23 May 2013
Joining Lou again and her 'nature in the home' series. This week Lou set us a green theme, foliage and flowers. When it comes to green nothing beats euphorbia, or spurges as it's often known, it's zingy green (not all species) flowers and foliage are a riot at this time of year. I absolutely adore it and am slowly filling the garden with as many different types as I can. Sorry Lou, I didn't manage to stick to green entirely and found myself adding a few splashes of colour here and there.
[note - euphorbia has a nasty side too, it's an irritant and poisonous so always take care when handling and wear gloves]
21 May 2013
A few more pictures from our visit to Audley End. These are taken in the Victorian kitchen, laundry and dairy. I loved these rooms, the shiny copper pots and pans, the cool of the stone work surfaces, the sheen of the tiled walls and the white of the folded laundry.
I also promised to share some more links to favourite blogs of mine, click here, here and here - these are all especially good when you need a little in the way of colour [a favourite therapy of mine].
20 May 2013
A few weeks back we visited Audley End, it's not too far from where we live and has been on our list of places to visit since way back. As well as the Jacobean house, there is the Victorian kitchen, laundry, stables, parkland, gardens and an organic kitchen garden. We took a tour of the house - it's pretty amazing, so much history involving so many people I rather lost track! The rooms span different periods and fashions, some pretty gaudy, some more refined, but all totally over-the-top bonkers. A bit like the hedge in the second and third picture here. I'll share more pictures, of the kitchen, laundry and gardens in another instalment.