Long dark days

Although Rugby Street, bizarrely, seems to have escaped the winter weather with little more than half an inch of snow, we have heard from time to time that the rest of Britain is stuck in a snowdrift. So it seemed like it might be a nice idea to remember that summer does exist. And we thought you would like these photographs I took a few years ago, of Charleston Farmhouse, the Bloomsbury’s bolthole in Sussex, and Christopher Lloyd’s remarkable Great Dixter a little way up the road… and for good measure, Villa Cetinale near Siena.

I suspect it won’t be long before the first rays of spring sunshine are here – but in the meantime, let us dream of sunnier days, hot Tuscan landscapes, leafy summer gardens, and the smell of freshly mown grass.

In anticipation…. from Ben x


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