Do you forget about your garden when you are away from home? Not me. In fact I think about it more when I am gone. Wherever I travel I am seeking out gardens to visit, observing the road side plantings as well as mother nature's plantings we see when we hike. I'm forever thinking of new ideas for my own garden. Additionally, when I travel I like to bring home some little reminder of the trip. So let's look at what I brought home from England this time. I had to be careful because I didn't wan to exceed my luggage allowance.
The two little birds on the stone came from The National Herb Center. The little gate sign from the National Trust shop at Blickling along with the hand made cards which were part of a textile exhibition. The brasses from a charity shop; the foxes who come to our garden will be really pleased with that one. The Lincoln Imp-well of course he came from Lincoln Cathedral gift shop. The fossil ammonites also came from a shop in Lincoln on Steep Street. If you read MY BRITISH GARDEN TOUR Blog then you may remember that we drove down to the Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis last year just so that I could see the ammonites on the beach. If only the shop on steep street had been open at 10am like it said on the door. As it was the only time I had to go back was between the taking of the wedding photographs at the statue of Tennyson outside the Cathedral and the reception. With a stiff wind blowing up the hill I negotiated Steep Street once again. This time the shop was open and I got my 5 for £5 ammonites. I am thinking of setting them in a cement paver.
I also brought home a few magazines; the current addition of Gardeners' World, Country Life and Homes and Gardens, along with a couple of old gardening magazines from a friend. They kept me busy as I settled in for the 8+ hour flight from Manchester to Atlanta. That and a glass or two of wine (good old Delta still serving wine in economy, even if it is Chateau cardboard. I'm not fussy), and I'm as happy as a camper thinking about my garden back home.