Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday...

I have to admit that I haven't properly been in the garden for over a week, which is part of the reason I'm sharing another of my grandparent's postcards...

I've been spending a lot of time on trains over the last fortnight, but I have also 
been trying to get in a bike ride most days. This morning's bike ride ( ahead of the train journey I'm currently on ) was so beautiful; there were so many Hawthorn berries about, and the lichen was looking very fresh...

...the cycle path is full of wild flowers which I sort of thought must have finished by now because of the amount of Autumn berries about...

but, onto the postcard...
I can't quite decipher all of it but here is what I can make of it:

6pm Wednesday 11th September 1935 ( posted at 6:30 from Tenby to my Grandfather staying in Guernsey )


Hello Buddy Dear,
Have just returned from o.f ! Such a glorious ride.
Won't Cov seem flat when we get back? Haven't heard any more about getting back, Stones think 8am. Please come home safely love won't you?
Did you hear about Alan Cobham display at Blackpool? 1 pilot killed, also 2 passengers.
Rough sea and high tide tonight. Hope it won't be out for your crossing.
Best of love once more, love.
Ever with love, your Baby xxx





Hope you all have a great weekend...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday...with a Workshop Day Ahead


So, I’ve finally put together a workshop!

I think of my photographs as visual poetry or haiku which develop from feelings rather than meanings and which reflect the seasons, the light and a sense of the everyday.
It’s so important for a creative mind to have a starting point or to discover new points of influence as they help you to keep developing your own visual voice...
 ...and that’s basically what I’m aiming to encourage people to do.

There will obviously be a lot of tea readily on tap, and in the morning we’ll be working on detailed looking, as well as photographically documenting plants... ( I'll be there to give you all the tips you need ).
I feel it’s so important to actually spend the time looking at plants in much more detail than you may think necessary; finding their names and really documenting what they look like...and who they are!
This way when we come to arrange table pieces later on you will have formed personal relationships with the plants and how they grow, which will then in turn lend itself to the harmony of composition...


Lunch will be provided ( homemade soup, bread and salad )...

...and I'll be providing lots of winter flowers and foliage to choose from, as well as some vintage props, ceramics and inspirational books, but if there is something special you'd like to bring to the table please do, as everyone will get to work on their own wooden table...
The workshop is from 10 - 4pm at Knoyle Hall in Brighton on Sat 8th November and costs £80.
Places are limited, so if you would like to book a place, please e-mail: 
( info@philippastanton.com ) to receive a booking conformation.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday...with a mystery nut

This morning I went on a walk in the woods with Emma who writes the A Quiet Style blog, and who also lives in Brighton...
We didn’t take many photos at all, although it was part and parcel to collect leaves, sticks and berries...and then we saw this tree and some of its fallen fruit...

Neither of us knew what it was, although the fruit hung in a similar way to a horse chestnut...
...but obviously wasn’t one.
I thought it may be an almond...
so I cut one open when I got home to try and find some sort of clue...
I still couldn’t work it out:
The nut case looked a bit like a walnut, but the leaves didn’t match.
I compared a walnut I’d brought home from Italy but to no avail.
The nut inside looked a little like an almond but again the leaves didn’t match.
The leaves definitely looked like nut leaves, but I searched through books and the web and just couldn’t identify it...


My neighbour popped round with some pears and also became intrigued so has taken pictures and a leaf away, so he can have a look through his giant tree book!
But if anyone out there knows what it is, please, please let me know!

We also came across some Yew.
I have held a lifelong fear of yew ever since my mother told me in about 1978, that it was deadly poisonous, then reading an article out loud from the local paper which told us about a boy who had fatally eaten the berries.
I always used to hold my breath under yew trees, in case a berry accidentally fell in...and I accidentally swallowed it!
I also picked up some tiny apples and hawthorn berries, as well as a feather for luck!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thursday...

The garden is completely changing at the moment...there are very few flowers left although the nasturtiums are still amazing, and the californian poppies are still going but with very small flowers.
There are buds on the dahlia and perennial wallflowers, but on the whole the abundance of summer flowers has gone...

So I’ve been looking further afield for the Autumnal colour today, and as everything seems to fall during Autumn there is loads just to pick up off the ground at the moment... or even have a quick snip at!

I picked the last substantial haul of my blackberries yesterday ( and my son then polished them off after school when I wasn’t looking...)


I picked some of the Oxalis from the kitchen windowsill and one chocolate cosmos to reflect the purples from the blackberries...as well as the last of the field scabious
I bought this wild geranium in August as I really remember it from a house I lived in when I was little and so used a few of the flowers...
 but left these poppy seed heads for another time... 

The blackberries have left their mark on the table which I sort of reckon is all part of this time of year...

...but out today on the bike I found conkers, firethorn berries, spindleberrycrab apples, rosehips, leaves and elderberries...
added some physalis, sedum and nasturtium ( from the garden ), grapes, and coffee, as well as an old orange-painted key from the house I mentioned before ( it’s one of my favorite keys... )
...actually the coffee hadn’t quite made it from the cafitiere at this point!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday...with Conkers

This was my first conker this year...
...and once I'd stopped to pick it up, I couldn't stop!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday...

Whilst I was away the Hogweed had been bleached and dried in the sun, which really confirmed an Autumnal feel to the garden... 


The succulents had to be rescued on my return...
as the snails had completely eaten this one along with an Aloe Vera which is not even visible now...
Frogs seem to have taken over the garden too, which is odd as I don’t even have a pond...just an old metal dustbin which I have to rescue them from on an almost daily basis...
The Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is doing its thing too...
I’d bought some roses last week for a project I’ve been working on, and I’ve discovered a very useful thing...if you spray them with water, put them in a tupperware tub with the lid on, and then in the fridge they stay really fresh, even if it’s just the heads
I’ve also been utilising pieces of oasis for the roses as I don’t like lopping their heads off...
This David Austin Rose however, was one that I spotted a gardener in the park pruning last Friday, so I just asked if I could have it and then she also gave to two ruse buds as well...I really didn’t mean to break it’s head off, but in the process of trying to angle it, it broke...I felt awful but at least the rose in the fridge trick has meant that it hasn’t died...