Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Heaven On Earth

Hello again,

The weather is really beautiful this week at Shingle Cottage and the sky and sea are blue,washing is outside blowing in the breeze and i am freshening up the cladded walls in our beach cottage in a soft antique white paint....


Today would be a perfect day to drive not too far from Shingle Cottage to a chalky white path on a cliff top over looking the sea....


With big skies...


And views of blue sea....

With six miles of white hard chalk cliffs.....


That take your breath away and are a hundred feet high in places.....

With crashing waves and calling sea birds gliding below.....


And secret caves....


And nesting birds.....


With  round padded green grass tops.....


And wonderful views and walks for as far as the eye can see.....


It's a sight to behold and another little piece of 'Heaven On Earth'.....here is a little film i made so you can see just how lovely it all is....



I hope you are well and enjoying your week....

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?...

XxX

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Walled Garden


Hello again,

In early April i wrote a post titled Easter Weekend and told you all about our plans to have our own little walled rose garden here at Shingle Cottage,we have had many a lovely weekend over the years wandering around historical houses and gardens that have inspired me in many ways and i wanted to share a dreamy old walled garden that we love to visit...

Burton Agnes Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan stately home built between 1598 and 1610 it has been described as 'the perfect English house' and as one of the  twenty best English houses alongside Windsor castle,Buckingham palace and Chatsworth house.


Steve and Beatrix walking up to the house from the entrance,isn't it wonderful? 


Burton Agnes Hall is stunningly beautiful inside and out...


Beautiful old statuary,pink hydrangea,pea gravel paths and manicured lawns,it is when walking around breath taking...

The architecture is so detailed,just look at those brick chimneys,i think that's what i love most about the past,everything was beautiful....


As you walk you can hear the splashing of the fountains and birds song.....


Woodland walks.....Do you see the wooden bench beneath the huge redwood tree?


The gentle mooing of wandering Cows....this really is a piece of heaven on earth...


An artist in residence.....

Beautiful ponds filled with statues and fountains...


And flowering water lilies being visited by the bumble bees.....


The four towers you can see is the entrance where Steve and Beatrix were walking toward the house,just below the towers on the right is an arched gateway into the walled garden....


I love this it's so secret garden..... 


As you enter there is a vegetable garden with runner beans and sweet peas climbing skyward,this is looking back and you can see Burton Agnes Hall and the woodland makes the most beautiful back drop...


long walkways with rose arches,lined with day lilies,salvia,delphiniums to name but a few...


Rambling roses covering old log arbors and stone urns filled with flowers...


At the bottom of my bed on the mantle piece of the little pink fireplace is this beautiful painting titled 'Cottage Garden' by the very talented artist Christie Repasy...i am blessed to call Christie my friend and she sent the painting to me and Steve for our cottage warming present,Christie is such a kind and wonderful friend and her parcel made me cry when i opened it,i kept our painting wrapped up until the day we moved into Shingle Cottage so i would always remember that special feeling,Christie's painting is the first thing i see when i wake up and the last thing i see when i go to sleep...my Dad always said there is one painting in the world for everyone and i know this is mine,i think it's the most beautiful garden ever painted.....

If you would like your very own 'Cottage Garden' painting here is a link to Christie's online store Cottage Garden


Every time i looked at the rose arbors i thought of Christie's 'Cottage Garden' painting....imagine if Christie was the artist in residence,everyone would buy some plants and a painting on the way out...


borders all in colour palettes,here it was lilacs and pinks....


Views through to fountains and other little gardens....


Delphiniums and rambling roses and the buzzing of bees and blackbirds calling....

Where to next? have we been this way before? path after path it's just wonderful....there is even a maze...


The blue of the delphinium against the old wall of the garden....


I loved this view below it made you feel like you were in the middle of no where,it's so fairytale....


Hollyhocks and French hollyhocks too....to the left of the red hollyhock is a smaller purple flower known as the French hollyhock i brought one home with me from the plant stall on my way out to plant in my garden at Shingle Cottage....


The girl in the fountain,i adore this its just magical to me....


So much beauty,walled gardens are always  a delight for the senses,the the smell of roses and flowers wafting on the air,the sounds of bees buzzing,birds singing and the eye doesn't know where to look next...out in the sunshine daydreaming here and day dreaming there you can feel the sun has caught your arms and cheeks....time seems to stop in a walled garden....

Through little archways there are games to be played and enjoyed while roses bloom and clematis play peek a boo.....


Anyone want to play chess?...this chess set is surrounded by a walkway covered in climbers and rambling roses....


Walking underneath this is the view above,clusters of roses and flashes of sunshine,the air is cooler here which makes the hairs stand up on your neck after being out in the heat of the sun,you can smell the cool damp pathways below....


The little girl fountain with goldfish basking in the July sunshine....i often stay here a while,gazing and thinking...


Back out into the sun light clusters of rambling roses in pinks and soft whites and the perfume ahhhh....


Do you see the urn in the middle of the pathway under the arbor below? always something to draw the eye....i love the crazy paving pathways they remind  me of old embroidered table cloth paths...


 The old walls are covered in moss and grasses which softens it into the garden,everything blends into one big picture,look at that clematis so beautiful....


Huge blooms with old rose fragrance....cup them with your hands and smell that wonderful scent....


Delicious perfume  from sweetpeas and standard rose bushes covered in pink blooms...


Delphinium and hollyhocks and the towers in the background watching over the walled garden...



Cranberry roses that make you stay a while.....


Pretty pink roses rambling along side honeysuckle.....


You wouldn't know so much beauty was hiding behind this wisteria covered wall would you?


As we left with our French hollyhock and gravel crunching under foot,we talked about the beauty we had just seen and Steve listed plants he would like to grow in the gardens at Shingle Cottage......i listened as we strolled along but in my head i was day dreaming.....one day i would plant my very own romantic walled garden i thought with dreamy rambling roses...


I have a lot of work to do don't i ;)

Our roses have been delivered and we are planting up the new rose bed that Steve made on Easter weekend,i hope you are all well and enjoying your week.

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?

XxX