We were inspired by a visit to some friend's new house and are determined that our new house will be just as gorgeous. I have known Carol since secondary school and she and her husband have just moved to Hampshire after being in their Surrey house for over 25 years. Their new home is a lovely cottage, part of it centuries old and with an enviable walled garden. We took a long weekend over Andrew's birthday and headed south. Hampshire is a county we don't really know and it is beautiful. Our first outing was to Arlesford which is famous for its watercress, we had a walk by the river and did see some watercress beds but I think they may be redundant.
|Arlesford watercress bed|
|Definitely wash before consumption!|
|Ancient fulling mill|
The area is very dog friendly and we had supper in a lovely pub where Andrew found two new admirers.
|Waiting for scraps|
The zig-zag path was created by Gilbert White (1720-1793) whose family home was The Wakes in Selbourne. White was a 'parson-naturalist' and said to be England's first ecologist. We didn't get time to visit the house but hopefully if we're invited back...
|Viewed from a distant it looked quite daunting|
|Mortimer had no problems|
|The views were gorgeous|
|The Wakes is on the right|
|St Mary's - Selbourne|
Sadly we had to leave this beautiful county after what seemed a very short weekend.
Back home I had my own ecological task to do. We have a reconstituted stone table which we bought at least two decades ago and I've loved how it has slowly weathered over the years.
|The table in April's snow|
|This pansy is less than 2 cm high|
I finally gave in to Andrew's request to clear the surface when I found that my wine glass was dangerously unstable!
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the snow, sleet and hail is behind us now. The bees are very active, too active in some ways as on last inspection they had started to produce drone cells which is one of the signs they are considering swarming. There has been an aerial highway to the nearby rape field (seen from the bathroom window) which is one of their favourite flowers. Rape honey sets quickly so I'm going to have to get it out of the hive as soon as the flowers start to die down.
So that was April. I'm hoping bedroom four will be finished by the next post and we can move on to the outside, leaving the hall and snagging until the autumn. But best laid plans etc. etc...