Saturday, 17 September 2016

Phantasy photo


Photo taken in a Welsh forest near Llanwyrtd Wells. Inspiration for a fantasy story or what?

The next day, the toadstools had completely vanished. And yes, I'm watching Stranger Things.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

I think I’ve found my niche


Whenever I visit a garden, I’m drawn to the quietest corner, imagining how to recreate a mini-oasis of calm and inspiration.

Recently, I had the luck to visit Wallington in Northumberland, and found the perfect niche.


A joyous combination of modest asplenium ferns, alchemilla and lobelia set in a Regency-era horse-shoe enclosure facing the sun.

Frosted greens and navy are definitely my favourite combination for tranquillity. Add a lichen-encrusted stone feature, a bench and sundry hostas in pots, and I’m in heaven.


A small, naturalesque waterfall gurgled discreetly, reminding me of a wry comment by Alan Titchmarsh, amused at a large garden fountain, commenting that ot sounded like a large equine relieving itself into a deep trough. Oh, dear. I still can’t walk past ostentatious water features without wondering where the nearest loo is.

I may never aspire to the view they have at Wallington, but when we move house, I now have my wish list.

PS I discovered that the gardener at Wallington used to work at Packwood House -- another of my favourite haunts.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Impressions of Edinburgh

Our daughter Lauren has just finished her taught Masters (MSc in Global Middle Ages) at Edinburgh.


Where did the time go? I think we all know more about whelks, wheelbarrows, pigs and bagpipes than is strictly healthy.

After a great five years, concluding with fabulous month in Edinburgh, it's time to celebrate ... and say a fond farewell to Grindlay Street. Great wee flat and a super view of the castle.

Well done, poppet! A major milestone.


PS I just took the photos using my phone but it's given things an Impressionist vibe.