In bloom

Our garden is looking flipping glorious right now. I love it when it suddenly bursts into flower. The lady who owned the house before us was obviously an incredible gardener because it’s basically wall to wall posy material.

I decided to trim these self-set aquilegias out of a hedge so I could actually see them. I shoved them haphazardly into a vase with some euphorbia and some other random bits and bobs and don’t they look beautiful? Yeah that cherry/thing/twig(?) looks a bit droopy but I love those colours.

While we were crawling about on the lawn, this Hawthorn shield bug introduced itself to us (that’s not my hand, btw. I have full sized hands). The lilac is full of them, they’re great. Have you ever had one land on you? BZZZzzz…Thwack! They’re so heavy and cumbersome, they’re ridiculous!

Other things that have happened this week and within the same colour scheme include meeting this fabulous tree, and purchasing some lovely new summer slippers. Mmm, snug.

And finally, the Bank Holiday this week means I’ve had time to sort out my printer settings, so prints and cards will be available very soon!

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8/9/11: Haddon Hall

Haddon hall sketch

Oh my goodness, look how pretty Haddon Hall is.

Look at it. Look at its pretty flowers. The inside of the house is absolutely beautiful as well, obviously, but all my photos were rubbish. You’ll just have to visit it yourself. Or Google it?

15th Century fresco seccoe in the Chapel. Thinking about doing something like this to one of the walls of our 1950s semi.

This house is just too pretty. Imagine living there though, with all those people outside taking photos and blogging about it. Annoying.

‘Do you come here often?’ Not often enough, my friends! (They didn’t have a ‘Vernon’ keyring in the gift shop, can you believe it?!). Good hommity pie in the restaurant though (also the best toilets. For reals… I was going to take a photo but I’m not quite that weird. You will have to visit to appreciate them. Go to Chatsworth, Hardwick etc., first though so you have a frame of reference).

I did a little sketch in the garden. It’s not as pretty as the real thing. How could it be?
More info on Haddon Hall here.

SHEEP! By the river at Grindleford on the way home. Always good to get a photo of the local sheeps. They’re quite chunky ones.

 
 
 
Edit for Brontë  and film-fact fans: Haddon Hall was used as the location for Thornfield in the 2011 (Fassbender) adaptation of Jane Eyre. It was also used in Pride and Prejudice 2005 (Keira Knightley), The Other Boleyn Girl and, my favourite, the Princess Bride.