Category Archives: Outside

British Flowers

Over the past couple of weeks the garden seemed to linger hoping for one last burst of sunshine before sliding into its dormant phase. Just before total winter shutdown I cut an armful of foliage and flowers. Over at Common Farm Flowers … Continue reading

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British Flower Week

In the fresh sunlight, with gardens and kerbsides bursting into ebulient flower, this has always been my favourite time of year. I want to capture some of this vitality and bring this outside gorgeousness into my home, that means vases … Continue reading

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The Gala, Kingston

  The Gala, is a huge box like Art Deco building dating from the early 1930’s, a factory to entertainment from the pre telly era. Designed by Robert Cromie one of the foremost cinema architects of the time it’s an … Continue reading

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Flowers Even in the Depths of Winter

A cold winter day, bare branches, monochrome landscape, the world is dead. As I walked along the blanket of grey was pierced by an intense floral fragrance. Where was it coming from? I looked around, nothing,  then up,  there,  bare … Continue reading

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Where Did You Go on Holiday?

Where did you go on holiday, oooh is that the Flat Iron Building, did you go to New York? Well no actually, I went to Margate on a day trip to visit the Turner Contemporary Gallery. It’s an impressive space, … Continue reading

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We’re All Going On a Summer Holiday

Last bank holiday camping in the tent the weather was wet and vicious. Spotting a camper van I couldn’t help my thoughts being tinged by disloyalty, it could only be a more comfortable option than a tent. A cosy nest … Continue reading

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Pinks

Sitting at the kitchen table over cup of tea my friend suddenly explodes saying, ‘I hate carnations, the one sitting in that old pot is beautiful, you’ve made me fall in love with them.’ And yes she’s right, though fashions come … Continue reading

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Barnes Fair

Barnes is a London Thameside backwater where you could be forgiven for thinking you’d just passed Miss Marple on the way to feed the ducks at the village pond. A typical village pub cross the road from the green and … Continue reading

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Alkanet

Though a very thuggish plant I cant help celebrating the beautiful blue flowers of alkanet. The plant springs up all over the garden, once in it’s difficult to get rid of this pest. But in spite of this I cant … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location

Home, often a reflection of your style, is wherever you make it. This woodpecker was very noisily making home, in the most extraordinary place. Based on location, location, location, I’d put this down as a very gregarious and flamboyant bird.

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