Category Archives: Country Houses & Gardens

At the end of the garden

Today’s trio of images come from Hidcote Manor Garden in the Cotswolds. Hidcote is a National Trust property whose gardens were developed by the American horticulturalist Lawrence Johnston in the early years of the twentieth century. The garden is described … Continue reading

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Wisteria

For a period of 2-3 weeks from late April to early May the frontage of our house is transformed by a magnificent old Wisteria in full flower that climbs across the front wall. Not only are the pendulous flowers beautiful … Continue reading

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Woburn Outdoor Sculptures

We live within a 30 minute drive of Woburn Abbey. The village of Woburn together with the Abbey hosts Woburn ARTBEAT – an annual arts project now in its third year. During April this year, the village of Woburn became … Continue reading

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Bulbs at Rousham

Spring is galloping under sustained temperatures of 15-20C and not a drop of rain in the past few days and none forecast. If this continues I will begin to feel like a headless chicken dashing hither and thither to my … Continue reading

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Searching for a Landscape

January is a miserable month in most people’s opinion. An anti-climactic contrast to Christmas and New Year. The short days and dark cold nights bring out the hibernating instincts in me. But there are tasks to be done: archiving some … Continue reading

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Installations of Outdoor Art

Today’s post celebrates the trend to place modern sculpture, carvings and other art forms – collectively termed ‘Installations’ by some – within the grounds of some of the UK’s vast collection of stately homes and country houses that open their doors … Continue reading

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