Talking point

They're purple

May used to be a good month with a number of holiday weekends to take advantage of sun and warmth. But the last few years have seen a change, and this year May was wet, windy and decidedly chilly, ensuring blossom and spring flowers were over before we had time to appreciate them. Now over a week into June, less than two from midsummer, and the weather remains changeable.

wooden blooms

A courtyard garden, enhanced by painted wooden poles – amazing how it lifts the interest of the space.

However last Sunday afternoon the sun shone and we drove to a nearby country park, had a wander around a craft shop, sat in the sun in a sheltered courtyard and enjoyed an ice cream, and took a few photos.

everlasting blooms

An interesting and simple idea to add colour to greenery.

Since our last visit, the garden of the craft shop has been taken over by woodworkers on courses to make rustic furniture. Not many of the end products were around but one chair caught my eye. Not sure how it would rate for comfort, but I’d settle for it as an interesting piece of garden sculpture.

where's the seat

A better description would probably be a work in progress.

Though this one would probably be better on both the comfort and sculptural fronts.

rustic red chair

A touch of Chinese…or perhaps Chippendale.

The hub of the operation is open on one side and provided an opportunity for a few photographs of more unusual subjects.

Open air workshop

Rustic charm but serious equipment.

Saw that one before

Saw-toothed work of art perhaps.

This isn't a sculpture

A whole new meaning to axed.

Difficult to think of a more congenial setting to hone your carpentry skills and take home an item that is either useful or provides a garden talking point for the rest of our summer.

Who's in the chair

More chairs -a rocker, one with a canvas seat, and a little yellow one

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About jingsandthings

I am me. What do I like? Colour Shapes Textures Paintings, photographs, sculptures, woven tapestries, wonderful materials. The love of materials probably comes from my father who was a textile buyer, and I grew up hearing the names of mills and manufacturers which sounded magical and enticing. Glass in all its soft and vibrant colours and flowing shapes, even sixties glass which makes its own proud statement. A book I can immerse myself in. Meals with family or friends with lots of chat and laughter (and probably a bottle or two of wine). The occasional trip abroad to experience the sights, sounds, food, conversation, quality of light and warmth of other countries. To revel in differences and be amazed by similarities. I like to create and to experience, to try and to achieve. And then there are words – read, heard, written at my keyboard, or scrawled on sticky notes, or along the edges of dog-eared supermarket receipts excavated from the unexplored nooks of my handbag. What do I dislike? Cold Snow Bad design Fast food Condescension
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5 Responses to Talking point

  1. Mama Cormier says:

    Looks like a great place. I think I’d like to try my hand at making some of those rustic chairs.

    • I was quite surprised how little is required in the way of wood. Some fairly thin branches and a bit of ingenuity. The painted sticks I just love. They’ve been there for a few years and they always lift my mood when I see them. The colour glows and really adds to the plants. Flowers all year round. You could even think up Christmas versions.

  2. walter- says:

    I like this place so rustic. How much would give me for having one of those giant teeth saws to decorate my house!

    • You have tastes like my husband. He used to collect old woodworking tools – saws wood planes, augers, shavers, but he keeps them in an outhouse. As for me, I prefer pieces of glass.

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