Sunday, 26 July 2015

Different kinds of good weather

There is no such thing as bad weather -Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, and snow is exhilarating John Ruskin.


The sunshine and the picnic was delicious down on the beach,


as was the scenery and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore...



 We watched the sun starting to go down before retreating the 10 minutes home to cook the sausages that wouldn't cook on the BBQ on the beach!



 The following day a few miles down the coast a different kind of weather .....
  

The sky, sea and coastline completely different colours.......


 There was no sitting on the beach with a picnic today!



 At least there was no snow- just a typical British summer! As we walked away I overheard one person remark that he liked changeable weather when he was on holiday!

Do you think that there is only good weather?
Sarah x


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Sun,sea and another garden visit.

Where are those long warm sunny days remembered from childhood summers? Was it really as warm as those memories imply - or do we only remember the good days? Most sunny days this summer seem to be accompanied by a cold wind.  On Sunday the wind was absent so we decided to have a day out....


So first let''s enjoy the sun and sea! This is Axmouth harbour just over the border in Devon. It looked so pretty with the wild flowers in the foreground. The harbour's size and importance was reduced in the fourteenth century when a landslip and movement in the shingle bank reduced its size.



Lobster pots, piled up on the quay, yellow horned poppy and Tavi and I enjoying the view.


On the bank overlooking the harbour is Seaton  this coastline is part of the Jurassic Coast that stretches 95 miles (152 km) from Exmouth to Poole.The rock formations vary along the coastline. The white chalk cliffs are so different to West Bay's yellow sandstone. The colour of the sky didn't look too promising either!


Now for the garden..... this is Burrow farm gardens, which we haven't visited for a while. It's planting combinations...........

scenes taking in the surrounding landscape .........

and a fantastic collection of trees and also allowing in well-behaved dogs makes this one of our favourite local gardens.



 I hope you too have found some sunshine this week and taken time out to enjoy it too! Thank you as always for your comments and for your visits.
 Sarah x

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Retracing our footsteps

Last weekend  it was our 30th Wedding Anniversary and we celebrated by retracing our footsteps from such a long time ago! First of all we visited the Walled gardens at Littlebredy and enjoyed a cream tea in these beautiful surroundings.


As regular readers will remember the Head Gardener's cottage was my first home in Dorset, (you can just see the roof top above the walled garden) and from where I left home to get married. See my previous post the walled garden.


The walled garden was not as pretty then as it is now, as the plants were mainly fruit and vegetables. . It is so lovely that the garden is now open to the public at selected times and we can still visit this special place.


 Here am  I sitting in the same spot all those years ago with one of our previous dogs called Brandy.

 Back to the present day!




We then visited the village church where we were married.


We spent our honeymoon in the neighbouring county of Devon. It is a county we have visited so many times over the years and we couldn't resist returning back to Devon for one night's break.



The orginal hotel at Buckfastleigh has been converted into flats, so we chose another location close to Dartmoor and enjoyed a walk along one of the beautiful Dartmoor rivers.



Tavi came along too, although he wasn't as well behaved as this dog that was sitting so patiently outside a icecream and dairy shop!


Like many Westies Tavi loves finding revolting things to roll in and was delighted to coat himself in 'eau de cows poo', this was the second time in a three days! It was quite a job to clean him up and make him smell better! He also loves water and on our walk the following day he discovered some peaty water.  I think he rather liked the black and white effect!


 We should have known that taking a nine month dog with us would not be a bed of roses!  We couldn't be angry and had to laugh at some of his antics, even though the smell was not to our choosing!

Do you return to the same place or special occasions too?

Sarah x

Sunday, 5 July 2015

East Lambrook Manor


When we made our third garden in our previous home, we really caught the gardening bug! We read so many books and visited many gardens to learn the best way of combining plants, textures and colours.


Among the female garden designers we were inspired by were Rosemary Verey, Penelope Hobhouse, Beth Chatto and Margery Fish. We also visited the locations where they had spent many years gardening. East Lambrook Manor in Somerset was the home of Margery Fish. She wanted to create a garden that had continual seasonal interest throughout the whole year, in a variety of conditions where the maintenance was simple and the garden was dominated by cottage garden plants. Although she died in 1969 the legacy she left both in her garden and her books has lived on. Many cottage garden plants had fallen out of fashion and she managed to save many varieties of plants including geraniums, astrantias, lamiums and vincas, so we are still able to enjoy these plants in our gardens today.

Astrantia Major


The garden is full of little rooms that demonstrate the use of colour,height and ground cover. There are so many small details that it takes time to take it all in. We haven't visited here for many years but with creating a new garden and East Lambrook being closer we will become more frequent visitors.

In the silver garden 





 Plants for damp conditions - there is a stream in the midst of this planting! 



 The white barks of the silver birch are always eye catching.



An amazing mass of blue and purple including cat mint and salvias,


The pink flower is crucianella a perennial creeping herb that looks so good combined with pulmonaria and hellebores.


Many plants were planted in slightly raised beds that allow you to admire the plants at eye level.


Does anyone know the name of the plant in the bottom right-hand corner of the collage above? It's stalks reminded us of rosemary. I have been searching for it on the internet but have failed to find it!


This wonderful garden has a lovely nursery too with many unusual plants, so it would be extremely difficult to come away empty handed wouldn't it?

Are there any gardeners that have inspired you, in your garden too? Although I mentioned the women above we also picked up good ideas from Christopher Lloyd, Geoff Hamilton and Monty Don and in the last 10 years Sarah Raven has given us so many good plant recommendations that have stood the test of time.

Sarah x

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