Monthly Archives: May 2015

Eastbury

No it isn’t a disused rural railway station! Instead this intriguing arcaded house is all that remains of one of Baroque architect Sir John Vanbrugh’s greatest buildings. Vastly expensive and taking over 20 years to complete, Eastbury at Tarrant Gunville in … Continue reading

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The ‘smallest clever man I ever knew”….

So said John Ruskin of Edward Cooke who was mentioned in the post of May 2nd about Stumperies. Ruskin—a fellow enthusiast for the natural sciences—went on to say that Cooke was ” full of accurate and valuable knowledge in natural history … Continue reading

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Paulownia

My paulownia is in flower. Before you yawn too obviously, at a gardening bore droning on about their favourite plant of the moment, just ask yourself  if you’ve ever seen one in blossom yourself? If not – and you’d definitely … Continue reading

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A Little Chaos…

Not  being a great film buff I’m quite fussy about what new films I go and see. But a film about Andre Le Notre and the construction of the gardens at Versailles, especially one with such a distinguished cast list, … Continue reading

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Stumperies

Imagine standing a load of dead trees on their heads and ‘planting’ them in your garden.  Does it sound like a good idea? or even a sane one ? Yet yet its been done by all sorts of people on for … Continue reading

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