by AnneWareham on 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:

Headstones in the Wild Garden

Headstones in the Wild Garden

So, work begins on this new project, from the bottom…

Caitriona at work, from the bottom SAM_4529

and starts in red crayon –

Words in pencil SAM_4532

Then the carving begins..(tap tap tap tap…)

And it goes on..Copyright Anne Wareham, Veddw SAM_4540

Carving begins Copyright Anne Wareham, Veddw SAM_4536

Bit intimidating?

Caitriona reaches the top and Charles has an inspection..

Inspection Copyright Anne Wareham, Veddw SAM_4571

Caitriona _The Stone, Veddw, copyright Charles Hawes_MG_2044 s

Carving done!

Caitriona. Stone finished and washed. Veddw copyright Anne Wareham IMG_2058s


When it’s finished, it gets washed – hence the dribble on the pic.

Then it’s my turn. Painting the letters.

Anne at work, copyright Charles Hawes, Veddw,IMG_6458

I spent some time getting a cream colour mixed and because the stone colour varies, I varied the paint colours as I went. Hard to see except in the flesh, as it were. Not sure that this picture is an accurate representation. But the stone does have varied and delightful colouring – it’s a red sandstone, our basic rock locally. (see ‘Why our seat are pink’)

The Stone, lettering Copyright Anne Wareham SAM_4621

And then it was really FINISHED!!!!!!!!

Stone really really finished


And here it is, in context.

The Stone in context, Copyright Anne Wareham, Veddw SAM_4624


Thank you to everyone involved. You were great.


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John November 11, 2015 at 5:43 pm

I’ll give it a “wow”! The size is just right for its surroundings. I think I’ve worked out where it is so if it’s not there I’ll have a surprise. To me it looks a slightly different shape in situ to that at rest in the car park.

AnneWareham November 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm

It’s the same one that was in the car park….Thanks for the ‘wow’ !

Paul Steer November 11, 2015 at 6:31 pm

It is beautiful Anne

AnneWareham November 11, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Thank you, Paul.

Pat Webster November 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Oh, my. What a piece of work. The quotation is perfect, the setting enhances the quote, the stone, the meaning. Bravo! I get goosebumps looking at it.

AnneWareham November 11, 2015 at 11:01 pm

Yes, I thought you would relate to it… Xxxx

Helen November 11, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Looks great…….you’re all very talented.

AnneWareham November 11, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Thank you, Helen.

Katherine Crouch November 11, 2015 at 10:09 pm

A fine piece indeed. I love the poem, it is most apt. Now I want to print the picture, get my pen out and experimentally, unasked, without permission, interfering…. play with the shapes of the hedges….bevel some bits to compliment that slanting slab top…..grow a bit….. clip again….shamelessly trample over Anne’s creation….I shall quietly burn in hell…….

AnneWareham November 11, 2015 at 11:00 pm

You’re garden designer, Katherine, – you know that you can’t mess around like that without messing up a great deal more than the context for the stone.You will never be allowed near it with a hedge trimmer in hand…..

Nell November 12, 2015 at 3:55 am

Speaking of hedge trimmers… You placed it to allow room for clipping of the hedge behind it, yes?

It’s an affecting piece on many levels. Thanks for the look behind the scenes.

AnneWareham November 12, 2015 at 9:17 am

Good thought, Nell, and yes, we did!

Maureen Cooper November 11, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Looking forward to travelling down to see this for real in the summer! What date do you open again?

AnneWareham November 11, 2015 at 11:53 pm

The begining of June, Sunday afternoons – see Hope to see you here, Maureen.

J Sherry November 12, 2015 at 8:16 am

Good job. And a lasting memorial to your time (& work) at Veddw.

AnneWareham November 12, 2015 at 9:18 am

Thank you. I wonder what will become of it? Maybe other people will add their names and dates…

Libby November 12, 2015 at 10:37 am

Wonderful! The stone looks fantastic Anne, I love the words and their double meaning. Lovely colours in the stone too which didn’t show up in earlier pictures. What a brilliant collaborative effort, congrats to all involved!

Deb November 12, 2015 at 8:31 pm

The stone is such a fabulous colour and I love the font used. A wonderful tribute to you both for all the work you have put into your garden.

AnneWareham November 12, 2015 at 10:26 pm

Thank you Deb!

Kev the Yank November 13, 2015 at 12:08 am

Absolutely extraordinary, Anne! Well done!!! Guess we now HAVE to cross the pond again to revisit Veddw!

AnneWareham November 13, 2015 at 9:22 am

Of course. Xxx

Deb November 13, 2015 at 1:12 pm

That’s very special. It makes me happy.

AnneWareham November 13, 2015 at 2:19 pm

That’s rewarding – thanks!

James Golden November 13, 2015 at 11:10 pm

At first I was doubtful, but now that I can see the color and texture of the stone, I see it creates its own space, almost another dimension. And the quotation fits my understanding of the garden very well. Is 1987 the year you and Charles started the garden?

AnneWareham November 13, 2015 at 11:49 pm

Yes, it was when we came to the Veddw…Thanks, James. xx

Maggie Biss November 14, 2015 at 10:19 am


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mary james November 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm

It is beautiful and looks so happy in its space. A real wow piece.

AnneWareham November 30, 2015 at 11:54 pm

I love the idea of a happy stone! Xx

Amy Murphy November 30, 2015 at 11:42 pm

I am impressed, not only by the finished product but the conception, execution and result. Especially since it was no easy feat getting that stone into place. Thank you for the inspiration and the reminder not to shy away from difficult goals in the garden.

AnneWareham November 30, 2015 at 11:54 pm

Thank you, Amy.

Joe Lewis December 2, 2015 at 5:18 pm

It is a humble and humbling. And perfect. The surface texture of that stone looks as though it will do exciting things with the light when you get wet weather.

AnneWareham December 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Thank you, Joe – and you’re right. It may be the only thing in the garden that looks best in the rain!