5/18/2016

Spring Gardens


I know I promised a giveaway in my last post, forgive me for my prolonged absence, the giveaway will happen soon when I have caught up with myself.

It has been pleasant to spend time outdoors to enjoy the delights of spring. We have made several journeys, the first being up to Scotland to Gatehouse of Fleet, where we stayed in a small hotel by the river. The hotel was a great favourite of Dorothy L Sayers and I am told she wrote Five Red Herrings there. We travelled to nearby Kirkudbright and met up with Ruthie Redden, it was a great treat to chat with a fellow artist whom I met via this blog. There is so much to see in the hometown of Jessie King, there are art galleries a plenty, in fact Ruthie was busy preparing for a family show at The Harbour Gallery when we met.



We revisited the house and garden of E A Hornel, the garden was looking particularly splendid and we enjoyed strolling down its many paths. Broughton House has a rear view which overlooks the river whilst the front garden is in the town, so it has the best of both worlds. I pictured myself living there, well, we can dream... 


Shortly after our scottish trip we took another journey, this time down to London where we saw more botanical treats. This time at the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace where we saw an exhibition of Maria Merian's Butterflies. It was my first ever visit to the gallery and I was delighted to find this exhibition as I have admired this artist's work for many years. The exhibition runs until October, if you love exquisite detailed paintings of insects and plants combined with fabulous design skills, this exhibition will not disappoint.



Our native bluebells have been splendid this year, in between the very many showers, we managed to enjoy several walks through our nearby bluebell woods. It always amazes me that so few people know of their existence. Two years ago we scattered our little dog's ashes in a quiet corner of the wood so it is always something of a bitter sweet experience to return. This year however I did feel his determined, self assured and inquisitive little spirit walking alongside.



Last but not least, I received a copy of this lovely book by Ann Benson- "A History of Coton Manor and its garden". Ann used a modified image of my artwork on a special bookplate and she very kindly sent me a copy of the book as a gift. Ann told me that she and her mother enjoyed visiting Coton's Bluebell Woods and both enjoyed the therapeutic atmosphere. Sadly I don't live near to Northhamptonshire but I am enjoying reading all about it and it is already on my wish list. You can make a virtual visit here on the website.

Next time I write I will tell you all about a wonderful workshop I took with a Persian Miniature Painter, bye for now.

7 comments:

  1. How lovely! We've had a gorgeous spring season here as well. One of these years I will hopefully see your bluebell woods. I can relate to your feelings re: Teds(? hope I got that right) spirit. A good dog will never leave your side. The photo of the woods is stunning and I think I see a painting in it's future...hope you're well.

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    1. Hi Kerry, yes you got that right, if there is a doggy heaven then maybe Ted and Griff will be friends! You should see our bluebells one day, they are short lived but beautiful. x

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  2. Dear Val, this post is filled with topics that interested me so much. I thank you for including the links that also allowed me to learn more about places i wish I could visit in person.
    The May painting at the top of the post is very beautiful, and expresses all that we love about the month of May.
    Many thanks. xo

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    1. Hi Frances, I know you would love the Queen's Gallery in particular. Maybe next visit? x

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  3. You've been doing a lot of travelling to some interesting places:) Like you I am lucky enough to live near a large bluebell wood - two actually - and the blubells have been wonderful this year. I love the scent of bluebells.

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    1. Hi Rowan, thanks for stopping by. It has been a good year for bluebells hasn't it? Maybe all that rain!

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  4. I am so pleased that this time you picked up the memory of your dear little dog in that blue bell wood.
    I too love Spring gardens and they are at their best now aren't they?

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