Spades by Charles

January 15, 2016
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A review of a Fiskars Spade by Charles Hawes One of the few “real” garden tasks that I undertake, is to occasionally divide my hostas. I say mine because although we have hostas in several places in the garden, the only ones I give any attention to are those in what was our vegetable garden. […]

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December 31, 2015
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Veddw has appeared on the shortlist of an award Send to Kindle

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Anne at Hay Festival with Tim Richardson

November 30, 2015
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This is a very short post. Or a long one if you click and listen. Send to Kindle

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November 11, 2015
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  On to the final stages – Caitriona arrives. Here is a small sample of the work she did last time for us: So, work begins on this new project, from the bottom… Send to Kindle

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The Installation of The Stone.

November 6, 2015
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Bet you could hardly wait for this. For too long we looked at The Stone in the car park and wondered if it would ever find its way anywhere else. I attempted to contact landscapers (just their kind of thing, you’d think, wouldn’t you?) but no-one was even slightly interested. But Jeff knew the man […]

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The Stone. The first part.

October 29, 2015
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I’ve spent a lot of time researching our predecessors at the Veddw, especially the squatters.  They are the first actual inhabitants of our particular bit of land that we know about and were the builders of the turf and mud hut, which was followed by the cottage which we live in. So I’ve been well […]

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The Hampton Court Chop: stake out.

July 4, 2015
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I hate staking plants. It looks ugly, especially early on in the year. And it’s hard work (always best avoided). So I have one or two tricks to save me the bother. One is stuffing plants so tight together that they are self supporting. This works well, especially if you don’t feed them (never spoil […]

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A Sculpture Garden in the Wye Valley

June 23, 2015
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  Yesterday we managed to wangle ourselves a cream tea, with ginger cake, with some good friends of ours, Elsa and Adrian Wood, at the Nurtons – home to their daughter, Gemma Wood’s Sculpture Garden. Not to be confused with Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Garden. I know – confusing. Suffice it to say that if you […]

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They didn’t ALL die!

May 14, 2015
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Some of you kind people will remember my distress last year when my euphorbias, the biggest joy (well, maybe) of Veddw in May, started dying last summer. I thought I’d lost the lot. See here. Then come spring Send to Kindle

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We Launch a Book!

April 26, 2015
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Well, you get asked to write a book, you write it, it gets published and the next thing is – you have a book launch, right? So we did. We launched ‘Outwitting Squirrels’  on the river Wye at Symmonds Yat. We had to begin by making a boat to launch it in – this was […]

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