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Garden Pins: Forged steel with bronze cuttlefish

We are very honoured that Jenny has brought her amazing sculptures to be shown in our garden. Fresh from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park Show, Jenny has brought a collection of stunning pieces ranging from the glorious garden pins to the bold peace pins. All these can now be seen exhibited throughout the summer , immersed in the plant groups catching the light at different times and adding a real sense of drama to the plantings . Jenny is also an accomplished jeweller and we have a selection of her beautiful jewellery also available for sale .

Peace pin

Peace Pin

Bio :Jenny took a Foundation Art course at Cambridge and thenwent on to take a degree in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics at Brighton University. She was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel fellowhip in 1993 and since then has exhibited throughout Europe. In 2006 Jenny exhibited at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

Alabaster wings with silver

Alabaster wings with silver

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love potato
love potato

Paul gave me this today ! Sweet !

all goes to show that it is not all hard graft and weeding without romance down on the prairies !

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half a pound of treacle , thats the way the money goes pop goes the weasel !

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there can be only one medal awarded this weekend and it will be a Gold medal to my wonderful uncle, Keith, who virtually single handedly sheared our whole flock of Shetland Sheep himself (sorry Jack , I  know you did Jean Brown !) on Saturday. Looking today at the bag full of glorious soft fleeces in all those stunning natural hues I can really appreciate all his hard work and sheer dogged determination to achiveve super hero status in the annals of Sussex prairie history ! Thankyou too to Linda his wife who worked so tirelessly with the other heroine, Pat my mum, in the tea shop !!

Magnus, photo by Charlotte Raven

Here is a brilliant photo of Magnus the ram , (taken by our wonderful friend Lottie) (still with his fleece on !)who succumbs to shearing with ill grace and a lot of under the breath swearing. His macho pysche is always sorely tried and we are treated to his unalloyed disdain and contempt for the whole business! when his fleece is off though he just looks pathetically small and his little sticklike legs are so gangly ! The shearing of the ewes provoked much more hysteria when the lambs couldnt recognise their shorn mums and spent hours trailing about like miserable snivelling orphans !

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now if i could just eat those crumbs...

now if i could just eat those crumbs...

Summer visitors to the garden bring the inevitable and eagerly awaited return of the catwalk cakes.. here is mum’s Victoria sandwich looking pretty much the worst for wear after a severe munching by yesterday’s garden group.See her perfect lines and oh so critical ratio of buttercream to jam…. still the top cake for garden visitors so far in 2011 … will it lose its crown to the hot favourite Coffee and Walnut ? hard to believe …but later on the courgette cake and her lovely sister the sweet apple and apricot will gain the crown .

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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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Albane's watercolour of our farm

Albane's watercolour of our farm

and time to make our lives extra ordinary … our wonderful french interns Elodie and Albane left today after two months of being here with us like an extended family and we feel sad and bereft of their youth , enthusiasm and exuberance for life… I secretly bottled some it so I can take a few swigs when there are a milion things to do (as always) and no one here to do them all … cloning myself would be a plan but Paul couldn’t stand the tenfold Shouty McShouts that would inevitably follow.. and I would drive my own self mad too !

Forgot to give them the box of french fancies bought especially to show them what real “french” patisserie could be like .. oh dear !  well the whole size zero idea for summer was never going to happen was it !! having opened the box (to look at them and assess the packaging ) the colours are still surprisingly and refreshingly “70’s”.. and are oozing with delcious E numbers… whoa there horsey … I will not be tempted by their siren call tonight …

Otherwise have FINALLY put up the Billy the purple steel  Buffalo at the roadside (its ok now keith ! neither Rome , nor Sussex Prairies  for that matter, was built in a day !)

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