Monday 4 December 2023
Thursday 16 November 2023
Where did 2024 go? It seems to have flown by. For us, Four Seasons has flourished, with lot's of new and exciting projects coming forward. We are actually being sought after across the board. Very exciting!
Both me and Amanda should be comfortably retired now, sipping cocktails with umbrellas and chunks of pineapple and cherries in them by the poolside. But although that would be very nice, we love a challenge, and aren't ready to clean the uPVC windows and mow the lawn on a Sunday just yet.
We've taken on about ten more projects, some good, some...hummm....ok, but all moving in the right direction. Two days ago we revisited a garden that we originally landscaped, and has gone through multiple owners who rented, and therefore didn't want/couldn't afford a gardener to maintain. This is a VERY high end property, in the most expensive property area on the south coast, and the garden is on multiple levels. It is really quite stunning when properly maintained. We start on Friday, as the new owners want to be there for quite some time, and actually recognise the value of a garden space.
The gardens now have white marble flooring throughout, a sunken swimming pool on a huge raised area reaching out into the woodland, a sauna in the garden, and the once neglected lower slopes of Rhododendron ponticum have been opened up a little to create a maze of adventure for the kids.
The house is stunning, and we are looking forward to once again caring for the gardens. It's funny how life goes around and comes around eh?
Other projects include high end apartment blocks. Neglected by previous garden companies, and now brought up to speed by our team. Very, very exciting. The latest abandoned at the last minute without notice, and having been left with the grass fed very heavily for the next gardeners....us. No problem. This is a huge place, and all of us are looking forward to the new year when we can actually do more than clear months of leaves and rubbish that have built up. None of it helped by this windy and wet wet weather that appears to have taken over.
In the meantime, yep, trying to get some time out. Went to Salisbury for the weekend to see the church lit up inside and out, and our first visit to Old Sarum. A good weekend.
and pumpkin soup!
Saturday 1 July 2023
We recently returned from taking the camper and Travel Ted around The Lizard and St.Mawes area.
So, so many little coves, and general beauty. We love Cornwall, as it's always so peaceful.
Our travels took us to Lamorran Gardens. We've been trying to see them for ages, and have spent many a night sleeping next to St.Mawes Castle to do so. They open occasionally, and at this time they open for three days a week. One of the days when we where there! They are extraordinary.
We were hungry one lunchtime, and because of the heat couldn't be bothered to cook or prepare, so we went to a little ventre in a field above Kynance Cove. Ellies Soul Kitchen
Another night saw us staying in the car park at Gunwalloe. Virtually on the beach is Winwaloe Church. Small, wonderful, peaceful. It was a good night.
Sunday 28 May 2023
Saturday 29 April 2023
Life can throw all sorts of difficulties and trials at us. My life at the moment?
A personal struggle, one challenge that MUST be overcome. The others are just the sort of crap that most are facing at the moment. Personal, financial, psychological, so many plates to spin.
We've been trying to future proof our home, and the main part to be worked on is, of course the garden. THE main room of any house. The house without a garden is like one without a front door. It's going to be quite a fundamental place for our "survival' this year.
Plants are so important, no, vital to our mental wellbeing. I thank God that He has blessed me with being a gardener. The benefits far outweigh the lack of money.