Some of you will remember the story of how we bought our current house. Whether you know or not, you might like to dip into my old 'The Old Chapel' blog. It was once a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel but when the various Methodist disciplines began to merge, it closed and everyone then went to the bigger Methodist chapel just around the corner. This also closed when chapel attendance fell away and was eventually converted into 3 separate properties. (The times we get deliveries and visitors for The Old Methodist Chapel!)
Anyway, back to our Old Chapel - as it's simply called. It had already been converted into a house in the 1960s, I think, and the garden was acquired. It was then altered several times. When we first viewed it, it had been uninhabited and for sale for quite some time. We decided not to buy it then but, one year later, we I spent a week in a holiday cottage nearby and fell in love with the village and persuaded Jon that we had to buy it! Eventually we signed the contract and then began the slow progress that such a project needs. When work began more than a year later, it was gutted it back to a stone barn with the help and guidance of our great architects and especially our local builder- with whom we have not only remained on speaking terms, but regard him and his family good friends.
To explain our garden... are you sitting comfortably?
In my Old Chapel blog - dated 2009 (almost at its end which, as is the way with blogs, is easily found at the beginning!) I took you for a walk up and back the garden. So I've decided to bring it up to date to show how it's matured since then.
So now it's few words and let the pictures tell their story with a caption or three.
|Outside our east-facing conservatory is the terrace and steps up to...|
|the now-flat lawn|
|..with its herbaceous border on the lane-side|
|Look at our 'small' sequoia, 'chair' bench and the pond to the right...|
|Where we have friendly visitors every so often|
|up through the yew hedge|
|where I stop and admire the Gunnera|
|To the other side is our mini-orchard and little meadow (which as just been mown)|
|up again past our little knot garden and the copper beech hedge which hides the compost heaps...|
|...and onwards and upwards to a welcome bench, our 'famous' rock, maples and azaleas.|
|I'm finding it hard to balance now, so to avoid falling over, I'll turn round and go down back through the maples|
|and over to the ditch - often dry in on summer days|
|and back to 2 more shots of the herbaceous border|
|and so back to the terrace and conservatory and a cup of tea. Care to join me?|