Archive for 28/02/2013


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I enjoy a bit of TV now and then.  I’m hooked on social media and the internet.  I love interacting with people.  But my favorite entertainment doesn’t involve these activities.  My kind of entertainment consists of drives on country roads, imagining silly pet commentary, meeting new animal characters, and sharing it all with you.  My mama says I’ve always been this way.  If you sit and talk with her, she’ll fill your head with stories of adventures that even I can’t remember.  So welcome to another of my silly shows. I hope it makes you smile.

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PicPost: Great Garden @ Cragside

The Formal Garden, Cragside

‘Enter the world of Lord Armstrong – Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age.Discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of them still working. The gardens are incredible. One of the largest rock gardens in Europe leads down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden. Children will love our adventure play area and exploring Nelly’s Labyrinth, a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest.’ (National Trust website)

Old School Gardener

‘At the heart of this serene rural estate is Mottisfont Abbey, set in glorious grounds alongside the fast-flowing River Test.

There are many layers of history for visitors to explore, including the Gothic remains of the original 13th-century Augustinian priory.

In the mid-20th century the final private owner, society hostess and patron of the arts, Maud Russell, used the Abbey as a base for her racy and intriguing life.

The River Test is one of the finest chalk streams in the world and the walled gardens house the National Collection of old-fashioned roses.’

On a recent trip to southern England I visited Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire. Now run by the National Trust this house and gardens is famous for its roses – alas I will need to return in the summer to appreciate them! It also has a rather good Winter Garden and because of the bright sunshine I was able to capture some attractive images of the gardens and grounds. I hope you enjoy them.

Old School Gardener

My Botanical Garden

Image Taking a train ride for Stoke on Trent I was observing Potteries landscape running by, all green and smooth.It made me happy to recognize English countryside  just as sculptured in Wallace &Gromit our kids liked that much .Yet my thoughts at that moment  were: “If I survive this I shall reward myself  with one Wedgwood cup!”-sorry my friends in Stoke, but at that moment I couldn’t know that all the clay and coal from these green paysage helped writing a garden story I would listen with open mouth… 2012-10-28 08.50.41

I met a young man by the name of J. Wedgwood  who had planted a flower garden adjacent to his pottery.He also had his men wash their hands and faces and change their clothes after working in the clay.(attributed to John Wesley).

I was  happy indeed, when I found this sentence, visiting Wedgwood museum.There were so many potters there around, for centuries, but just one of them, Josiah Wedgwood

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