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Sublime Asthall Manor – on form sculpture

30 June 2012

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I have been looking forward to this outing all week, I had heard from friends that Asthall Manor is a real gem and they were right. The biennial on form sculpture show dedicated to the medium of stone is held in the manor grounds until the 15th July, and it is truly inspiring. Over 150 sculptures are dotted around the gardens with figures appearing from the flower borders, shapes at the end of yew tunnels, carved seed pods in the beautifully painted church and stone tentacles rise from the wild flower meadow. Oh and there is some delicious tunisian orange cake being served up by Thyme at the Potting Shed, what’s not to love. …READ MORE…

The hopelessly beautiful Eastleach House garden

21 June 2012

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Yesterday I took the grandparents and kids along to Eastleach House open gardens, which is down the road, past the church and up the hill from my allotment. The garden or house cannot be seen from the road which makes it all the more surprising when you discover it’s hidden splendour. It is the most utterly beautiful example of a english country garden with small interconnecting rooms of the most tasteful colour schemes and garden design. The thing I really love about it is that tasteful weeds and self seeders are allowed to do their thing below the copious amount of clipped yew and box. My kids loved the rill which I hooked them out of, and the springy lawn where they could do their gymnastics routine for the audience of ladies and gents scoffing cream teas.

Can you improve on perfection? well I would of liked to of seen more veg and fruit being grown amongst this garden which in my opinion would make it all the more perfect…..oh and perhaps a few peacocks or ducks strutting around on the lawn. …READ MORE…

My Instagram Week

11 June 2012

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Elderflowers, New Chick and Ducks, The Allotment, Chelsea Flower Show and Designing Britain at the V&A. …READ MORE…

The Grounds

10 April 2012

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Here are some of my favourite garden views taken in cornish national trust gardens. The magnolias were magnificent with their large teardrop petals and the gunnera were just about large enough to use as umbrellas. …READ MORE…

Downstairs

7 April 2012

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As I wander around the kitchen, dairy, and laundry room I start thinking about all the gardeners that must of lived and worked here with their potting sheds, seed tins, favourite tools, notebooks etc, now that’s something I would love to see.

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Upstairs

7 April 2012

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I have visited 3 cornish national trust properties in the last week, Lanhydrock, Trerice and Glendurgan, all lovely in their own way and all hosting easter egg hunts for kids so we now have a enviable collection of  6 large Cadbury eggs. It got me thinking when looking around the houses about whether I would of preferred upstairs or downstairs living? Whilst upstairs is grand and opulent it does seem a little bit dull but down below the huge copper pans, salmon moulds, brushes for everything, and dark lead sinks get my vote every time.

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Pick Me Up with People of Print

27 March 2012

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The good people at People of Print have some of my prints on show this week at Somerset House, London at the annual Pick Me Up Graphic Art Fair.  …READ MORE…

Work in progress….

15 November 2011

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I am busy sketching my next print! …READ MORE…

Up North

2 November 2011

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A half term trip up north to take in some art! Starting at the excellent Yorkshire Sculpture Park, great walks in sunny weather, a brilliant show by Juame Plensa and a extraordinary piece by Aeneas Wilder made up of stacked wood, very scary to go near in case you knock it down. Then onto the Hepworth Galley, where Clare Woods has a show on, nice rock formations! The final stop was at the Tuner Prize show at the Baltic, not that inspiring to be honest! Also on was a Mike Kelly show, which was scary scary stuff ! Then back down the M1. …READ MORE…

Veg – Peppa Pig style

22 September 2011

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A visit to Peppa Pig world yesterday to celebrate a special 4th birthday. We all loved Grandpa Pigs veg patch! …READ MORE…