Thursday, 29 April 2010

Hidcote in April

An English country garden in spring.

A huge wysteria. The trunk is by the Ladies loo, and the branches cover this garden machinery shed.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Jelly moulds, Rivers, and gardening idea.

I LOVE copper jelly moulds. Apologies for the reflections in the glass, but aren't they lovely things?

The point where the Avon and the Sowe meet

Fabulous idea to do with a bit of grass next to some steps.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Spring lambs and veggie beds

Orphaned spring lambs looking for fingers to suck. Mine as it happens.

After yesterdays comments, here is a better photo of the veggie beds and the sitting-in-the-afternoon-sun-drinking-tea area.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Cerulean blue skies

One of my problems is that I look at the floor most of the time, and forget to look upwards. These are yesterdays "dog walk" skies of clearest blue. Spring is on it's way; thank goodness.

The new veggy beds are coming on a treat and are now all planted up.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Suburbia has a smell. The warm yellow comforting smell of newly mown grass and clipped leylandii.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Charlecote Park - Tour Part 2

The outside- a busy Bank Holiday. This house was owned by the Lucy family and are famous amongst other things for trying to do for Shakespeare when he was caught poaching deer here.

Iron Work above a gate

Police puppy in training - couldn't resist this one
Lost a glove?

Then onto the inside

The Great Hall (entrance)
detail of marble table
The Dining Room. There is a screen at the side which you could nip behind to relieve yourself if the meal went on a bit.

The Library

The Billiard Room

The Music Room

The Bedroom
The bed is made from ebony - an old Indian sofa.

A bed in the bachelor wing
Lots of nice piccies - Gainsborough for eg


Finally a letter from Oliver Cromwell admonishing his wife to Lucy.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

On a slightly lighter note.

I had quite an amusing walk through town today.

Leamington Spa, bless it, is in the centre of England and is a bit of a sleepy well meaning place. It's very middle class and prides itself on it's parks and affluent populace.  Bit suffocating sometimes if I'm honest. Normally, on a Monday, the town is buzzing with shoppers and folk who've come to spend their hard-earned pennies in a polite and civilized way.

Not yesterday! The town was host to the first Gypsy wedding I've ever seen.  You wouldn't believe the number of orange women there were around. Fake tans put on with a paintbrush! And many bare midriffs, fake furs, and either ugg boots or stiletto's. One young lady was standing on the pavement outside the pub (where everyone seemed to be heading) and was in a blue vulgar-lur track suit with her head full of curlers. Fancy going to a wedding in curlers.....I suppose she could have been the bride.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Places to keep things

Charlecote Park 1
Boxes and drawers.

and what a wonderful idea for those days when you need to cook 15 types of veg.