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Tag Archives: Devon
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.
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!)
and looking up from a path that leads down to the Camellia Garden
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
everywhere there are beautiful views of the River Dart – shimmering in the sunlight
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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
This one is Marjorie Davis
I hope this post has conveyed some of the beauty of the gardens ….. there is more to come.
On 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!
The lighting is kept low, so it was not easy to get good photos.
Such exquisite pieces of shell art
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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Linking with Cee’s Flower of the Day
When you enter Doreen’s world it is like entering wonderland, with a fabulous mixture of caring touches
and a poignant little row of memories
The sculpture of the children climbing always draws my attention
I love the way the lichen decorates the surface (you might remember I’m a great fan of lichen)
It came as no great surprise to see a man who appeared to be walking on the roof
he was in fact working in the garden behind
(can you see that little white model of a dog’s bottom up in the air as if digging in the lawn)
and then to come across these shoes sunning themselves on a bench
They belonged to Doreen’s very own Mr Mcgregor who was clipping the evergreens
The house looked like this in March
and the garden
What a transformation takes place during the year
I discovered these two brief videos taken in August 2016.
I hope to return in April or May one year to see the flourish of Spring.
Maybe I’ll stay in her Garden studio – a link here to see more about it.
Now I’m off to be a ‘bit more Doreen’ and sort out the containers of bulbs in my garden.
Last weekend I was in beautiful Branscombe, Devon, England.
As usual I had to make my pilgrimage up the hill to Doreen’s Garden and this time I was lucky enough to meet the delightfully sprightly 84 year old. She is originally from Liverpool and has lived in this cottage for 34 years.
She gives me hope for the future!
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We had a lovely long chat and she showed me the best viewing points for photos .. Here
and then the view to the church
Doreen has a box for donations to support the Devon Air Ambulance and so far she has collected over £7,000!
You can even stay in her garden in this delightful self-catering little unit
what a sunny spot!
We talked about her magnificent dahlias
She doesn’t lift them but cuts them right back to the ground and mulches them.
I do not live in quite such a sheltered spot – I tried them years ago and did not have a good success rate, but I might give Doreen’s method a go as there is no doubt, they put on a spectacular show – if only they were scented .. mmmmm there’s a thought. Are there any scented dahlias?
The Beast from the East was foretold and this Beast would clash with Storm Emma and cause all sorts of dire conditions
I wondered if the workshop would still take place, but Helen seemed very determined that it would go ahead so I decided to go a day early to get there before the worst of the weather was due to descend upon us.
I got there just in time, as just a couple of hours after I was cosily ensconced in Nestlecombe, the walk across the road to the Masons Arms was getting icy and the village was soon to be cut off for all except farm vehicles.
In the pub I found a log fire, a warm welcome and a handsome young French bartender. I ordered mushroom soup and Guinness… I do love a draught Guinness.In his strong French accent, the bartender asked me what I was doing in Branscombe.
“I’m here for a dance workshop on the beach,” says I
“I was not expecting that!” he said, we laughed!
After lunch, while the storm raged and the snow fell, I was snug back in my holiday let, happily watching ‘Shetland’ on iPlayer and doing some more of my Jurassic Coast blanket.
This is currently my go to project when I just want to do rows and not have to think too much about the pattern. Easy to do in front of the TV.
Keeping to coastal colours in Stylecraft Special DK, 4.5mm hook and in Extended Moss Stitch, which I think is also called Linen Stitch.
The view from the bedroom window
so I just had to get out there with the camera – luckily I had my walking stick and Snow Grips with me. I’ve had them for years and never used them before.
There was a crust of ice over everything
which made a wonderful crunchy sound as you made your way across it
The photos don’t really do it justice as the light was so low
the effect was spectacular
I thought the pub sign had a touch of ‘Daphne du Maurier’ about it.
so much beauty to be found
more icy photos to come …….
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(PS. I was the only one who turned up for the Workshop! Wimps! Ha!)
Now I’m going to pop over to Cathy’s for a good ol’ Knit and Natter Friday
No grief, no pining
I will be glad to be free
Of this old body
For Bluedaisyz Photo prompt: LISTEN
Only slightly smaller than life-size this statue/sculpture is in a little pergola in Doreen’s garden in Branscombe, Devon
Pine tree pines for cones
Dropping to the ground to grow
Not grief, just pining
And Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge: PINE and GRIEF (including a nature reference)
Go see this post by TJ – but allow some time to really take a good look at the sunrise photo – just stunning! Click on it and see it much bigger with more detail – gorgeous!
And Olga’s Haiku takes my breath away, the sparkling picture and that last line ……..!
Next week’s photo prompt is ORANGE
And for Gothic effect ….
Also joining in with the Wordless Wednesday Crew
I’d love to know if you prefer to see all the photos listed like this or if you prefer to see them in a slideshow.
Where have you been wandering?
Melissa and I started a Renga when I was in Devon and although we did not carry it on -( life sometimes takes over – and we do it for fun – no pressure) I wanted to record what we wrote, cos I like it as it is! And it refers to this very walk.
Melissa starts with her Haiku Challenge and we alternate the verses from there, if anyone else would like to pick this up and run with it you are very welcome:
On rare occasions I imbibe much and suffer Harsh headaches always
Away on a weekend break White wine for me, no headache
Sulphite free that wine Must be, grapes sent from heaven To you in Devon
Walking on air along cliffs Clear head and cobalt sea drifts
Fresh air is the best Remedy for my sore head Sleep? No! Walk instead
(addition in green! Melissa wrote the above next verse …. ah! now to see if the next couplet comes to me)
I love to include walks from other blogs here too, so we can all wander round the world together: this week join a delightful family walk with Alisa Burke, in Oregon, USA I would skip for joy if you put a link to your walk in the ‘Comments’, and if you don’t have blog, send me some pictures by email with a few words about your walk and they will appear in the next Wednesday Walk-Along. 😉