Monthly Archives: May 2016

A Bird in the Hand …

Flog It 1 A decorative bird in the hands of BBC Flog It Expert David Fletcher at Croome yesterday.

Is Worth …

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Chairs

Today the Chairs Sculpture by William Datson was installed in the Hall at Croome Court.

Chairs Sculpture by William Datson

Chairs Sculpture by William Datson

The piece was inspired by the original chairs which were in the Hall, three of which still exist. These are in the centre of the sculpture.

Original Chair Detail

Original Chair Detail

The chairs arrive at Croome Court

The Chair Sculpture arrives in pieces at Croome Court

William Datson checks the installation

William Datson checks the installation

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The Countryside in May

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe view from Pirton Church in Worcestershire, looking towards the Malvern Hills.

And in the Walled Garden at Croome, the Wistaria is fully out.

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The Door

Walled Garden DoorWhat is it about doors that fascinates us, tempts us?
This is the door of a walled garden.

We think of ourselves as on the inside, in what could be called a 21st century version of paradise. Indeed, the word ‘paradise’ comes from the Persian word paradeiza meaning a rectangular walled enclosure. For us, a magical place.

Our walled garden is an attempt at imposing order on the world. We can’t help but do this. We seek pattern, regularity in order to thrive. A garden symbolises our continual struggle of making sense of our lives.

We have become used to living within our own modern paradise. Familiar, it seems somehow ‘ordinary’, and we wonder what is outside, through that door.

We have the option of leaving our secret garden, the delightful innocence of childhood. But once we do that, there is no return. This door is liminal.

There will be times when the door is open and then, when we choose, we move out into the unknown. But much of the time we keep that door shut. We play ‘let’s pretend’ and imagine peeping round the door with idle curiosity.

Crossing the threshold could lead to chaos, a jungle, the dissolution of the known world. We are willing to take that chance. We know that whatever happens, we’ll somehow be able to put the world back together again. But this comes with the guarantee that it and we will never be the same again.

But in making such a journey we take our garden with us. Being our touchstone, our story so far, it enables us to deal with what was unimaginable. And piece by piece our garden grows. We learn to tame novelty with the thrill of excitement and discovery.

Come … Do not look back.

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May Morning

Celebrating the Rising Sun

Celebrating the Rising Sun

Morris Dancers from around the country took time off from Upton upon Severn Folk Festival to celebrate the sunrise at 5.38 am by dancing at Croome Panorama Tower .

Croome Panorama Tower with Dartmoor Border Morris

Croome Panorama Tower with Dartmoor Border Morris

Dancing the Sunrise

Dancing the Sunrise

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