Brockley Market and the Horniman Museum & Gardens

Enormous sunflowers in Brockley, London

I was determined, despite my cold, to get outside on Saturday because it was going to be sunny.  Surely this time it was going to be our last chance before 6 months of grey wintery dark London?  So we started in Brockley, as we had wanted to go to the market for a while and we lucked out as it was their first birthday.  It was rammed with people but they had a great band playing and a very festive atmosphere.  We bought cheese and bread and went on our merry way.  We walked over to Browns of Brockley for some lunch.  Browns is a very pleasant cafe near Brockley station and I would recommend stopping by if you’re in the area.  Their cakes looked particularly exceptional.

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We then headed over to Forest Hill to visit the Horniman Museum and Gardens.  By this point the sun was exceptionally bright so it was hard to get any photos (on my phone!!) that were not over exposed.  Not ideal, but a few passed the cut.  The Horniman is at the top of a hill, and has great views of the City of London, in addition to a lovely sunken ‘Dye’ garden (which I just could not capture on camera because the sun was so bright), a vegetable and herb garden and a meadow.  The museum itself has a wonderfully eccentric collection and is a South London treasure.

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Friday Scout

Can't resist a photobooth.  I really need a hair cut.

I am down with my second cold in as many months.  I shouldn’t be surprised as I ran myself ragged over the last couple of weeks getting wedding fair stuff done.  We didn’t take the camera which was a real shame as Hagley Hall is a delightful spot, with its own church and deer park… unfortunately you couldn’t really wander around too much but it made for a very charming meander up the driveway!

Anyway, here are some nice things:

Florals at a New York wedding

Photo blog by James Bowden

The Oyler House (video).  I miss the stars so much.

Common Ground Country Fair profile on the NY Times

AND, I am massively excited that Great Dixter are having a Dachshund Fun Show alongside their Plant Fair on Sunday 7th October.  I AM SO THERE.

Textile birds by Abigail Brown

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Abigail Brown creates beautiful hand made textile birds from her studio at Cockpit Arts, Holborn in London.  Pictured here are a Robin, Quail, Blue Tit, a Golden Oriole and a couple of her colourful ‘standard’ birds. She exhibits her work around the world as well as selling her creatures through her online shop.

I’m tempted to commission a black swan…

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Friday Scout

Happy Friday.  I am busy busy prepping for a wedding fair next weekend, so this is going to be brief, but I am hoping that Andy Warhol and his dwarf sunflowers will make up for that! Here is some good stuff:

Photographs of Prinzessinnengärten, an urban garden centre in Berlin

The mysteries and pleasures of growing a garden – a lovely piece in the NZ Herald featuring advice from garden designer Xanthe White

A visit to Daylesford Organic Farm on Gardenista

A treehouse for birds and people

London roof gardens on the Telegraph 

And also on the Telegraph, Mary Berry’s garden (I have so much love for the Great British Bake Off).