Coronation Spring

We had the best weekend.  Wilfred and Molly came to stay.  Here we all are, in the gloaming, marvelling at Charlie’s mad and beautiful Coronation Decorations… At breakfast on Coronation morning we were joined, of course, by a very special guest.
You get the message?  We settled down to watch on the projector…. At times, it was a bit too much for some of us.  Later that afternoon, getting ready for lunch. Drinks in the evening with friends, followed by Coronation chicken for supper, of course.

And after the torrential rain of Coronation day, there was spring like sunshine the next morning…
We went to see my brother and sister in law and their family. That evening more mist and cloud rolled in. The bank holiday Monday saw the most amazing misty afternoon.  The landscape was drenched, saturated, still, incredibly beautiful.

The next day I was off early for work, to a site visit in Dorset, then back up to London. A very busy few days and on Friday I was back home. Yesterday we went for a wonderful walk to the Valley of the Stones to see the bluebell hills, just reaching their perfection in a week or two… Supper last night with our friend Sam and his mum, at one of the most beautiful houses in the valley (you can even stay in their shepherd’s hut here We rolled home happy after an evening filled with laughter.

This morning was one of the most beautiful mornings of the year.  Mist rising, sun burning through. 

The valley is bursting with spring green and life. It’s a good moment. Whatever the troubles of the world, on a morning like today, you feel happy to be alive.

There are exciting new shoots at Pentreath & Hall too.  This week brings the much-anticipated launch of Bridie’s extraordinary new soap collection – two years at least in the making and designing. And then we have further exciting news that Bridie and I can’t wait to share soon…


I want to know how your able to mix prints and colors and make it look magnificent.For some reason it’s doesn’t work here in the US. JUST STUNNING

Donna Sacks

The English countryside is breathtaking! Living in North Texas, US, my heart soars and aches all at once. Thank you for sharing.

Leah Hume Wilson

Teresa Person said here, that she thought “you lived pretty close to heaven”. I second that motion:). I think your surroundings is what heaven will look like—at least I hope! Divine pictures again Ben,thank you for always brightening my day. HAPPY SPRING!

Laura Harrison

Wonderful pictures as usual. And that lovely downland. No longer having a place in the country – particularly at this time of year – your photographs, which are bursting with buds and fresh greenery and blue skies interspersed with mists, provide great nostalgic pleasure.

Leana Pooley

I love the pic where your pup is watching the coronation upside down…..I think you live pretty close to heaven

Teresa Person

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