It's not that I've been slackering about for the better part of this year; quite the contrary. I've spent most of this year with clients, my new favourite clients in particular.
Here we are at the end of the year / start of the new year and we've restored huge tracts of their walled kitchen garden. In the next month or so I want to make a start on a new orchard.
This isn't their house - theirs is Victorian, this is Tudor; Blakesley Hall, a timber-framed house built in 1590 by Richard Smalbroke, a member of one of Birmingham’s leading merchant families. I dropped in earlier this autumn on the way to or from Birmingham airport with the Irish rellies. I rather like the juxtaposition of perfectly preserved and restored Tudor buildings, underneath the flight path of a major international airport... Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens is as bad!
One of the lovely young graduates working at Blakesley Hall has an Etsy shop, selling lovely, lovely, gorgeous things, and when she gets the mice-shaped Christmas tree hangings on there, I'm snapping the lot up. Click on into her shop TheLittleLandOfMe and check for yourself!