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Blackcurrant recipe – Tarte aux cassis

Earlier this month I visited the Hampton Court flower show, which reminded me of the time I won some tickets to the show – along with a rather nice goody bag – entering a recipe competition in Good Housekeeping magazine. If you remember the perfume Anaïs Anaïs, they wanted recipes that captured the main fragrance…

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Orkney Folk Festival

Last month I took a trip to the Orkney Folk Festival with my violin-playing eldest, for a musical long weekend. Orkney is somewhere I first visited as an 11-year old on a school trip – we ate a lot of Smash instant mashed potato and somehow managed to get sunburnt off the north coast of…

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  • Kat - Gorgeous collection of images. I’m definitely putting the folk festival on my must visit list. ReplyCancel

  • Jo Koszel -  Brilliant images, Julie. You have taken me back to the Festival and captured the magic – thank you!ReplyCancel

BBC Gardeners’ World Live

The twin summer shows of BBC Gardeners’ World Live and BBC Good Food have been in full swing over the last four days, at the NEC in Birmingham. I was invited to photograph a preview of the exhibition gardens, as well as the awards ceremony, prior to the show opening to the public earlier this…

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  • Sharron Gibson - Oh wow theses are gorgeous and so inspiring. Beautiful photos. I want all the gardens now! ReplyCancel

  • Angela - There isn’t one of these gardens I wouldn’t love to soak up the sun in – but those horses! ❤️. Gorgeous report & images to die for ReplyCancel

  • Helen Lisk - Gosh Julie, these are so gorgeous! What wonderful spaces to photograph – you get such a sense of calm through these images – just such lovely gardens. ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Green - ooh these photos make me wish I was more green fingered!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicola - Oh wow, I love these photos! These gardens are sensational aren’t they. So so beautiful., and full of inspiration. Thank you for sharing these. ReplyCancel

Borde Hill Garden

If you’re looking for summery days out, then I really recommend taking a wander around Borde Hill Garden. Situated near Haywards Heath, and with a beautiful Elizabethan country house at its heart, this outstanding English garden has something of interest in all seasons. It is renowned for a number of rare shrubs and is home…

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National Garden Scheme: Chilworth Manor

As part of the National Garden Scheme open gardens – look out for the yellow signs throughout the year! – Chilworth Manor in Guildford is ready to open to visitors on Sunday 19 May from 11-5. This beautiful site housed a monastery in the 11th century, with ponds in the grounds that were installed by…

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Watercress week

I love that watercress is grown all over the world but that the local Hampshire area is so well known for it. The Watercress Line is a clue (from the late Victorian times when the locally grown watercress was transported by train to the London markets). This Sunday marks the beginning of Watercress Week (19-25…

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New season of garden events

I suspect that most of you who love the outdoors and getting into the garden are enjoying the signs of Spring and the prospect of British Summer Time right now! The garden season ahead looks set to be a really exciting one. Recently I attended the Garden Press Event in Islington, where businesses are able…

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The light came back

“Every year, in the third week of February, there is a day, or, more usually, a run of days, when one can say for sure that the light is back. Some juncture has been reached, and the light spills into the world from a sun suddenly higher in the sky.” ~ Kathleen Jamie, ‘Light’ from…

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  • Susan Banting - Beautiful photos showing how much colour can be found in a month usually thought of as drab.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Beautiful work as always, Julie! Such a feast for the eyes!ReplyCancel

Winter in the gardens

Round here in Guildford, it seems as though there haven’t been many properly frosty, frozen mornings this winter. Perhaps they’re on their way later than we’ve been expecting… The down-time of late winter brings a bit of a slower pace, which I enjoy more than I used to – I look forward to the return…

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Florence flying visit

While we’re in the depths of winter, I wanted to show you some of the pictures I took in magical Florence during a visit with friends last autumn. A small group of us from both the UK and Europe enjoy meeting up for what has become a Photography, Food and Friends time that we all…

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