Dream Departures and Arrivals

As one work of art leaves us for a while, we welcomed a hugely exciting and almost unbelievable new arrival this week.  If having the mural restored was a long-term hope, acquiring another piece of Edgar Wood furniture was a complete pipe dream.

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An Arts and Crafts Exchange

We're in the midst of high season for visitors at the moment, with our calendar chock-full of pop-ins and stays by family and friends right into September.....so, time to take a bit of a summer break from the blog.

But before I clock off, and shoe-horning in between guest bedroom valeting and cake baking, I must share some pics from our recent 'mini exchange' weekend with the Edgar Wood Society in Middleton.....

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The Demise of the Bobble Hat. Part I

Today I'm popping up to the post office with treasure - a copy of Deb's new stained glass design to send for our conservation officer's approval.  I'd write about the amount of thought and care that has gone into it, but it feels like tempting fate.  All I'll say for now is that we ABSOLUTELY love it.

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Bringing the Outdoors Indoors....

Whilst the glorious bluebell season continues and new exciting treasures such as apple and rhododendron blossom enter stage-left, the rain interrupts work in the garden.  However, there's plenty of natural inspiration to be found in the house.

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Monty Don 'The Mesmerist'

The return of Gardener's World has primed me with a renewed conviction-cum-delusion that anything is horticulturally possible.  Monty Don, tells me that he has enjoyed a good winter - so much so that he's pruned all of his hedges; and this week I'm mesmerised as he turns to lopping his apple trees.  He looks quite tall, so I'm sure he has a significant height advantage; but the way his secateurs snap crisply through the branches is almost mystical to me with my patented chew-prune technique.

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Bathroom Time Travel.....

We've grown used to exposing modern plaster or very ordinary paint layers beneath the wallpaper so far; and sure enough, plaster peeps through - that and standard issue pale mint social services paint.  But there's something else.  Where the paint flakes back, there are lines, and what's more the lines seem to join together to form shapes......

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The Yorkshire Edgar Wood Heritage Society

The Yorkshire Edgar Wood Heritage Society comes together to share a passion for Edgar's work, to educate others in the local community about the architecture on their doorstep, and to advocate for the conservation of his buildings.  So who better to invite over for a masterclass on the history of Briarcourt than the Chairs of the group - David and Jane Griffiths?

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