WELCOME, TO MY THIRD INSTALLMENT of ENGLISH GARDENS.
If you missed my INTRODUCTION start HERE! Click on it.
If YOU WANT TO REVIEW THE FIRST PART OF THE GARDEN TOUR CLICK ON THIS WORD HERE!
A VISIT TO A THATCHED COTTAGE.FAIRY TALE GARDENS.AN ARTIST & GARDENER EXTRAORDINAIRE.
THESE CAME IN HANDY WHEN A COW WAS SEEN IN THE DISTANCE!
HERE WE ARE ENTERING A COTTAGE with a THATCHED ROOF!
These roofs last for approximately 25 years.
I decided this is a JOB MY ITALIAN could do if we MOVED!
IT is a DYING ARTISTIC TRADE!
HE WOULD BE GREAT AT IT!
I had us MOVING BY THE END OF THE TRIP!
MY ONLY Problem would be HOW TO TRANSPORT THAT MISTER B.
I WOULD NEVER LEAVE HIM BEHIND so I guess we are NOT MOVING!
(PIGS LIVE FOR 20 PLUS YEARS!I WILL BECOME KNOWN AS THAT ECCENTRIC DAME WITH THE PIG!)
JANE UNO THIS PHOTO IS FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
HEDGES DONE JUST SO!
MY FIRST SIGHTING OF FALL!
YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS…..
CHRISTMAS IS HERE IN THE STORES!
PASTURE TO COWS………..I SAW CHRIS OUT THERE WITH A COW AND I WAS OFF!!!!!
BUT FIRST I HAD TO SEE IF I COULD FIT!
MY OUTFIT Is BY AN AMERICAN COMPANY CALLED BRYN WALKER!
THEY ARE LOCATED IN BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
AND SELL UP AND DOWN THE WEST COAST!
THEY ALSO SELL TO DILLARDS IN THE SOUTH AND OTHER STORES.
EVERY SHAPE AND SIZE CAN WEAR THIS CLOTHING!
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE TALL!
Note the eyes are made of Pinecones!
Loved this as I can see in The SPRING TIME flowers abound surrounding The GOOSE and HER GOLDEN PRIZED POSSESSION!
DID YOU KNOW I HAD PET GEESE AT ONE TIME?
HERE I AM with ONE of MY MOST FAVORITE ANIMALS in ALL THE WORLD!
I had to climb a FENCE to GET TO HER and it was a WINDY DAY.
SHE WALKED AWAY FROM ME!
I had brought a FEW of those APPLES you saw FIRST THING from THAT BOWL!
Hoping they were OKAY for HER TO EAT and I would NOT BE UPSETTING HER TUMMY!
The Wind Was Blowing My Jacket Off Not Me doing a STRIP TEASE !!!
AT LEAST I HAVE HER ATTENTION!
I’m NOT LOOKING AT HER HOPING SHE WILL COME CLOSER!
CAN YOU SEE THE APPLE IN MY HAND?
I LOVED THIS.
SHE FOUND MY BASKET WITH MAYBE THREE MORE APPLES IN IT ALL BY HERSELF!
SHE NEVER DID LET ME TOUCH HER!
MY TOUR GUIDE HAD BETTER LUCK!
SEE DEBRA GO!
COME ON LOOK WHAT I HAVE FOR YOU!!!!
PRETTY P L E A S E………..NO WAY SHE SAYS!
I LOVED THIS SHOT.
I have NO IDEA if she Knew she was standing over the patch of GORGEOUSNESS Or NOT!
MY FIRST AGA I have seen with MY EYES that was NOT IN A MAGAZINE!!!!!
The AGA cooker is a heat storage stove and cooker, which works on the principle that a heavy frame made of cast iron can absorb heat from a relatively low-intensity but continuously burning source, and the accumulated heat can then be used for cooking.
ALL AGA ‘s are MADE BY HAND in ENGLAND.
When we lived in ITALY I would BUY the ENGLISH MAGAZINES and COVET these STOVES/OVENS as the animals were always nearby on their dog beds to keep warm as they are NEVER TURNED OFF!I looked into Buying one when we moved back to the STATES but at that time 1994 they were NOT even IMPORTED.
THEY ARE VERY EXPENSIVE.
SO,I settled for a USED WOLF GAS RANGE as THE ITALIAN would HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS ELECTRICAL STUFF ALL HOUSES CAME WITH HERE IN CALIFORNIA!
OUR WOLF RANGE was BIGGER than our KITCHEN and with the PILOT on, warmed the HOUSE for US!!!!!
THAN HE BUILT ME A KITCHEN OF MY DREAMS!
STILL NOT BIG ENOUGH BUT I have ROOM for PORTRAITS, COFFEE TABLE, CHAISE LOUNGE,FRENCH CLOCKS,OLD RETAIL RACKS to HOLD PANS,IRISH CHEST OF DRAWERS,FIVE CHANDELIERS………….working on one more over the SINK like QUEEN OF TRASHY TREASURES on instagram and a FEW other items ONE would NEVER find in a KITCHEN!!!
YOU could say MY KITCHEN is MY SALON………..it’s where the HUB of the HOUSE is and I REALLY LOVE IT!!!!!
GOOD THING as I SPEND A LOT OF T I M E IN IT!
A MANOR HOUSE & GARDEN
OWNED BY A LOVELY COUPLE
SHE IS A RENOWN FLORAL ARRANGER with her partner PENNY.
After LUNCH in their 15 CENTURY BARN SUE & PENNY will give us a DEMONSTRATION in the
13 century CHAPEL.
HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS LADIES AND GENTS!!!!!!
THAT MUSHROOM LOOKING STONE was to LIFT the GRAIN HUTS OFF THE GROUND SO MOISTURE and VARMINTS couldNOT MANGIA!I saw a BEAUTIFUL ONE AT THE San Francisco ANTIQUE SHOW LAST WEEK for only $325.00.My guess was HE didNOT want to Pack it UP and ship it HOME!
Here I am at THE MANOR HOME in front of a MUSHROOM SUPPORT which NOW A DAYS you see ADORNING GARDENS even in the USA!!I find them rather attractive DO YOU?
BLACK & GREY seem to be THE COLOR OF THE DAY!
WeLL, HELLO GARDEN GATE!
OKAY, HERE is the MANOR HOME and the woman in white pants and striped shirt is the OWNER!
SHE HALES from New Zealand originally!
Now, tell me YOU would NOT LOVE TO HAVE THIS ENTRANCE TO YOUR HOME!
MAYBE YOU ALREADY DO!!!!
LOOK AT THAT OLD STONE OR SLATE DRIVEWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LET ME BREATHE HERE A MOMENT…………
READERS PLEASE MEET SUE she has been kind enough to invite a BUNCH of AMERICANS into her GARDEN and BARN and CHAPEL for a LUNCH and FLORAL DEMO!
I NEED THIS!
DIDNOT REALIZE AT THE TIME BUT I HAVE SOME ASHES ABOUT THE HOUSE THAT NEED A RESTING SPOT AND THIS WILL DO PERFECTLY!
ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN FINE THIS OR A SIMILAR VESSEL!??
PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT to DO SO YOU MUST CLICK THE TITLE OF THE BLOG POST AT THE BEGINNING!THAN SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THE POST TO THE COMMENT SECTION THERE WILL BE A BOX to SCRIBBLE ME A NOTE!
Headed to The Vegetable PATCH!
THE WALLS AROUND THESE GARDENS……..SPOKE TO ME!
The Road is right behind but it’s a COUNTRY ROAD.
THE MANOR HOUSE
WHO IS SKIPPING ALONG THIS PATH WITH ME?
This is their Vegetable Garden!
Here you have Your Contessa posing as a SUNFLOWER!
This to me is a BEAUTIFUL HOME.
I believe the church also belongs to their house!This is Not the CHAPEL they had restored.
When will MY WEEPING WILLOW LOOK LIKE THIS?
How many of YOU follow PREPPY EMPTY NESTER’S BLOG?
SHE IS A RIOT and NOTHING LIKE ME!
LIVES ON THE EAST COAST and has TWO DAUGHTERS and TWO DOGS and a HUSBAND WHO COOKS!
PLUS ONE GREAT BLACK AND WHITE TOTE that gets CAPTURED EVERYWHERE!
I had the IDEA AT this MOMENT TO COPY HER with MY AFRICAN BASKET IN THE BUSH!
WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS AS I DONOT THINK I TOOK ENOUGH PHOTOS.
JUST KNOW YOU WERE THOUGHT OF MRS.CLOONEY IN ENGLAND!!!!!!
Oliver awaits the ARRIVAL of the AMERICANS for LUNCH!This so REMINDED me of THE ITALIANS!
THE TABLE IS SET IN THE 15th CENTURY BARN for LUNCH.
ANOTHER AGA to SWOON OVER………wish I had peeked inside the compartments!
YOUR CONTESSA at THE MANOR HOUSE sitting in THE GARDEN.
The 13 Century Chapel that SUE & OLIVER recently had restored.It was a crumbled mound of stones!
Penny & Sue demonstrating the ART of Building a FLORAL DISPLAY!
The window of the 13Century CHAPEL.
The Ladies were up early collecting from Their Gardens for TODAYS PRESENTATION!
I left Thinking……… MY GOAL!
I could DO THIS!
Have a WEEKLY FLORAL DISPLAY from THE GARDEN…….MAYBE A LITTLE HELP in the OFF SEASON from TRADER JOES!
I have enough GREENS for CERTAIN!
From IVY to BAY Leaves to Pine to Plane TREES.
Might even mean I need to find a NEW VESSEL to create in!
MUST BE GRAND!
THE FINISHED DISPLAY!
These LADIES are SELF-TAUGHT.
I think I will STOP HERE for NOW!
I still have MORE TO SHARE………..are you still interested in my PHOTOS and silly stories?
This is such a GOOD way for me to keep a DIARY of SORTS of my TRIP……….
I hope I am NOT BORING YOU TOO TOO MUCH!
I have had an EXCITING WEEK this PAST week by attending the OPENING of THE San Francisco FALL ANTIQUE SHOW and meeting SOME TOP INTERIOR DESIGNERS.
OF COURSE NONE OF THOSE PHOTOS WILL UPLOAD FOR ME!
TYPICAL MORNING FOR ME!
BUT YESTERDAY ALL I WANTED WAS MY BLOOD PRESSURE READ and they sent me to EMERGENCY!
Guess I was headed for a HEART ATTACK by what my WORDS were DESCRIBING!
NEVER A DULL MOMENT WITH ME!
AT THE END OF THE CHAT with THE DOC in EMERGENCY she says to me
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”
MY ANSWER……..YOUR PEOPLE ON THE PHONE TOLD ME TO COME!
ARE YOU RELEASING ME?
“YIPPY, I haveNOT FED THE CHICKENS YET!!!!!”