Category Archives: Art

Hello Again

Back to my Blog!  I’ve missed it myself, though I wonder if anyone else has? It’s been “resting”- I only wish I had been too. This revival is due partly to the New Year, but also to the feeling that … Continue reading

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Memories of a Maiden Aunt

Many years ago my husband Sandy and I paid a visit to his Scottish aunt.  Auntie Jenny was a large and formidable lady of trenchantly conservative opinions and a bit scary: it didn’t do to disagree.  One of her favourite … Continue reading

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Transformed by Snow

The garden in Winter has its charms, but the garden covered is snow is magical: it even smells and sounds quite different. This is when the architecture – the ‘bones of the garden’ – stands out with clarity. There is … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Japan

It’s three months since I returned from Japan: it’s time to reflect on the experience. I found Japan to be an exciting but paradoxical place. I would urge anyone to go – to experience a culture very different from our … Continue reading

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The Japanese ‘Viewing’ Garden

The ‘Viewing Garden’ – often called the Zen Garden – is unique to Japan. Whereas the stroll garden has parallels in Western culture, this is something quite different – not a garden for sitting in or walking round, but one … Continue reading

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I Write Therefore I Am

I’ve just been reading Jane Scorer’s post on thinkinGardens on the reasons why she writes about gardening. It has stimulated me to examine my own motivation. Many years ago (more than I care to admit) I wrote a monthly gardening column … Continue reading

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The Stroll Garden in Japan

A visit to a ‘stroll garden’ is a carefully choreographed affair. You walk around the garden by a prescribed route which presents the visitor with a series of beautifully composed views.  Everything is carefully considered – the exact position of … Continue reading

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