Sunday, 10 February 2013


Some of you might have read that we have sold South Acres Farm.  We have lived here for eight years, have renovated the old house and created a beautiful 5 acre garden from scratch.  We would have loved  two more years but it sold sooner than expected.  I will miss the quiet of the countryside, the clean air, misty afternoons, the birds and even the cows!.  

The interesting thing about the 'missing' of something, is that this 'missing' seems to happen before the actual separation occurs.  I have had a lovely quiet reflective day here on the farm.  The perfect morning - warm and breezy was a good reason to take a cup of tea outside and enjoy the birdsong and the soft light....first signs of autumn.  After sitting awhile and  feeling a little nostalgic about things,  I took the camera and started wandering around the garden  accompanied by Bunny and Penny, looking closely and remembering the planning and planting of each and every tree and plant.  Below are a few of many many photos taken today and some memories and thoughts   

A good cup of tea..

looking at this

I will paint these (there are 2)  a different colour

I have loved this potting shed!

Box cuttings for the next garden!

They are coming with me!

taller than me!
so many happy morning teas here in the shade!

Might repeat this combination - Hydrangea Paniculata and Hosta
This H. paniculata is the only plant from the original garden

The agonies when we pruned the Limes too harshly and waited for ages for the pleaching to happen!

I prefer the sedum (Autumn Joy)  just before they colour, as they tend to collapse .. although their lovely russet autumn colours are lovely too.

the March lily.. a favourite

only a few glimpses of the farm as the Rill has almost closed itself off from the rest of the garden

happiness - they love the farm/garden

   Just some of the many, many trees we have planted 
the roof never did "grey"... I stopped the painting (sealing)  of the whole tea house,   but too late for the roof!
I have loved collecting the Carlton ware!

after 7 years,  these Planes have trebled in size.

The Lime Walk - from the other side. 

Back inside the old cottage - always cool, always home...

Hopefully, I have begun dealing with the 'missing' process and all that  remains is for me to look forward to the planning the next garden - a tiny one this time!