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    Garden, interiors, natural secrets, natural world, old things, photography, planning • Apr 12th, 2019

    Certainly a phase one finish in the smallest bedroom; I’m still not clear about its purpose but the process of making good is a happy one. I’m pleased with the decluttering and repurposing of things we already have like the lamp which has been renewed with fittings but is just the same old lamp base we had a while ago in the living room. The sun lingers in this west facing room so it’s nice for reading and maybe a bit of crochet late in the afternoon. I’ve wrapped the mattress in a kantha quilt and used square pillows for a daybed look. The reading nook corner is phase two, not sure how I’m going to do that. I quite like it empty. I found another Pierre Bonnard painting to admire at the Compton Verney exhibition this week, a soulful country interior where ordinary things seem magical somehow. This is how I want it to look eventually. It’s not a shop so just a few things, books, some plant material and one other item that’s hiding in a cupboard somewhere. I’m not intending to buy anything new or old. My friend has recommended a gallery in Cambridge where the exhibits are in room settings which looks very lovely from the photos on-line. It’s called Kettle’s Yard and is on my list for a bit later in the year.

    My time now though is spent outdoors either at the hives or in the garden; we have had our lawn reseeded so watering just enough at the right time of day is needed till the seed germinates; we still have the meadow grass at the back which is full of cowslips and dead nettles. I’m not convinced that a lawn is what I really want but grass is right for a back garden where we live. Now if we had a wrap around garden I’d definitely go for Cotswold stone gravel. I was inspired by the installation in the last photograph called Green Dwelling which tells the story of a settlement lost in the medieval period and later an avenue of elm trees that had to be dug up in the sixties. I wonder how I might tell the story of the Dutch barn that stood in our garden and the vegetable and fruit gardens next to it. I think they were called Dutch barns in the UK because of their curved roof structure often made of iron. The pergola is looking bare and might look better with a vine especially as there are some bricked in vine arches left further down.  And I always have tubs of tulips in the spring, think I may be stretching it here. I’ll be planting, weeding and mulching for just a bit longer and then it’s tools down as the garden becomes a green room to live in.

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