Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Monk's House ....

When we arrived in Sussex last year, a visit to Monk's House was high on my list. Especially after watching the beautiful television series Life in Squares about the Bloomsbury group 
A mini-series about the story of the close and often fraught relationship between sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.

Like other notable authors, Virginia wrote in a wooden "writing lodge" tucked into the orchard garden, where she was surrounded by wonderful views.

Again we were so very lucky with the weather and ate our lunch overlooking the apple orchard under 'the guidance' of Virginia and Leonard Woolf.

Afterwards we visited the house where a friendly guide gave us a tour. 

But first I fell in love with the greenhouse near the entrance.

Lastly, we visited the allotment with a magnificent view.

You might also like to watch this video about the Virginia Woolf's house . 
It was such an inspiring visit and hope our upcoming holiday will bring us just the same.

Our first week we will stay in the Peak District and Chatsworth House and Garden will be one of the things we will definitely visit.

During our holiday the shop will still be open for all your orders, which will all be dispatched on our return.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us by email.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017


With only a few weeks before we leave for our annual trip to my beloved England,
 it's high time to make a start with the two Blog posts
 - I promised myself to write - of our trip last year.

One of them is about our wonderful visit to the beautiful estate Stourhead
 of which you can read more about its origins here.
 This was our first view when we entered this 'living work of art'.

Inspired by the work of 16th-century architect Palladio,
 this five-arched stone bridge was built in 1762.
 Although ornamental, the bridge was intended to look practical. 
It was designed to create an illusion that a river flows through the village and under the bridge.

Being there at Summer time there was so much variety of flowers.

Although we were there in high season, it seemed like it was just us and the birds.

The beautiful Temple of Apollo , nowadays often used as wedding venue.

The beautiful Pantheon across the lake designed by Henri Flitcroft
modelled by the original in Rome.

And its indoors.

The cascade was added in 1766 as a decorative way to carry surplus water
 from the main lake down to the lower pond in Turner’s Paddock.

In the distance the Temple of Flora, dedicated to the Roman goddess of flowers and spring.
 This temple was the first garden building erected by Henry Hoare II between 1744 and 1746.
 Over the doorway the Latin inscription reads ‘Keep away, anyone profane, keep away’.
 Henry asks you to enter his garden in the right spirit.

The Gothic Cottage, affectionately called the Watch Cottage, was Alda's
favourite place to write.

We had a lovely picnic at this spot, accompanied by all kind of wildlife.

Next stop was a visit to the impressive Family Home

The library with a gorgeous view through the window seat.

All around the house there were such friendly volunteers who happily told us the
 (family) story of the former residents, especially about the family room.

There was a lot of entertaining (as a lovely lady volunteer told us) in this room.
 Especially for the injured soldiers who returned from the war.
 The former residents had a soft spot regarding them because of their only son
 who died during the First World War.

Apart from all other art a lovely painting of Stonehenge

We concluded our day here with a visit to the walled garden of the house.

To have a greenhouse like this.

Serious shed envy.

My first ever photographed swallow.

It was such a lovely step back in time. Although it's quite some time ago,
 it brought back wonderful memories and can't wait to make some more.

Next post will be about Monk's House, much smaller but just as beautiful.
Hope you will join me again!