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Taste place: January

  • 5 January, 2011

Another feature I'd like to introduce this year is the 'Taste Place' section of the blog. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled and posting up anything that I think is original, cool, interesting, useful or just that I like !! Please contact me through the site if you require me to source and supply any of the products. I'm going to start by showing some tiles for indoor or outdoor use that I saw at the 100% design show at Earls Court last year. They are by Ivanka:

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Elbow grease vs engine grease

  • 5 January, 2011

I'm very aware that I am somewhat behind on my blog feeds, although I am hesitant to name it as a New Year’s resolution I do feel that I would like to put more energy into it this year and would hope to add something once a month. Something that would help me do that is, if you have read the blog, please do leave a comment, it's lovely to have any feedback and know that someone may be reading it. So that being said, this year I'm going to start off with something that feels apt to me for January with the new year, but rather than being something that is new it is more something we may have...

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Brambles are, in a sense, incredible warriors!

  • 4 February, 2010

It struck me, when in a position of being somewhat powerless over a circumstance at work, that I found a renewed zeal for my allotment. Some of this I’m sure was to ‘dig out’ my frustration, but on reflection I wonder if the planning and structuring of my allotment was a subconscious desire for order. I wonder how much our life situation relates and reflects on our need to control or place order on our environment, in turn allowing us a feeling of regaining our power by taming the wild. Of course, the fresh air, exercise, centring of focus, time for reflection and the hopeful and optimistic...

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To tree or not to tree..?

  • 18 January, 2010

In 1841 Queen Victoria’s new husband Albert introduced a German Christmas tradition into the British royal household. From that point on the Christmas tree has, apart from a small dip in popularity after the death of the Queen, been on the up and up in this country, Western Europe, America and most other parts of the world. The history of the Christmas tree’s origins are many and varied, but essentially evolve from the Pagan and Druidic celebrations of the Winter Solstice (21st December) this being the shortest day. The lack of daylight inspiring the ‘celebrations of light’ with the encouragement...

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Avoncliff and ‘Abouts

  • 6 April, 2009

I was asked to write something for Bath Life magazine about gardens within 100 miles of Bath that inspire me. I thought I'd post it for you to read: When asked to comment on my favourite /most inspirational gardens in and around Bath it didn’t take me long to realise that I would like to celebrate a slightly larger garden, it being where I draw most of my inspiration from. The Landscape of Avoncliff and the Limpley Stoke valley. Avoncliff is a small hamlet situated about two miles west towards Bath from Bradford on Avon. With its 35 or so houses, pub and little request stop train station,...

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Nice weather for ducks!

  • 1 September, 2008

This really is crazy weather and after the governments advice to gardeners two years ago to start planting for drought conditions I recall the saying that 'In Britain we don't have a climate, we just have weather !' So I'd be inclined not to pay too much heed to predictions about the future and do what people working with nature have always done and adapt to whatever is thrown at them. After all, people all around the world find pleasure from the planted environment whether that be through a rugged interaction with the wild or through highly manipulated and stylised gardening. I thought I'd like...

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