Flowers and Friends

It’s hard to believe it today, as the rain pours down, but we’ve had some really hot, sunny days over the summer. The weather seems to have suited both flowers and their friends the insects. It’s been heartening to see so many over the past couple of months, both in gardens, and on wild flowers. … Continue reading Flowers and Friends

Floral Inspiration

I’ve been making some little animated slideshows, to illustrate how my influenes are translated into my designs. Here is the first, showcasing some of my recent floral-inspired designs. I’ve used an app called Ripl, in case anyone fancies having a go themselves. It’s really easy - just add some photos and text, and the app … Continue reading Floral Inspiration

Growth

It’s been a cold start to the new year here in Northumberland, but there are signs that whilst spring may not be just around the corner, it is certainly on the horizon. We’re starting to see the green points of snowdrops pushing up through the soil, and through last year’s leaf litter. It’s our first … Continue reading Growth

Surprise: A visit to Wallington

Wallington is one of two National Trust properties which are practically on our doorstep. The other is Cragside, which I'm sure I'll post about at a later date, but today we decided to visit the former. Our first surprise was the weather, which was supposed to be grey and overcast, but which was warm and … Continue reading Surprise: A visit to Wallington

Grahy 2011

Some thoughts about, and pictures from, 2011, our first full year of owning our French house.

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2011 was the first full year we owned our french house. We had arranged for a local builder to install a fosse septique, a bathroom and other improvements. Which he did during a very cold January through to March. So cold in fact that in February our neighbours contacted us to say the temperature was -18C at midday.

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We came over for our first visit after the work had been completed in early April. For a very sunny week of gardening and cleaning.

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This was also the visit of the giant hailstones.

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On our next visit in September we tackled the overgrown terrace with its grindstone “table”.

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Finally in 2011 we had our first Christmas at Grahy with a heavily improvised christmas tree.

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Grahy 2010

Some photographs from 2010, when we first bought our house here in Grahy.

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This is the house as we first saw it in July 2010. It was all very overgrown!

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The interior of the main house was used as a studio by the past owner and their many artworks.

We finally signed the Act de Vente just before Christmas and this time the area looked a bit different…

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The interior looks a bit bare and featured the original open plan and open to the lounge bathroom and toilet. But we managed to get a good fire going.

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We closed the house up and returned to the UK. Little knowing that the worst winter in many years was about to hit France.

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weekly photo challenge: local (produce)

We've had very mixed fortunes in the garden this year. Some things, like the courgettes and squash, have done really well, producing far more than we could reasonably eat. Meanwhile, the potatoes were a bit of a disaster, and we've had no late fruiting raspberries at all. Today was a beautiful sunny autumn afternoon, and … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: local (produce)