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We are delighted to be be able to announce that we are hosting the launch of Anne Kelly’s latest book -Textile Natureon  Sunday 26th June 2016 , 1pm until 5pm.Anne and a number of the artists who collaborated with her and whose work feature in the book should also be here  to enjoy the garden .

Anne Kelly Detail from Natural History Waistcoat

 

Anne Kelly Bags Quilt

We were very lucky to have welcomed Anne as our Artist in Residence at Sussex Prairies in 2014 ,and Sussex Prairies ,and the influence it had on Anne’s work is beautifully documented in the book.

Jennifer Collier Birdhouse

Jennifer Collier Birdhouse

As gardeners and designers we are continually exploring nature in all its forms , textures and hues in the natural gardened world . From the smallest of stem colours,shapes and textures to the largest of leaves and flower structures we are exploring the endless possibilities of pattern and texture.

Hillary Waters "Untitled"

Hillary Waters “Untitled”

This has been our inspiration in creating a huge living and dynamic natural ‘canvas’ here at Sussex Prairies. In the same way we can clearly identify with both Anne and many of the textile lovers and creators who come to our garden to visit and run workshops.

Specimen Box Jane Nicholas

Specimen Box Jane Nicholas

Lovers of the natural living world will also be inspired by the focus on birds, insects and wildlife in the book  and we are very pleased to have created a link with Sussex Wildlife Trust who will joining us for that day as part of their ’30 Days Wild’ initiative. Sussex Wildlife Trust will be holding a raffle  that day and you will have a chance to win an Anne Kelly original piece of artwork , as well as artwork from other artists featured in the book.

http://www.annekellytextiles.com

 

 

 

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escaped again

Escaped again !

wake up to glorious morning of sunshine , standing at the window looking out on to the newly planted and growing perennial meadow, and the sheep calmly grazing on it and wandering across the drive … WHAT ? what are those sheep doing there ? it is the boys of course ..(Curly, Curly’s Brother, Wills ,Satan and Zebra) (bizarrely Magnus the ram is too much of a wimp and is back in the paddock bellowing his head off in frustration) (another dent to his manhood the big old pussycat)  and they have escaped again… and wrecking our new border… howls of rage ensue from Paul who threatens fire and brimstone on their heads and rushes out in his pants to get them off the new plants(munched stumps by now).. hope b and b guests still safely tucked up in bed rather than be party to this spectacle ! probably not as Paul bellows like a madman with a colourful scottish lexography to match ! imagine guests at the window thinking why are we staying in this place with these two mad people !! and how soon can we escape !thankfully manage to usher them all (the sheep rather than the guests !)back to the paddock with huge bucket of food and not too much pantomime. This was after showdown in the woods (Miss Pig and Mr Zebra I presume )en route with the pigs ,where Zebra and the pigs take an immediate and mutual dislike of each other and I fear for a dramatic pig breakout to further complicate the situation. Throw bucket of carrots to the pigs as early breakfast  and we can stand down to defcon 2 situation. Living on a knife edge with animals seems to be par for the course . Remind myself ,as limp back from wood/bramble/mud/pig wrestling that I am living the dream !

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sensational drama on the dangerous road bend today ,as a  giant oak limb fell, for no reason, (well maybe through stress of lack of water ) on to the road ! luckily the very nice boys from our Olus composting crew took the brilliant initiative (don’t you just love men and big machinery ) and shoved  the big thing off into our woodside verge, thus avoiding inevitable carnage among the commuters screaming along to work ! cars which (small rant alert) do not slow down at all and whizz by like terrifying dodgems … cue the chain saw crew , me and Paul ! it’s those chainsaw pants that just make men look so god damned hunky ! Paul chopped it all up and we carted the offending wood away .. but worried in case more fall off ! and also fall on pig fence which could result in a scarey release of the porkers ! keeping the things in now is a mighty test of wills and cunning. Pigs spending far too many hours plotting their next moves and generally rabble rousing whenever food appears.

Another thing  I need to talk about today is the magical properties of string and how a simple piece of gardeners twine can easily become a sensational and very necessary fashion accessory , or belt. Trousers falling off  ( that mulching must have done some good despite , kitkats and french fancies ) I simply reach for some string and voila ! decorum is restored ! and I can truthfully say I spent but pence on a very practical piece of kit and sartorial elegance in the garden knows no bounds!

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top fish shop

such a gorgeous evening tonight that ,following the evil ministrations of the dental king in Henfield ,we just piled everyone into the truck and headed down to Rottingdean for fish and chips on the beach as the sun set over Brighton in a very pink and girly way. Fish and chips when you are starving, and suffering probably from a overheated day at the mulching rack, is just the most perfect thing and a completely understandable reason for me not attaining the legendary size zero again this summer !but I don’t care !

The name of the shop in question is Smugglers and is right down at the sea side edge. Heaven !

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the perils of everyday dangers in everyday homes !!

yes thankyou Eric (from the gorgeous Austwick Hall )(if only I were there now living a life of bliss in the bothy in the wood  !) for your timely and sage advice about the possible woodworm creatures due to invade the house . Luckily the indian story box is small enough to fit in the deep freeze unlike this one which we saw in Udaipur of gigantic proportions.

the big one

the big one

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things get broken ,chickens have a heart attack and the window cleaner cannot believe his eyes as one of the glamorous super model pigs sashied by ,and like a masked raider ,made tracks for the chicken run to get stuck into their food. Several smashed eggs later, an unholy rabble in the buff orpingtons ,and a broken chicken feeder/water bucket/gate, we manage to wrestle Miss Porker 2011 back into her woodland home and back to her compadres who had sensibly stayed put . No help from window cleaner either but luckily he didn’t get thrown off his ladder as the cavalcade went by. Animals are stress factor number one at the moment with lambing on the prairies.The agony and the extascy of lambs as they teeter on the edge between survival and oblivion all in a puff of wool !

the villain !

the villain !

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Foxy Black Ops

Imagine creeping round the fields with Paul looking for the mysterious and predatory Mr Fox.. … it was a beautiful starry night .. quite cold but the lambs are all snuggly shut in the barn… expectant ewes out in the paddock looking positively chipper no sign of lambing tonight (again) … its all very Andy McNab with Paul and his gun! I think I am on stag (is that what you call it ? )really I’m just terrified of being shot myself ! we are being eerily lit by the light of a crescent moon , rabbits frisk about the garden as bold as ninepence , positive acrobats over the rabbit fencing designed to keep them out .I don’t know if those crack SAS types ever have this happen to them (I bet they do) but my socks have slipped off my foot in my boots and it’s really annoying . Plus trousers trailing in dew all soggy .War is now having to be waged on the rabbits  I am afraid, as they enjoy the salad delights of our newly sprung plants with relish and uninhibited vegetarian zeal.It’s a frenzy at the veritable salad cart every night and enough is enough. Even I would smear myself in boot polish I think (a dramatic look for spring ) and would tussle with them bare handed if I catch them at the echinaceas again. Meant to be one of our signature plants and it has  sustained severe collateral damage ! There is no buffer zone any more! But if you would like to make yourself a bunny rabbit for Easter here is a handy pattern from The Girl’s World Book of 1960

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