace of Nonsuch.  The excavation exceeded
their best hopes and became so successful that it attracted thousands of visitors.  The team not
only verified the existence of Nonsuch, but contributed enormously to documentation of its
design.  What's left of Henry's estate is now a public park, known as Nonsuch Park.  -- Nancy
King Henry VIII inherited 1,250,000 pounds from his famously frugal father (today: 375
million pounds/492 million dollars).  But he didn't inherit his father's thrift.  He lived
extravagantly - during his reign, he had 43 palaces constructed.  What wasn't used in
building palaces and in day-to-day luxurious living, went toward gambling.  He ended
his life heavily in debt.  He died before the palace of Nonsuch was completed.