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This year we are promoting and growing herbs for our “cut it now” herbal tea range ! growing on our terrace at our teashop we have the most amazing range of possibilities for your healthy cuppa !

Why would you choose the dry and dusty alternative in a teabag when you can take our fresh leaves and enjoy the fresh and invigorating aromas coming from the freshest ingredients. It is a simple recipe after all … leaves + hot water and drink !

So when you reach for  our Tashkent mint you are reaching for a world beyond the teatable……imagine the exotic lure of the spice trail.. the irascible hot sweaty camels and their enigmatic drovers swathed in grubby silks and manmade fibres.. the glint of a golden tooth here.. the chink of a wanton coin encrusted sandal there… there is a snort and the flap of the Bedouin tent and the seamless shift of a thousand sands and a thousand grains of sand transports you beyond the norm.

many other fresh herbs are  available !  If you like the idea of a leap from the teabag into the realm of the senses  ..a cup of chocolate peppermint perchance, a smooth apple mint, nay pineapple, camomile lawn : give it to me in a cup, lemon balm my soul….the teas are endless the aromas subtle stimulating and the colours .. give me zing, give me laughter, give me love !

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A new Exhibition on the Prairies :

Jill Tattersall will be coming to Sussex Prairies at the beginning of our open garden season  (June 2013 ) bringing her glorious artworks to exhibit in our Garden Room. As an avid fairy tale connoisseur I am intrigued by Jill’s alter ego the fantastic Mr Wolf . But we shall be talking about the Red Riding Hood factor later !

Jill  opens her house every year as part of the Artists Open Houses season (now on until the end of may 2013 ! )and the Wolf at the Door welcomes all manner of talented artists and crafts people to exhibit in an airy and lovely home and garden setting. So we feel very honoured that Jill has chosen us as the next crumb in the trail of breadcrumbs through the forest .

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Who is this Madame Lupino ?

Jill says :

I’m a compulsive taker of cuttings, sower of seeds and maker of gardens.  I used to earn my living as a medievalist and became interested in herbals and old books and encyclopaedias describing plants and their properties. 

I also loved seeing how people imagined and depicted gardens in earlier civilisations, before perspective complicated things!  Egyptian tomb-paintings, Persian garden rugs, the hortus conclusus of roman or medieval times…. Allotments haven’t changed that much over the millennia.  In hot climates with the desire for a place of coolness, privacy, quiet, and luxuriant growth the idea of the garden of paradise was never far away.

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So plants and gardens, their patterns and colours , their ebb and flow with the seasons, have been an important part of my art. Recently
I designed a curative herb garden in the shape of a medieval world map at the inspirational Dilston Physic Garden in Northumberland.  Drawing, history and plants all in one!

Most of my work is quite time-consuming. I often make the paper for a piece before I even start painting.  Colour is a predominating consideration in everything I do or make, and I use many combinations of paints, inks, dyes and pure pigment to build up intense colour.  I also use recycled and found bits and pieces where I can.

I’ve had many solo exhibitions all over the country and done quite a few garden- or plant-based commissions.  Ask me if you’re interested – recent examples include fig, medlar, quince, aubergine, kiwis, ginkgo. 

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How Jill Works : in her own words

Mixed media is a polite term for a messy and complicated way of working.  For a start, I often make the paper I work on.  Then, for any one piece I may decide I need plaster, glue, paints of various sorts, pigments, inks and dyes and a range of found or reclaimed materials.

I make the paper I use in my pieces outdoors when I can.   It’s a watery process involving multiple splashes and puddles and needs lots of drying space.  I start off with sheets of cotton fibres which I soak, pulp and then form into sheets – or cast over shapes – using a wire mesh screen.  The water has to be squeezed out and the sheets pressed flat.  This makes a beautiful and slightly unpredictable surface to paint on.

If you’re interested, ask and I’ll tell you more!

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George Orwell was there ( in the Indian Imperial Police a long time ago , and went a bit native… never did find out what those strange blue tattoos meant on his knuckles !) and we have just come back from there (without the tattoos ): Burma or should I say Myanmar..

… an oriental 3D jigsaw of a place , layered and laquered like an intricate tiffin box . A positive riot of smells,and sounds assaulting the senses and catching you unawares, like the lethal pavements where you could plunge up to your oxters in raw sewage as soon as wrick your ankle on the vertiginous extreme levels and gradients.

burma2013 123It’s a tricky one crossing roads in Yangon where the traffic never stills and the utterly laughable zebra crossings are there to decorate the highway rather than offer any semblance of safety.Far better to cling to the shadow of a local and launch midstream into the swirling morass of bicycles , scooters and cars adopting a haphazard weaving technique and selective blindness to the moving hardware bearing down upon you.

Humidity being well up in the uncomfortable levels ,a cup of tea so fits the bill(after cocktails at the Strand Hotel of course)  . On arrival we tentatively sampled an unknown box of leaves found in our hotel room and made a brew. Why did we assume it was a box of tea leaves rather than say , an enema , or viagra supplement ? A mouthful of sticks,leaves and twiggy slithers would have suited George O right down to the ground but for the more discerning palette it was a little on the ascetic side of pleasurable . Later , drying piles of herbage seen on the streets explained everything and that gritty , road planings aroma told the tale.

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Brunnera Mr Morse : looking for Lewis !

Big brassy and buxom , autumn is like a swaggering pirate woman all gold teeth , spotty handkerchief and swirling skirts and at least a cutlass or two. Here in the garden the colours are looking like a bad case of piracy ( too much Johnny Depp I think , that’s why am I obsessed with pirates !) on the high seas. Today it was a glamourous garden still full of colour with spectacular colour in the Amsonia hubrichtii, all gaudy tints and scorching bronze.

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Creeping under the persicaria polymorpha there are beautiful pure white fungi like second magnitude stars as Paul would say, and out on the woodchip paths there is a motley crew of toadstools each one more lush and sweaty than the next. It is all heading for the big showdown at the next big frost when the swashes will be well and truly buckled !

And of course there are leaves .. thousands nay millions of them washed up around the house like an unruly beach combers dream. But not crisp and crunchy anymore .. just a thick wet sludgy mass , most unattractive and not at all kickup-able . So it was time to build a leaf collecting cage …Paul obliged with the four corner posts and then it was down to Tara and I to nail on the wire netting. Now why does hammering look so effortless in the case of Paul and I am still licking my wounds after a run in with the hammer and wire cutters ! My thumb looks like I have got a nasty case of the Black Spot and I might as well have been blind Pugh for the state of the staples and wirenetting. But the leaves are now safely coralled away and can begin their leaf mouldering business !

sun,grass,sun again

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