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‘Peto, build me a pergola!’

  A glorious day at West Dean gardens Time for the annual visit to the gardens at West Dean, just north of Chichester, for which the Edwardian architect and landscape designer, Harold Peto, designed a stunning pergola for owner and philanthropist Edward James. I met my husband at West Dean, in 1984, when the gardens […]

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Sketches in the margin…

Last year I started buying antique documents and experimenting with paper collage and a little mixed media. One document was so exquisite I had it printed across a width of linen and made a bolster, embroidering a little in the margins – my first attempt at machine embroidery (I have been doing a lot more […]

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A visit to Sissinghurst castle

I have been to Sissinghurst many times, but it is always more fun to go back with someone for whom it is a first visit. My friend Jane shares my passion for plants. I have been with friends who like gardens, who stop and admire the larger view, but this was the first time I […]

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The midnight clear

All right, this is not about home – other than to express my gratitude for having one as another midnight passes into Christmas Day. My favourite carol is “It came upon a midnight clear”, unique among carols of its time in that it does not mention the birth of Jesus. Indeed it was written as […]

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