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Sublime Asthall Manor – on form sculpture

30 June 2012


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 Isle

26 July 2011


I visit the Isle of Wight every year as my parents emigrated there! the best place on the island is the Ventnor Botanical Gardens which is a riot of plants and colour. In the far left hand corner of the gardens you can take a path down to Steephill Cove which is the most beautiful seaside cove, and if your lucky you might see the crab boat unloading its catch of the day ready to be made into crab pasties, yum. …READ MORE…