Tumbledown

We are staying at Trevoole, one of our favourite places in Cornwall. And because I am on holiday I can take precious time to see what’s in front of me. Outside our bedroom in the farmhouse there’s a romantically ramshackle entrance porch. Over the years the glazing has become increasingly cracked and opaque. Outside plants […]

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All Change!

They say a change is as good as a rest. Normally I’d agree with that, but the amount of turmoil we’ve had through June has left me not so much in need of a rest but intensive care. It would not have been so bad had it not been for the silly amount I’ve been […]

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Trevoole Farm – National Gardens Festival Weekend 2014

This weekend over five hundred gardens participating in the National Gardens Scheme opened their gates to raise money for nursing and caring charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Carers Trust. One of those was Trevoole Farm, Cornwall, fast becoming my adopted home in the South West. I was there to help out and […]

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Birthday Bombki

I celebrated The Frustrated Gardener’s second birthday yesterday in one of the farthest corners of Poland, near the city of Wroclaw. The countryside in the south west of the country is pastoral and green, a gently ruffled counterpane of orchards, wildflower meadows, small villages and forests. There are bees and song birds in their trillions, […]

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Daily Flower Candy – An Unknown Auricula

I am falling ever further behind with my list of posts to write, which on balance is a lot better than having nothing to say for myself. My last visit to Sissinghurst remains in draft, as does a report on the Cornwall Spring Flower Show. This week we’ve been to Tresco in the Isles of Scilly, […]

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Easter Treats at Trevoole

It’s all go at Trevoole as the team prepare for tomorrow’s opening. The gardens are full of camellias, primulas and early tulips, intermingled with slowly unfurling fern fronds and the emerging foliage of artichokes and summer perennials. There’s an Easter egg hunt for visitors that arrive early, which the kids on the farm have been preparing since the weekend. What’s […]

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Three New Projects

In my current job, holidays are pretty much an impossibility between October and the end of March. The plus side to the inevitable fatigue is being able to take all my holiday during spring and summer. I am not, and never will be a winter person; the dark days make me groggy and slightly sour. […]

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Trevoolery

We do not get back to Cornwall often enough, but the arrival of my sister’s new baby spurred us into making the five hour journey to the far South West of England by train. During our flying visit we had time to get over to Trevoole Farm, where our friends Beth and Travis have been […]

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The Very Best of 2013 – A Year In Pictures

When I wrote my equivalent post this time last year, I thought 2012 was a momentous year, but reflecting on 2013 I find the last twelve months have more than measured up.  I celebrated my 40th Birthday and over the course of the year visited 10 countries, including Nepal, India, China and Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. […]

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