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Gormley Men

Last weekend a farewell party was held in the small Warwickshire village of Lowsonford to say goodbye to one of its famous residents.   Whilst only in residence for a year he had received many visits from art lovers and … Continue reading

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A Sad Day for Norton Folgate

Two weeks ago the Spitalfields Trust campaign to halt British Land’s destruction of Norton Folgate went to a judicial review in the High Court. Today I learnt of the Judge’s verdict… Justice Gilbart found in favour of Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of … Continue reading

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In Search of Shingle Street

A couple of years ago whilst in a bookshop in Aldeburgh, I saw a black and white postcard of a row of coastguard cottages called simply “Shingle Street”. It looked a desolate and mysterious place and one I simply had to … Continue reading

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A Blogger’s Year

It is that post Christmas/pre New Year time for reflection, a chance to look back over my blogs from the last twelve months and to begin to think about next year’s posts… It has a been a full year and I have visited lot of places, … Continue reading

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Birmingham’s Back to Backs…a journey through time

On a wet November afternoon, I paid a visit with my family to the “Birmingham Back to Backs” in the heart of the City. The Back to Backs, also known as Court 15 at 50 -54 Inge Street and 55-63 Hurst … Continue reading

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The Passage of Time and a Face From the Past

Whilst in London last weekend I took the opportunity to visit the magnificent Queenhithe Dock Heritage Timeline mosaic produced by the Southbank Mosaics team along the eastern wall of the Queenhithe Dock. Whilst I had seen photos of sections of the … Continue reading

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Mudlarking and Mosaics

Whilst staying in London for a long weekend last Spring, I carefully checked the tide times for the River Thames before heading off towards Millennium Bridge to do a spot of “mudlarking”. Mudlarking these days refers to the riverside equivalent of beachcombing. … Continue reading

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Glass in the Garden

The glass sculptors Hayhoe Designs have for the past few years been regular exhibitors at Chelsea Flower Show – I always pay a visit to their stand. A client recently asked me about incorporating glass sculpture in her garden to give … Continue reading

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Bretforton In Bloom

In April I was invited by the Bretforton Garden Club http://www.bretforton-gardenclub.co.uk  to speak to their members on design principles. It was a lively evening and was well attended by the keen and enthusiastic gardeners of Bretforton and the surrounding villages. Last … Continue reading

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Sunday in Smithfield, Shoreditch and Spitalfields

Whilst staying in London for the weekend a couple of weeks ago and after a fortifying breakfast in the shadow of the meat markets at John Torode’s restaurant, Smiths of Smithfield – the best scrambled eggs in this part of town – I … Continue reading

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