Category Archives: Outside

Autumn’s Really Letting Rip Now

Suddenly the intense autumn colours have started. Their brightness cuts through the low gloomy light, they are startling and unreal, magical even. The Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park has come alive with a palette of hot, fiery colour. The gardeners, … Continue reading

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Kensal Green Cemetery

A friend was telling me that when she goes back to Sweden to visit her family next week she will go to her grandmothers’ grave with her mother following the tradition in Sweden of visiting the dead on Halloween. I got … Continue reading

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Harvest Festival Field, the Pleasure of Disorder

The glorious sight of a field full of pumpkins. The fertile fiery russet shades of the fruits contrasting with the vibrant sap green of the umbrella leaves. A patch of untidy pleasure, a tumble of voluptuous proud golden rumps, the … Continue reading

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I’m Dreaming of a Carpet of Flowers

I’m dreaming of flowers, dancing in the wind, in sharp winter sunlight. Curled under the soil all winter, just at the point when the short dark days seem to be never ending, loudly they spring to life. Plant them now, so easy to … Continue reading

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Kenwood House

When I was a kid a friend of my parents was curator at Kenwood House, an elegant villa, an unmissable Adam gem, set in landscaped parkland, unbelievably a wide open country experience in the city. Once when I was very small, when I was … Continue reading

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Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury

Oooh, we must go to the Naked Gardens, my sisters says. I look at her baffled, suddenly in that sentence I’ve found out a whole lot of new stuff about her, and I haven’t packed my cosi ‘just incase’. Further probing … Continue reading

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Blackberry Ice Cream

Have you noticed all the blackberries in the hedges just now, I thought that’s too good to miss, so I dug out this great little recipe for making delicious fruity fool ice cream. The best thing, along with using foraged … Continue reading

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Grand Union Canal to the Rescue

Imagine it, with the new car at the garage and they say it’ll only be about an hour and a half, why not have a coffee and read of the paper in the cafe. Of course it will turn out … Continue reading

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Instant Calm Quick Fix

Talking on the mobile in the garden the other day and the person I was talking to said ‘what beautiful birdsong, where are you?’ Getting wildlife to use your garden as a larder isn’t hard and the best thing is … Continue reading

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Chiswick House

What better way to spend some time at the weekend getting a bit of a walk, a chewy dose of architecture both classical and top notch contemporary, combined with quantities of fantasy as well as a refueling stop in a … Continue reading

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