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In a Vase on Monday: Greenway House

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This bowl was catching the light beautifully at Greenway House (Agatha Christie’s holiday home) in Devon.

I visited on a glorious spring day at the time of the Camellia Festival and completely fell in love with the place. You can see more posts about it full of camellias, in the drop down list top left of the page.

The garden is huge with wonderful meandering paths giving views of the River Dart

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One of the entrances to the Camellia Garden

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And looking up –  a view of the house and the most spectacular magnolia

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You can even stay there in the South Lodge

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which gives you free access to the grounds after the visitors have left

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and this is the view of Dartmouth

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A white magnolia covered with lichen caught my eye

and wouldn’t you just love to have a greenhouse like this one!DSC_0557

It is a wonderful place – visit if you can!

Joining the others for the In a Vase on Monday party.

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Fernery Fountain and Camellias

 

The charming little fountain in the Fernery at Greenway House in Devon

and some more of the gorgeous camellias

 

I hope you are not getting bored with Greenway House – as you can tell – I’m besotted!

In this You Tube clip, Agatha Christie’s grandson talks about the time he spent there.

Here’s another view of the house and its position on the banks of the River Dart, click on the photos to see them full screen.

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Along one of the high paths, a cute little cherry tree

so compact and absolutely covered with deep pink blossom

Joining Cee and her Flower of the Day

Camellia Festival at Greenway House

It is a long and winding road to get to Greenway House, the holiday home of Agatha Christie. Don’t believe the Sat Nav as it takes you into a cul de sac in a village about 2 miles away. You must book your car parking space online or by telephone before you arrive or you won’t be let in – so already you know you are going to a very special place.

It is all worth it – just LOOK! this is the view from the car park!view from the car park

And further along the tarmac drive you see more of the River DartRiver Dart, Devon

I was lucky enough to be there on a gloriously sunny Spring Day – they have been precious and few! (As I write this post there is rain, wind, cold and sleet, beating against my window – I neeeeed this post to cheer me up!)

In front of the house,  the enormous magnolias took my breath away!Greenway house and magnoliasmagnolia

Below is the view from the front door – imagine waking up to this on a sunny spring morning!magnolia

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and looking up from a path that leads down to the Camellia Garden

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The gardens in general are completely splendiferously, romantically, beautifully gorgeous! But I have to say the area described as the Camellia Garden is a little underwhelming – beautiful blooms had to be searched for and the arbour has definitely seen better days

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everywhere there are beautiful views of the River Dart – shimmering in the sunlight

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Click on any photo to see it full screen.

I would have taken all day to record the names of all the Camellias but in my mind I could hear Cathy of Rambling in the Garden asking me the names and so I recorded my favourites

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This one is Marjorie Davis

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I hope this post has conveyed some of the beauty of the gardens ….. there is more to come.

Egyptian Windows

Egypt, El Gouna

Ooof! Don’t you just love the terracotta against that amazing sky.

For my last post about my trip to Egypt, I bring you some Egyptian windows

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In the background of the photo below you can see one of those abandoned building projects that punctuated street scenes everywhere we went

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We went in search of an art gallery, but the only one we found was closed.

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I was surprised to see so much English signage in Hurghada.

 

What windows you have found to share with us this month?

I’m looking forward to seeing them. Please leave a link in the Comments below.

Saturday Shells

 

vintage shellsOn Tuesday I found these shell people at Greenway House, the holiday home of Agatha Christie – oh what a delight that place is – if you ever get a chance to visit GO!

These were in the Morning Room along with other vintage shell designsvintage shells

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The lighting is kept low, so it was not easy to get good photos.

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Such exquisite pieces of shell art

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shells, vintage

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Agatha Christie spent 8 weeks of the year in this house on the banks of the River Dart.

The garden is glorious, the camelias and magnolias stunning – I have more photos to share with you

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lots more!

Click on any photo to see it full screen.

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Linking with Cee’s Flower of the Day

 

Egypt: in search of shells

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Of course I went beachcombing whilst in Egypt – I was hoping to find more material and inspiration for some Silly Saturdays, sadly there were very meagre pickings. I did find these few pieces of coral and small white shellsfragments of coral

on the little beach near the villa

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which I wandered along each morning (it was only warm and windless enough for me to swim there once). Most beaches are private, or have been snaffled by large hotels. We did make our way to a fairly newly built resort a few miles out of town, but shells – there were none.

The resort was a bit of a ghost town as tourism has been much reduced since the terror attacks as recently as 2017.abandoned projects

Abandoned dreams

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and a fun piece of sculpture

on a lovely walkway.

And turning the camera dial to ‘Sketch’ mode

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We sat and had a couple of drinks in the fading light and returned to the villa.night

 

Walking through Hurghada

Hurghada and its surrounds are full of contrasts – massive riches and beauty live directly alongside desperate poverty, squalour and rubble.

One day we walked from our lovely enclosed villa complexvilla with its pool that was much too cold to swim in, to the marina at the luxury Marriot Hotel.

One of the first things to notice is that there are so many buildings that are only half built. Something to do with the laws that means one has to build on land in order to own it, but then the building is left unfinished and can sit there like that for years.

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Some buildings were being worked on and I was fascinated by the medieval looking scaffolding on which men were walking around carrying buckets of stuff with them, no harnesses or safety equipment at all.

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I could not take a photo of the men as if you show any interest at all in anything you are at once pounced on for money or people trying to sell you something – there is no possibility for relaxed window-shopping here!IMG_3101On finished buildings some of the details are quite beautifulwindows

Even the paving, although rickety and often dangerous has pretty elements of design

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You had to keep your eyes to the ground as suddenly there could be a few inches of metal pipe sticking up through the pavement for no apparent reason.

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Palm tree street lights looked fun!

and the occasional majestic statue.