Fame at last…

Where to start…..? In May 2016, we had 93 Austrian’s visit Longhope Gardens (opening on behalf of the National Garden Scheme ngs.org.uk) accompanying TV gardener Karl Ploberger (Austria’s equivalent of Monty Don) as part of a tour of English Gardens. We hosted the Longhope Gardens visit in our garden and provided lunch for our guests using local produce and local caterers from Hart’s Barn Cookery School. Karl bought a camera crew with him and filmed the Longhope Garden visit as part of two programme TV special on English Gardens. After the visit, Karl took his guests to HRH Prince Charles’…

Garden of Heroes & Villains

I had to share some of the pictures I took at the amazing Garden of Heroes & Villains in Dorsington.   Felix Dennis collected 50 statues of his Heroes and Villains and set them amongst the backdrop of his large and understated garden of mown pathways that take you meandering past the statues.  The garden is open once a year. It’s well worth a visit!

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?

Rain…I’m beginning to think it will never stop, the only good thing has been that I have been forced to concentrate on indoors photography as it’s just too wet to take anything outside.  Indoor photography presents it’s own challenges and whilst I’m no expert (far from it) I do know what I do like and what I don’t like.  As far as lighting my own pictures is concerned, I’m not a huge fan of flash for close up work, although I’m sure there are those of you out there screaming at this post saying “it’s perfect, what does she know!?”….

Who’s idea was this?

I sometimes wonder if I am the architect of my own stress when I find myself agreeing to do something because it panders to my ego.  I find myself saying things like “oh, I couldn’t possibly” and spluttering on about “I never thought…” or “do you think so?” in a shameless display of false modesty when in fact all I want to do is run around punching the air and whooping, simply because someone has given my ego a massive stroke.  This is the exact situation I found myself in June 2009, when I was doing my bit for the local church roof fund by agreeing to open the garden as part of the village…

Borderline Inspiration

Despite, it being Christmas, it’s been busy on the garden front…after musing over the options for the new border I have decided to be bold.  Which meant the three spruce tree stumps had to go.  This involved getting the stumps ground out which took two attempts to achieve.  The first visit started promisingly enough until both the stump man and I realised that although the force was strong in him, he could not make his grinder levitate from his trailer up on to the bank…he returned the next day, equipped with ramps and lo the stumps disappeared. The removal of the stumps made…