Monday, 18 August 2014

Wild Garden

Wild Garden  -   wall hanging  -  acrylic paints on cotton.

This painting emerged from an experiment I did a few years ago when I decided to let our vegetable garden grow as
it pleased for a year. The result was an interesting collection of plants,almost all edible in salads.
Nasturtiums,chickweed,speedwell,borage,dandelion,marjoram fennel and others grew luxuriantly in their chosen spaces.

Most of these plants have been used for centuries for culinary and healing purposes.


Fennel - Marjoram - Lavender - Borage - Geranium - Verbena


The plants shown below are not directly related to the painting.

Nasturtium  -  Cornflower  -  Californian Poppy

Feverfew  -  Marigold  -  Wild Pansy



Sprouting kale is packed with nutrients and delicious eaten raw.

More "weeds"...............HERE

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Monday, 4 August 2014

Royal Hunting Lodge - Part 2

A royal hunting lodge has existed on this site since the 1100s. The house and estate has been owned by the same family for over
500 years and it is said to be the oldest continuously occupied house in Scotland.
Today it is the home of the present laird and her family.

Rooms open to the public are on three floors on the left side of the house. The wing to the left houses the chapel and to the right
is the dining room which is available for parties and weddings.

The chapel

Drawing room


A bed chamber

 The room where Mary Queen of Scots and her infant son are thought to have slept on a visit in 1566.
Her host was the then laird Sir John Stewart.

The cradle in which the infant Prince James slept.

In the museum room  -   purses and a shoe which belonged to Mary.

Embroidered priest's vestment.

The maze, seen through old glass.

Looking out from this window, the centuries roll back  -   there's a stillness and warmth in this house.
All rooms at the back have wonderful views of the maze and forest beyond.

Smoke emerges from the brew house in cellars beneath the chapel.
Ale has been brewed here since the 1700s. Produced in limited quantities it is exported as far afield
as America and Japan.

Coachman's coat from the 1800s.

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