DSC_0018Anyone who has been following this blog for a while will know how I like to make everything as multi-functional as possible – it is a Permaculture thing and Permaculture is the closest thing to a religion I have.

Imagine my delight when I realised I could combine Thursday Doors, Three Things Thursday, Cee’s Which Way Challenge and Odd Ball Challenge AND recommend some simply splendid people and places – my cup overfloweth with golden delights.

Three Things Thursday:

Emily shares “three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy”

So here goes:

1.Yesterday I took Miss E to one of Sewchet‘s wonderfully empowering sewing workshops. Seeing her glee at having made something she can actually wear was a joy. She learnt so much.

2. Meeting Sheila of Sewchet. Meeting fellow bloggers is a fun, enriching experience. I have met Mrs Snail, Judy of Edwinas Episodes, and now Sheila. What a wonderful community it is. …. and there are plans to meet more bloggers brewing.

3. Meeting an old friend after a very long time and having such a brilliant time at Durlslade Farm, art gallery, cafe and sculpture garden. Go if you can!

This is my favourite photo of the day which I think has a touch of the Edward Hopper about it. ‘Hopper’ turned positive and optimistic perhaps.


The Garden and Gallery are absolutely amazing and inspiring, and the food in the café is delicious.


The next photo from this garden is for Cee’s Which Way Challenge


and there were plenty of contenders for the Odd Ball Challenge at this fabulous gallery

How about a giant steel bucket full of shiny pots and pans


or a steel tree


with pots and pans for leaves. I love that it is set against this ancient farmhouse and looks a lot like old mulberry trees in gardens of houses this sort of age.

Here you can see the two sculptures against the old buildings and the gloriously blue sky – what a day!DSC_0017

And another door to the farmhouse for Norm’s Thursday Doors.DSC_0020 You can stay there! Pricey but just take a look at the website to see how wonderful the interior is.DSC_0019

I did have such a magical day – and have loved sharing it with you.




50 responses to “Thursday

  1. That’s on my must-visit list. I love the sculptures and that glorious door. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love these (the doors…I have a thing for door photos). 🙂 And that picture DOES have an Edward Hopper feel to it! Wouldn’t have thought of it until you mentioned it. Nice.

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    • You would love browsing through all the contributions to Norm’s Thursday Doors Sarah, such an amazing array each week from around the world – all with stories to tell!
      Edward Hopper is one of my daughter’s favourite artists, so I was thrilled when I saw how this photo came out.


  3. Aw, thanks for the kind words Sandra – it was lovely to meet you and your granddaughter too, albeit briefly. Photos of the Summer workshops will culminate in a single post at the end of the holidays. Hauser and Wirth is a great place to go regularly as the artist in residence changes several times throughout the year so there’s always something new to see.

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  4. Nice farmhouse door! But the giant bucket of pots was pretty awesome too!

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  5. Fantastic collection, enjoyed them all.

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  6. What beautiful buildings, I love the mix of old and new. Lovely post as ever Sandra

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  7. Wow, what an interesting place, Daffy. I love the really old traditional building with its solid doors, and then the contrast of the steel trees and that gigantic bucket full of pots and pans!
    It was a pleasure to meet you, and you must come and see us again if you are up this way! 🙂

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  8. Thanks for sharing this wonderful place Sandra.

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  9. Love the dogs guarding the great door. 🙂


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  10. What a wonderful, fabulous day, I can’t think of anything that would have improved it at all. the photo’s are amazing. I have a Pinterest board of “Doors” and this one is divine. Thank you.

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  11. Lovely post, I bet Sheila’s a fab teacher, you’re so lucky to be near her. 😀

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  12. It does sound like a wonderful day! 🙂

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  13. What a lot of wonderful things in one post , and you didn’t even mention the lovely dig in the first picture. I am on the look out for a lion.

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  14. This is such a great post. Thanks!!! 😀

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  15. Lovely photos, and a wonderful collection of ticked challenges – congratulations all round! Hope we’ll see a bit more about Sheila’s class (hint!). xx

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  16. Lovely door and wonderful sculptures, too.

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  17. That is a lovely old door. I like that steel sculpture too.
    Thanks for joining us at #ThursdayDoors this week 🙂

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  18. That looks like a great place! Thanks for introducing me to it 🙂

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  19. Neat photos: I love the metal trees. The doors are great, also the ‘optimistic Hopper’ with brightness through the window.

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  20. Love those pots and pans sculptures!

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