Nova Scotia revisited

Nova Scotia revisited

A happy return to Nova Scotia and Digby in particular. Pete and Pearl as hospitable as ever; Digby hardly changed – except they have a roundabout! Cause of much comment and serious reservations in the town… The new member of the family is Dylan (after Bob...
Westward Ho

Westward Ho

There are enough pictures of pretty bays and beaches but you can never have too many gardens. So here is Diffryn Fernant, near Fishguard. Go see it, says Monty Don, so we did and he’s right. It ranges from the cottage and kitchen garden areas near the house...
A Throw of the Dice: Five go to Derbyshire

A Throw of the Dice: Five go to Derbyshire

A throw of the dice, metaphorically, was what brought us to Earl Sterndale, deep in the Peak District. A few days with friends, what could be nicer? The dice were part of exhibits in the museum room at Haddon Hall – found behind the panelling in 1909. Haddon is...
Winter Break

Winter Break

Off to somewhere warm and exotic? No, not at all.  Lovely North Wales and Conwy in particular. A castle, a walled town and views over the water from the chaise long in the bedroom while sipping a glass of something…  And only four hours away.  We couldn’t...
Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Autumn has been gentle this year.  The acer hung on to its leaves for a long time until over a couple of days they all came down and covered this part of the garden like snow – in that you can’t tell path from flower bed.  The aspen then added its...
All Sculptures Great and Small

All Sculptures Great and Small

A couple of big heads at Doddington Hall – and I’m not talking about us or our visitors…  Just a couple of the two hundred or so exhibits in the gardens and outbuildings that make up the Sculpture Exhibition. The photo shows the more formal area; out...

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