beach cottage, bEAching, cottage garden, mEAndering, out and about, weekend away

another weekend away…

– and yes, I know what you are probably thinking; we might as well sell up our house and get a motor-home as we spend more time on the road than we do at home.  I quite fancy this ‘home made’ model!English: Volkswagon bug RVWe travelled up to our Beach Cottage late Friday night and awoke to a gloriously sunny day on Saturday and wow had everything in the garden grown –  we have Hydrangea heads like dinner plates this year!  See the one peeping through the Willow leaves it is a good 12″ across and you can just see the weeds about to take off since we removed the black plastic.

This white one below is growing in the top of an old chimney pot and has been flowering all winter and all through the summer!  We are in the gulf stream on the Mull of Galloway so it can be very mild.Beautiful plumes of feathery Meadowsweet on my woodland walk.

On Sunday we set off back early because we had planned to call at Kirkudbright (pronounced Kirk – coo – bree) where they were holding an Art Trail event around the town.  It is a very picturesque little town set around a harbour on the estury of the River Dee on the north Solway shore.  It has become famous as an Artists town which developed during the Arts and Crafts period when many famous painters lived and worked there.

This is the house where  E A Taylor and Jessie M King lived – they were famous for their illustrations of children’s books, furniture design and paintings.

It still has an Arts and Crafts feel about it and this weekend we were privileged to be able to go and have a peek inside.  We could go all the way up to the attic room which I think may have been their original studio.  Most of the house is kept very much as it was – although it is now a B&B.

Many of the houses are very colourful…some very, very colourful like this one…

even the cute little launderette is brightly painted and I just love the sign.

Along many of the terraced streets are alleyways which lead down to more rows of tiny cottages and beyond the cottages are very long higgledy-piggledy gardens – you cannot tell who owns what!  I have been longing to venture down these alleyways for a long time and this weekend I got my chance… and I was not disappointed.  So come with me down the cobbled pathway (a bit health and safety – so mind your step!)…

…and keep going through the beautiful Wisteria Arch…

…and keep going past the iron Skeletons (don’t we all have skeletons in our gardens)…

and keep going under the gap in the hedge and past the old wreck – (sorry I meant boat)…

and keep going further into the undergrowth where you might sit awhile to play the ‘rustic’ piano…

and at last in the clearing at the bottom of the long, long garden is the pottering shed complete with armchair and stove.

What a wonderful exciting garden – left to overgrow and full of things forgotten by time it reminds me of the house that Pip visited in Great Expectations.

And to add to the humour of the day – Rapunzel letting her hair down in the old castle!

Hope you enjoyed your little trail as much as I did – how was your weekend?

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