'Come inside...' - the inviting interior of the potting shed at Mottisfont
In the middle of summer, this is the sort of day that holidaymakers hate and gardeners love. It is pouring down with rain, has been since 8 am and is well settled in to go on for the rest of the day.
It can be miserable to be away from home and all that is familiar in this sort of weather, trying to find something to do with the children - or without - that is under cover. But if you are a gardener, you can always retire - to the greenhouse, the potting shed or the summerhouse!
Here are some images - from home and away - of the cosy pleasures that can be gained when taking shelter from the rain. The first are from the walled garden at Mottisfont Abbey, where the National Trust have called in theatrical designers to reconstruct a potting shed; it is part of their 'Storyscape Project' and many of the articles in there allude to the accomplished horticulturalist and rose-grower Graham Stuart Thomas, who set up the collection of Old Roses in the walled garden at Mottisfont in the 1970's.
Notebooks and illustrations of Old Roses
Terracotta pots and tins for seeds...essential minutiae in old gardens
The second are much closer to home - the latest incarnation of the summerhouse here at the cottage - also, in its own way, a Storyscape; a place where my friends sit with me, tell me their own stories and conjure up new ones from the inspiration they (and I) get there, surrounded by peace, quiet, harp music, wildlife and books.
Some new pictures added to the wildlife collection
'Spring Spirit' - Hares by Jane Keay - a two pound greeting card in a one pound frame...
A place for fairies and fancy - but don't be late for a very important date!
Twinkly lights and candleholders - (new ones bought for pennies, bearing images of my favoured dragonflies)
It's just a tiny space, but I do have such fun creating a place for pondering and creativity. If you also have a much loved little refuge - do tell me something about it!
The most important furnishings in any room...