Friday Scout

We’re back! Despite the shitty wet weather in the South West we got around a fair bit (posts to follow).  Above is an image of Coleton Fishacre near Dartmouth on the only really nice day we had.

I had an intense internet catch up last night while we ate cheese from Paxton and Whitfield and some Somerset ales we picked up in Bath. Here are some good bits:

Simple Village Girl pays a visit to Meryton, (or Lacock in Wiltshire)

Design*sponge visits homesteading author, Ashley English, at her home

Warren Street window boxes on Through the Garden Gate

Thousand Peaks Ranch on Age Old Tree

Travels tips for Berlin and Spreewald on the Frolic blog

Quiet Days in Chianti from Ben Pentreath

Skiary: a wild retreat in Scotland

Look at this place. I can feel the tension in my shoulders going just looking at this photograph. This is Skiary in Loch Hourn in Scotland, a guesthouse in which there is no electricity and you can only reach by foot or boat. I discovered the existance of Skiary via the Guardian’s travel article on remote retreats sans wifi and other modern conveniences. I have always wanted to visit Scotland so maybe I will have to devise a plan to visit next summer.  They have a great facebook page with more images which I encourage you to check out.

Friday Scout

A busy week with a light at the end of the tunnel: we’re on holiday from tomorrow for a week!  Hooray.  We do have terrible luck with holidays and weather though, as I believe Somerset, where we are heading, will be wet wet wet.  We have a few garden visits planned and I am looking forward to sharing them here.

Here are some bits and bobs that I have collected this week:

A Hidden Garden in Brooklyn on Gardenista

An Artist’s Life on a Small Family Farm, a video from Food Farm Earth

Mini nurseries on the Telegraph

A newly discovered blog: beauty that moves

Amy Merrick’s blog is always amazing, here is some of her floristry work and some words about city living

Lovely feather garlands on Fig & Fauna

A visit to the Chelsea Physic Garden in London on Seeds and Stiches

Photographs from the Wilderness Festival by Quaint Living

Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, Surrey

Richmond is a really nice day trip for those visiting or living in London, particularly because the wonderful Petersham Nurseries is just a short detour from the river Thames and a visit is worthwhile even if you’re not purchasing plants.  They have a Michelin star awarded restaurant and a low key teahouse – I have yet to eat at the restaurant but every dish I have had from the teahouse has been delicious. We went for lunch (at the teahouse) on Sunday with a relative visiting from New Zealand and it was very sunny and very, very hot and a bit of a respite from the busy river’s edge.