Rome – city of fountains

Can there be anywhere else like it for the squirt, drip and gush of water?    Tritons clapped on the back of houses and travertine horses riding smooth-shod across the continents various?  In Rome you are never far from a fountain.   There are decidedly fascist lions up the Piazzo del Popolo end that spew…

Monochrome zone: a black and white walk round my village today

A Black and White walk round my village today. I just love it that a in a stride about outside  all bright shades have been erased and noise is muffled and bleached out. Snow glare has sapped  tone and hue from the palette and turned the gaze over to sharp silhouettes. Please do follow us!

I have been sitting on Brita von Schoenaich’s birches for too long.

Almost but not quite.   The image has been looming on the desktop and housewifery has hit the computer screen.  Why are they there?  Simply because over and over again the simplicity of this planting strikes me as perfect.  Lovely it is that there is nothing other than birches. Please do follow us!

St Catherine’s Hill and St Cross

The top of the hill was an Iron Age fort.  Stand there and look around.  The beech woods slide down the earthworks and delve you down into the valley of the river Itchen.  Tributaries of chalk streams of the tickled brown trout and some of the best fly-fishing in England.  Behind the hill the traffic…

And so to Columbine Hall.

Tucked away  in Suffolk behind rape fields and not far from ribbon development bungalows.  The house  takes its name not from the flower but by way of ancient association with the Norman family of de Columbers who owned the feudal manor in the 13C.  Moated houses are common in this part of England but this…

The best water features in Europe

or even the world are to be found in the hills near Rome.  For inspiration and ideas there are three gardens with which to cram a life-time of sketches and ideas.   Particularly if you could step back in time and help yourself to the purse of a Cardinal. My three favourites are these:  Diana…