I've got plenty to write about in the coming weeks, with lots to catch up on from the beginning of the summer; but I just had to start with something very exciting. There's a new addition to the studio. She's very small, fluffy, and can mainly be found sniffing around in corners and nibbling toes; and people fall in love with her on sight.
No, not quite a new assistant! Her name is Ida and she's ten weeks old, a jack russell crossed with a mystery who I found at Battersea Dog's Home.
I got very dog-broody after making friends with a dachshund in the studio, and I must say it's so lovely to have a pooch around when I'm working- though she can be a little distracting, just look at that face!
As yet there are no plans for a new line of puppy designs, but we'll see what Ida has to say about that when she's older...
VIsiting Chelsea Physic Garden is one of those places I have been meaning to visit for several years, yet somehow or another the opportunity just never arose. This summer I finally made the time and it was certainly worth the wait.
I visited with a dear friend who shares my enthusiasm for all things botanical. Highlights were the extensive collection of wonderful scented Pelargoniums and the damp and shady Thomas Moore Fernery. The later providing a welcome respite on what was a searingly hot day.
Yesterday I knocked up another year on my clock. Usually that's something I try to gloss over without any fuss or bother and this year I had been hoping for more of the same.
My lovely better half had already given me a completely gorgeous little pup and I was more than happy with that. However two wonderful friends decided to take me on a little trip to kent.
We visited Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens home of Poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West and husband, Harold Nicolson. Together they transformed the land at Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the vibrant planting by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings.
Sissinghurst is visited primarily for it's gardens, notably the Cottage and Medieval Walled gardens but most famously the White Garden. A calming, quiet triumph of form and texture.