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grape vine

Is it possible to be busy and lazy at the same time?

Still spending most of my time outdoors….

culling through stone in huge wired bins to find

the last few I need for edging and stepping stones…

Architectural salvage

Also on the lookout for unique pieces of architectural salvage

like this piece I found about fifteen years ago at a cast-stone company’s

yard sale. Placed at the base of an espaliered apple tree, water over-spills to

deeply water the tree, leaving a few inches behind for the birds to flit about in…

Shallow enough to step through the garden on…with or without shoes…

Tyson Bennison Regency house in Battersea

A Tyson Bennison chandelier hanging from a Wisteria draped pergola

poised artfully over the stone table in his Regency house courtyard

in Battersea (South London).

British House and Garden July '10

cropped view…

Photograph Alun Callender

British House and Garden July 2010

stone table

My own (cast) stone table…and cement ball… had a very good day at that stone yard sale all those years ago! Still regret the French fireplace mantle that was swiped out from under my nose.The table is not an easy piece to move…and often the subject of my husband’s ridicule. More at Lavender Harvest here and Fall Dining Outdoors here

Hillside pool

Trying to figure out how to

make this happen in our yard…

Need to get that DIY home pool book…

is it out yet?

Sombreuille

Roses are the perfect frill for stone walls…

and hard lines…

Mme Ernest Calvat BourbonTremulous atop an arch in the early morning sunshine…

Antique Bourbon rose Madame Ernest Calvat and a white Clematis…

earlier in Rosy Gardens here

Grape arbor

The garden seen through the unschooled grape vines…

no stern mistress to keep them in check…

Feel like a grade school kid set loose for the summer…

How about you?

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