Do not throw stones: a love affair with Palm Houses

In a new city, the beeline I make is to the Botanic Gardens.  Once there the homing in is on the palm house. A building that smacks of such self confidence and an era when we were on the march upwards.  In the 21st century with all the advances in construction technique and glass science,…

Ancestor Worship starts with Mordecai Cubitt Cooke

We’d made a plan to go and look at some graves.  A little  eccentric perhaps.  But in the spirit of humoring the quirks of  others,  I went along with it.    It was my mother’s firm wish to visit the place that her father’s family had come from. And so we went to Norfolk. and…

Bird on Head series one: Robert Adam

This is Edinburgh.  Overwhelmingly grey but lovely.  Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer.  Adam, not the seagull. Please do follow us!

Pattern of the DAY

Scissor-braced, seven-canted roof constructed round about 1330 at Westhall church, Suffolk. Please do follow us!

An unusual way to wean a pup

but the formula works.  Take a three day walk out of your door and into the landscape.  The dog goes too.  Leave the puppy behind in good hands. This is the east coast of England – it is falling into the sea, quite literally and makes small wave and local newspaper headlines on a regular…

My old house

is the really yellow one.  I stayed with friends on Thursday night and drove through Lavenham yesterday morning. This place was fabulously wealthy in the 15th century on the back of the wool trade.  It then became an economic backwater –  nobody could afford to knock down and improve.  There are about 400 listed timber-framed…

I have to tell you a little bit more

about Okenhill Hall, near the castled town of Framlingham.  Well, the oracle – Nikolaus Pevsner – in “The Buildings of England” – Suffolk volume –  is dustily dry:   ” with a stepped gable and dated 1552.  Two polygonal angle buttresses with polygonal finials.  (are you still with me?) Two windows with pediments, resting however…

Pattern of the DAY

A swatch of magnificent Tudor brickwork at Okenhill Hall – this is where I went today instead of tending and tilling the vegetable  plot. The house is fabulous – apparantly in the Domesday book, the garden and woods tasteful and superb and the sandwiches and cakes, the stuff of dreams. Please do follow us!