Places of the Mind:British museum:

The exhibition of watercolour paintings at the British Museum  is worth a visit.

I have only just started art lessons.

I have tried landscapes ,seascapes and industrial landscapes.

Subtle colour appeals to me.

So does producing delicate work.

This is why this exhibition interested me.

It was my first visit to the Museum.

Adults from many countries were there.

It is a good venue for children. There is space for everybody.

Art is a treasure for all.

Go and see works by Paul Nash, John Singer Sergent,Whistler Helen Allingham and much more.

You may find that you come away with a desire to try watercolour painting yourself.

My garden: Shedding some new light.

This week i have been casting an eye over my garden.

When a new fence was put up they cut through the cable for the lights.

This has been mended but some of the lights have water in them.

I will replace these with silver metallic “up-lights”.

These look more modern.

It is very important to use a good electrician.

Also,last year I installed a Gravel Garden.

The tall rectangular planter in metal looks very good planted with grasses and tulips. “Less is more”.

Hopefully the roses I transplanted will bring a touch of colour in the front garden.

As gardeners it is good to take a look at your garden and see what could be improved.

Why not give it a try!


Inside: Outside.

The warmer weather  will help us to concentrate our minds on sitting and eating outside.

This means keeping warm and possibly eating.

Burners come in many shapes and sizes.

The Bushman Burner looks good.

Mount it on a plinth with wood underneath.

Zeno wood burners are metal to give the rusty metal look.

These are free standing and making great focal points.

Fires built into a wall are very attractive.

Lastly appliances like The Big Green Egg are wonderful in bringing the kitchen outdoors.

Again these can be built into features in the garden that make the whole area seem like a kitchen.

Gardens have become an extension to the house.

If you need more space it is a great idea.


The Art of the Garden:USA.


American Impressionist Art developed at the same time as that in France. 

Many artists visited Monet at Giverngy.

Between 1875 and 1920 Industrial Progress produced a new Middle Class in the NE Seaboard of the USA.

Gardens became a feature.

Woman felt they could leave the indoor seclusion of the house to work outside.

They became gardeners and even Garden Designers.

Artist began to paint outside.

They painted what they saw.

Artist communities where places where these artists could inspire each other .

Horticulture improved and new species pf plants were introduced.

The gardens were full of colour.

Thus the Art of Gardening started in the USA.

It now forms a very important branch of the Gardening Story.

There is good work in there somewhere!

This is my reaction to the Hockley exhibition at Tate Britain .

There is, if only you get chance to see it.

The exhibition was over subscribed.

This made it impossible to view the work.

It was worse than trying to view gardens at the RHS Chelsea flowers show.

The landscapes were amazing.

As were the life drawings.

I was glad that I had seen a TV programme about his work.

It was impossible to study the work.

Maybe there has been overkill on this.

I expect the promoters are much happier than the professionals ,who wanted to gain some professional development from this experience.

The Tate needs to get the balance right.

My week.


Sometimes I feel compelled to write about happenings with my business.

This week is one of them.

  1. Be sure to respect the process laid down by the garden designer. After years of running my business I am still surprised by the number of people who do not respond to the correct order of doing things.
  2. My telephone call to the client always includes a reference to the order of procedures.
  3. It still amazes me how people decide to do things their way and disregard any format set out by me.
  4. This is always an indication of what they will be like.
  5. Most often this results in  me leaving this work in favour of that which is more rewarding.
  6.  Destress with an ART Trip.
  7. This morning I went to the Usher gallery in Lincoln. 
  8. Two works caught my eye.
  9. One was entitled”Beech trees and healing”It was a collection of beech leaves taken throughout the year.
  10. Another was a collection of photographs by Andy Galsworthy. He often takes Natural topics for his work.

By the end of my visit I had forgotten any work related stress and came back with a feeling of relaxation.

A fair deal: Fair trade.

Shared Interest aims to alleviate poverty by enabling people in remote and disadvantaged communities to trade and earn a living.

They lend money to farmers to buy seeds and fertilisers.

When the farmers sell their products they can pay back the loan.

Participants include:

Cocoa, fruit and vegetable farmers.

The developed world can aid  undeveloped countries by funding these participants. The investment is worth it.

At the end of Fair Trade Week

perhaps some of you will want to look into how you can help.