Countryside Pursuits

Alice🙋🏽

This is not a post about tweed wearing, fire-arms bearing activities (although if you haven't yet bought a ticket to Miss Knight's Crawley & Horsham extravaganza in November - you know who you are - you better be quick smart, it's going to be a fantabulous evening 😘).I just wanted to write a little post about a few places and things I have discovered recently whilst in the countryside.  I like escaping London, I may have mentioned this a couple of times 😉.   It's always so nice to be in the fresh air and away from the constant rush of the city, and enjoying a slightly slower pace of life.  So below are some of my finds 🌳😃.

Alice xxx

Marourde Mead

In a small village in Kent, William Boscawen has been perfecting the recipe for his delicious mead. Using mostly local ingredients, hops and honey are from the farm, he has created three sparkling meads each with their own distinct flavour.  The mead is aptly named 'Marourde' as this is the historic name of the village of Mereworth where it is made.

I spent a delightful afternoon with William, we had a tour of his meadery and of course a tasting.  With no expectations at all, I really enjoyed this sweet yet satisfying drink, which is best served very chilled.  William is also growing vines, so watch this space for the next in great English sparkling wines..... and in the mean time check out Marourde's insta for all things mead.

Ravilious at The Towner Art Gallery

I am quite a bit fan of Eric Ravilious. I really like his woodcuts and many of them are currently on display at The Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne.  This is particularly fun as many of the places Ravilious depicted in his pictures are close by, nestling in the South Downs.  So not only can you see his artwork, you can also seek out the locations in which he painted.Off we went down to Eastbourne, and it was very exciting indeed, there is great selection of his original woodcuts and paintings -  I love his book illustrations - alongside many other works by his friends and fellow artists, Edward Bawden, Paul Nash and John Nash.  I highly recommend going to see this exhibition, we followed our visit with a blustery walk up onto Beachy Head, and I am excited to go back and explore more Ravilious countryside soon.

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

This beautiful garden, hidden away near Ockley in Surrey, has a wonderful display of contemporary sculpture.  It's rather fun to wander about, weaving in and out of the water features and catching the sunlight as it shines through the giant foliage.  We had a greatly enjoyable evening discovering all sorts of weird and wonderful works of art, they display over 200 pieces varying them throughout the summer, so there is lots to see!

And a few other English countryside happenings 😍

 

The Scilly Isles

This week are on the Scilly Isles (islands off the very end of Cornwall) and rather than doing endless photos I have decided to post just one photo a day 🙈🙉🙊.  As  you can imagine, this has been quite tough for me, as there are just so many fun snaps 😉.  It was a tricky choice, there were some good contenders - but today I went with this:IMG_8035This is looking from Tresco to the sun setting 🌅 on the island of Bryher -  behind is the Atlantic ocean ⛵️.  To the right you can see the edge of Tresco and Cromwell's castle 👑.We are all very excited to be on Tresco - we arrived in a twin otter plane ✈️ and the landing was quite thrilling, the runway is on a slope.  And then we travelled to Tresco in the Scilly Cyclone 🚤, which is very speedy.  And the sun ☀️has been out and we've even had an ice cream 😃🍦I may well do a Scilly Isles round up once we are back, there are just too many fun photos 📷- but for now I will stick one photo a day 😃.Alice xxx 

The Viaduct

As the sun has been shining recently ☀️ - (intermittently) we decided it would be good to take some photos 📷.We headed to the Viaduct 🎢 or the Ouse Valley Viaduct 🚣🎢 to give it, it's proper name - and I may have climbed on it 🙊, I have a feeling this is not allowed - but the photos really do look very good 😃📷.The Viaduct 🎢  is a wonderful feature of the Sussex countryside 🌳 - it is just outside the town of Haywards Heath, and the London to Brighton railway line 🚂runs along the top of it.  If you are travelling from London to Brighton by train 🚂, you want to look out of your window after Three Bridges, and on the approach to Haywards Heath station and you get a fun high up view 🎢.The Viaduct has 37 arches 🎢, each 30 feet high.  What I like most of all, are the semi-circular arches in the supporting piers.  If you go and stand underneath you can look through the middle, from one end to the other 😮.  I love the repeat pattern effect, with the arches getting smaller and smaller and smaller in the distance - it's a really very impressive sight.The Viaduct 🎢 was opened 1841 , and designed by the engineer John Urpeth Rastrick along with David Mocatta.  It is 1,475 feet long and was built using 11 million bricks brought from the Netherlands.There is a footpath that runs under it 🚶 - on the road between Balcombe and Haywards Heath and it is well worth a look.In the photos I am wearing a dress by Lucy Wang 💕, some Toms espadrilles 👟 and a metallic (removable) tattoo by Streak 😘.  The necklace came from a shop in Hove, but I am sadly not sure who made it - if anyway does I would love to know!The photos were taken by Sarah Bray.Alice xxxIMG_0905IMG_0935IMG_0921IMG_0885IMG_0923 IMG_0925IMG_0929IMG_0892IMG_0898IMG_0941

The Wildflower Meadow

This weekend we spent some time in the wildflower meadow 🌸🌺🌷🌾at High Beeches Garden.  The meadow has been there for at least 145 years, most likely longer and it is a natural acid wildflower meadow.  The natural 🌷🌾 part is important - it has been growing all by itself for all these years - the only help it has had is being cut once a year, and the hay removed 🌾.  Many wildflower meadows you see and hear about now have been purposely planted (rumour has it Prince Charles 👑 carefully cultivates his at Highgrove), but the one at High Beeches grows every year, without any help at all and is really quite magnificent.I love it most at this time of year, as it is completely covered in ox-eye daisies 🌼 - I always associate June with daisies 🌼 (my birthday is today - hurrah! and June and my birthday mean the daisies  are out.  But I actually know very little about the rest of the flowers 🌷 and grasses 🌾 that make up the meadow (there are 45 wildflowers and 12 grasses!) so we went on a little wildflower hunt through the meadow, Pip and Barney 🐶 came too.In between Pip and Barney 🐶digging holes where they weren't supposed (there was a stern telling off) we found a number of quite delightful flora 🌷🌻.  So I know the daisy 🌼 - the ox-eye daisy or leucanthemum vulgare is a larger version of the common daisy, and I can recognise the sunshine yellow of the buttercup 🌻.  I also recognised the purple of the clover 🍀 flower once it had been pointed out, and there are many lovely little purply orchids  🌷- dactylorhiza fuchsii .Other wildflowers we discovered were the knapweed centaurea 🌺(I have looked at these for years and have had no idea what they were) and the same goes for the little yellow, common birdsfoot trefoil lotus corbicula 💐 (I think quite a hard name for a very charming flower).But the yellow rattle rhianthus minor 🌱 is completely new to me, and so was the common twayblade listers ovata 🌾.  There really are all sorts, and it can be very easy to miss them - but we did spot the tiny lesser stichwort 🌸.I have to say we didn't even begin on grasses 🌾 (I have some vague grass knowledge from Pony Club - the times when it was raining and we sat inside and learnt about things our ponies were and weren't allowed to eat) - and grass is for another day.The meadow is changing all the time and is really very beautiful - do go and see the daisies 😍🌼!And if you want some more information have a look at High Beeches Garden blog.Alice xxxIMG_7448IMG_7426IMG_7370[1]IMG_7435IMG_7450IMG_7433IMG_7431IMG_7438IMG_7432IMG_7390[1]IMG_7436IMG_7444IMG_7440IMG_7451

The Hen Party

Last weekend I went to a hen party 👸.  Hen party's are starting to happen, we're getting grown up and people are getting married 👰 and all that.  I have to admit that the phrase 'hen party' 👸 slightly fills me with dread - the idea of crazy drunkeness 🍸🍷🍹, pink sashes and tutus and plastic tiaras 🎀👕, games and things involving replicas of boy's private parts 🙊🙈, and a night out in a slightly soulless nighclub 💃, wearing a mini skirt and the only heels you own 👠, downing sourz shots 🍷and trying to dance enthusiastically to Steps 👯, with a group girls 👭👭👭, many of whom you've only just met.  And sometimes (I've heard) they descend into whipped cream 🍦and very naked men 🙈, and much much drunkeness  🍻💏(don't google 'hen party out of control' 😉).  I really do enjoy a night out of slight drunkeness, dancing and silliness - but hen partys sometimes seem a little cliche - and they can fall into the same category as New Year's Eve - everyone MUST be have fun.But the hen parties I have attended so far have been really very pleasant and fun affairs 😃 - and this weekend really was superb 😃😃.  Emily did a brilliant job of organising the party and all of us - and she found a wonderful place to stay in the Norfolk.After a gloomy ☔️(the weather, not the company 👩👧👸) drive 🚗 up on Friday night - we woke to bright sunshine ☀️ and the Norfolk countryside 🌳 .  We went for a walk 🚶, and sat in the sunshine ☀️and chatted and caught up , had a marvellous dinner 🍴 in the evening, and got satisfyingly drunk 🍷 (and perhaps there was a little bit of silliness 😉).On Sunday we went to Aldeburgh 🌊 and ate fish 🐟 and chips 🍟on the beach 🌅 in the sunshine.It was all really quite charming ☺️, and I think the nicest thing, was that it was such a lovely group of girls - I think it can be rare that you will get on with all your friend's friends, and even rarer that you will get on really well with all of them 😃.It was a wonderful weekend all 😊.Alice xxxIMG_7158IMG_7176IMG_7178IMG_7195IMG_7206IMG_7343IMG_7197IMG_7266IMG_7268IMG_7275 IMG_7283

The Bank Holiday

This bank holiday I was in the countryside and it was sunny ☺️.  We did countryside 🌳things such as walking to the pub and drinking pimms 🍹, eating lunch outside 🍴🍻, having tea outside ☕️🍰, going for another walk 🌲, losing the dog 🐶😳, finding the dog 🐶😃, having some more tea 🍰☕️.  It was a very good weekend.  On Monday I went to watch the polo 🐎at Guards Polo Club (thank you Alice and James 😃) and I wore my new Maruti ankle boots I am so pleased with 😘 (I found them in the Clapham Junction TK Maxx, last Thursday 😍).Alice xxxIMG_2550IMG_6640IMG_6963IMG_6972IMG_6999IMG_7080IMG_7022IMG_7020IMG_7026IMG_7030IMG_7044IMG_7064IMG_7070IMG_7053IMG_7074IMG_7052IMG_7082IMG_7083

A Riot of Rhododendrons

A quick interlude from my travels (there is lots more Spain to come!), but the rhododendrons are out and they are looking marvellous.High Beeches Garden has a huge array of Rhododendrons and what I love most is the contrast of colours - pinks, oranges,reds and yellows sit side by side - some with huge flowers, other absolutely tiny.Below are just some of the very many - they are all rhododendrons unless I have stated otherwise, and they are all in flower at the moment.Alice xxx Photo 15-05-2016-2Photo 15-05-2016-11 Photo 15-05-2016-6Photo 15-05-2016-8Photo 15-05-2016-10Photo 15-05-2016Pieris FormosaPhoto 15-05-2016-22Photo 15-05-2016-15Photo 15-05-2016-12Photo 15-05-2016-13  Photo 15-05-2016-17Photo 15-05-2016-19Photo 15-05-2016-20Photo 15-05-2016-23Davidia - The Handkerchief TreePhoto 15-05-2016-21

Standen House in a Red Dress

img_1303These photos were taken at Standen House 🏯 in the East Sussex countryside 🌳.  Mummy took the photos 📷 - and I love the combination of the vintage Alice & Co red dress 👗❤️ and Orla Kiely umbrella 🌂with the arts and crafts house and garden 🌲🏠.Standen House 🏯 was completed in 1894 for the Beale family.  Philip Webb was the architect commissioned to lead the project, and the idea was to build a house that looked as though it had always been there 🏰.  It was constructed using local materials and traditional construction methods 🔨 following Arts and Crafts movement.  Webb incorporated the medieval farm buildings 🏡already on the site, as well as drawing on them and the Sussex vernacular and surrounding landscapes for inspiration 👨💡.  Although the design was influenced by the past, the house was built as an up-to-date modern home with central heating 🔥 and electricity 💡.The garden 🏡 was very much part of the design of the house following William Morris's thought that 'a house should be clothed by it's garden' 🏠👗.Alice xxxPhotos by Sarah BrayIMG_1279IMG_1264IMG_1303  IMG_1298   IMG_1308IMG_1309IMG_1313

The Flower Show

The flower show -🌺 The Spring Ornamental Plant Competition 🌸- was a very early start - I met Mummy at 8am at Wisley on Saturday morning, to help with the final set up for the exhibs from High Beeches Garden.The set up had been going on the day before, so most rhododendrons 🌸 and camellias 🌺were already looking pretty good - there was some last minute cleaning of petals and leaves and general rearrangement going on.I have been to one of these before, quite some time ago - but was excited to go again.  It's a very friendly vibe, nothing like your village fair vegetable competition 🍆🍍🌽(not that I have ever been to one of these before) but I always imagine (mainly I think from Wallace and Gromit🐶) that the other competitive competitors are giving each others marrows 🍆 furtive glances over the garden wall in the week before the show, and that there is always the potential for night time sabotage - because, you know, it is important to win.However, the flower showing bunch are a friendly sort, and there was lots of chat about gardens, and the weather, and the early start and the weather.  It has been WET 💧💧💧 this year - you may have noticed, so this upsets the balance of the growing.  The magnolias are suffering big time, there were hardly any on show, and people have had to be a bit more inventive with what they are going to show.  The big gardens such as Exbury and Savill Gardens have lots of choice, it's trickier for us smaller gardens with less choice.  My favourite, possibly, are the small private gardens - the real plant enthusiasts who dearly love their plants, and are excited to get a chance to show against some of this big name competitors.So it was a nice morning, and we tidied up our rhododendrons 🌸, had a good peer at everyone else's exhibits, and chatted plants. We decided we had done the very best we could and went for breakfast altogether ☕️.Then after the judging 📝, we came back to the show and we hadn't done too badly at all - a number of first prizes for rhododendrons AND we came third in the big class.  Next was prize giving.  What I like about plant people 🌳👦👧 is you get the tidy tweed jacket wearers, and you get the 'I have come straight from my garden with mud everywhere' types.  But really all they care about are the plants.  The lady presenting the prizes was wearing a splendid jacket with large camellia flowers 🌺 printed all over it.I enjoyed myself immensely, and took A LOT of photos.  We weren't actually exhibiting camellias 🌺, but I got excited and photographed a lot of them, I just love how perfectly formed the flowers are, and they often have superb names ...... and of course I took photos of our rhododendrons too.I also took home a number of plants that didn't make it into the exhibit, and now our house looks like a small arboretum 🌳🍃🌿🌺... possibly my flatmates are becoming worried..... there is a story somewhere, I think by Gerald Durrell, one of his early memories of visiting an elderly lady, always in her bedroom, four poster bed and dressing table with mirror, and the curtains were always closed, and in the half light he could see the whole room was just filled with flowers and plants...  I haven't got to this stage, yet..Alice xxxIMG_4955IMG_4920IMG_5043IMG_4914IMG_4912IMG_4915IMG_4916IMG_4918IMG_4922IMG_4933IMG_4935IMG_4936IMG_4939IMG_4940IMG_4941IMG_4947IMG_4948IMG_4950IMG_4990IMG_4966IMG_4983IMG_4985IMG_4962IMG_4965IMG_4957IMG_4972IMG_4944IMG_4963IMG_4982IMG_4927

A Walk in the Garden

High Beeches Garden has just reopened after the winter, and we went for a walk round the garden to see what is in flower.  I am very good at mainly noticing Camellias 🌺 and Magnolias 🌸, somehow I always get drawn to them.  However, if you look past the flourishes of Camellia flowers there are rather a lot of other fun things to be found, in all sorts of colours.The Rhododendrons 🌺🌺are starting to flower and there are some magnificent ones - I always find it amazing the difference in size between these trees, there are absolutely tiny ones such as the Rhododendron racemosum, sitting right next to Rhododendron macabeanum, whose flowers I always think looks more like an animal than vegetable.I was particularly taken with the white star shaped flower on the Rhododendron quinquefolium ⭐️ and also the Grevillea 'Canberra Gem', which looks so pretty in flower, and seems so unexpected, the contrast of dark green and bright red ❤️💚.The cherry blossom 🌸🍒 is starting to appear and we found Prunus Sargentii, an excellent purply pink, and also the Montezuma Pine (such a good name) has cones on it 🌲😍.There is so much to see, and this is only the beginning - it will be in full bloom before too long 😊.If you want to read more about the garden in detail - the blog, written by Sarah Bray, has all sorts of details about the garden and the plants - High Beeches Garden blog.Alice xxxIMG_4715IMG_4735IMG_4645IMG_4627IMG_4658IMG_4701IMG_4709IMG_4697IMG_4718IMG_4726IMG_4738IMG_4686IMG_4746 

The Easter Egg Hunt

This Easter we hunted for eggs, as this seems the correct thing to do on Easter, and it is really very exciting to find many small brightly coloured chocolate eggs hidden about the garden.  The history behind the easter egg hunt is rather vague - there are references to the Easter egg as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus, the egg symbolising the tomb from which Jesus arose.  Our Easter Egg hunt was comprised of small chocolate eggs wrapped in foil, mainly thanks to Cadbury's and hidden expertly by Daddy and Willie.  We had a lovely time, although it was a rather blustery day - Pip very sadly wasn't allowed to join in - chocolate being bad for dogs and all.Alice xxxIMG_4395IMG_4399IMG_4405IMG_4421IMG_4403IMG_4416IMG_4437IMG_4408IMG_4414IMG_4438IMG_4439

Amberley Castle

When I first started my blog, I did a series of posts of me dressed in rather wonderful dresses 👗, in a number of different gardens.  I never really explained the reason for these - and really is just because I love dresses - proper dresses and because it is fun photographing in gardens and outside country houses.  Mummy very kindly took all the photos for these 'shoots' and we have had a really very fun time exploring a number of gardens and houses, and I am looking forward to doing more 😊.  Although I am not always the easiest model - I make funny faces by accident, and sometimes I get embarrassed about being photographed in public so we have minor Mother / daughter heated discussions - however mostly we have come away with some really excellent photos and have greatly enjoyed ourselves.Here is a lovely photo shoot, shot at Amberley Castle 🏰in Sussex.  I am wearing a vintage dress 👗, it really is a proper princess 👸dress, and sometimes I can't quite believe people actually went to parties in dresses such as these (actually I really wish we still did).  The dress in the bright blue looks wonderful against the castle backdrop, and we had a really good sunny day ☀️ for photographing.  Amberley Castle was built by the Bishops of Chichester, and there has been a structure there since 1103 - the fortifications, walls and gatehouse arrived around 1377.  It really is a rather whimsical place, with ruins still inside the walls, they are now a rather stunning feature of the garden.  Really the best part is that it is a hotel, so you can go and stay within the castle walls.  The drive slopes down hill away from the castle entrance and it really does feel as though a prince might gallop 🐎 up any moment and sweep you away....Happy Easter!!Alice xxxPhotos taken by Sarah BrayIMG_1429IMG_1421 IMG_1399IMG_1439IMG_1443 IMG_1444 IMG_1452 IMG_1457 IMG_1461

Point-to-Pointing

This weekend we went to the Crawley and Horsham Hunt point-to-point 🏇 at Parham House.I have never actually known exactly what a point-to-point is (I know it's a horse race, but that's about it).  I looked it up and it turns out a point-to-point is a horse race for hunting horses and amateur riders.  The name 'point-to-point' originates from the first of such races, run in Country Cork.  A Mr Blake 🏇 challenged his neighbour Mr O'Callaghan 🏇 to race across country from Buttevant church ⛪️ to Doneraile church ⛪️, jumping anything that got in the way - stone walls, ditches and hedges.  They kept the steeple of the church at the finish in sight and this is where we get both 'steeplechase' and 'point-to-point' from, as they were chasing from 'steeple-to-steeple' or 'point-to-point'.  Nowadays they race around a purpose built race track - those pesky motorways, barbed wire fences and proud landowners don't really allow to horses races between church steeples.  But there is still one left in the UK that is run under the original conditions - the New Forest Boxing Day Point-to-Point, which gives you a start and a finish point, but allows you to chose your route - and sounds really rather fun.It was a lovely day out, with a few Sat Nav mishaps (there is a place called Parham in Suffolk, not helpful) and a quick stop at Mcdonalds on the way (we had a few hungover participants), we arrived to enjoy a glorious day watching the horses.There is something so reassuring about turning up to a proper countryside event - horses, barbours, tweed, muddy wells, dogs galore, every landrover in the county parked precariously in the mud and a slightly comical commentator.  And the nicest thing is, it's not too showy.  Yes there are some red trousers, and the prosecco clutching young man wearing a white designer jumper possibly got the wrong memo (this is pony club, not a flashy polo match), and there were some slightly obnoxiously shiny landrovers.  But really most people seemed very content pottering about in their non-designer tweed, wellies and flat caps, with their spaniels and terriers on leads, just enjoying the sunshine and the races.It was a glorious day.Alice xxxIMG_3978IMG_3991IMG_3993IMG_4158IMG_4160IMG_4020IMG_4021

Sophie's Shop Revisited

Yesterday Mummy and I spent a lovely afternoon in Sophie's Shop in Forest Row🌳, East Sussex.  I love coming to visit Sophie 👩🏻and her shop🏠as it is always nice to catch up and is the perfect excuse to pick up a new wardrobe staple 👗(I've hardly taken off the Iro jeans I bought last time😊).  We had some excellent lunch 🍝 from Maria's next door, and then got immersed in all the wonderful clothes 👖👗and accessories 👠.The shop is beautifully laid out, with super displays and there is exactly the right amount of items on display. Sophie buys and sells vintage and nearly new designer clothes 👚👠👗, and she has a really good eye - there is always a superb selection.I love this kind of shopping experience, as you are presented with beautifully arranged clothes, in a welcoming environment, and it is the chance to buy some designer 👠 items I would never normally consider (only look longingly at in magazines📚😍).She has all sorts from Burberry trench coats 👘to Diane Von Furstenberg, Amanda Wakeley and Caroline Charles dresses 👗to Isabel Marant 👚tops.  There are also a number of high street items - Whistles,  J Crew and Hobbs are all there too.  Accessories range from Russell & Bromley shoes 👢and Radley handbags 👝to Chanel pumps👟My littlest sister came away with the most fantastic Alexander McQueen heels👠She also has a super selection of jeans👖 - MiH, J Brand, James Jeans and Paige are all there (hopefully in you size 😀).And Sophie always has very good outfit and style recommendations💁. She has a keen eye for items that will suit your style and shape.  She always chooses things I would never normally even look at, and once on I can't believe I ever survived without (I came away with an amazing blue Nicole Fahri top👕).The best thing is, the stock is changing all the time, so you never know what you might discover.We had a lovely time trying things on 💃 and I can't wait to go back again soon - it's the perfect place to pick up a new staple item 👖to refresh your current wardrobe 👘or you might be lucky and find that dress 👗to wear to that summer wedding.She also recommended Abi Gurney Hat Hire 👒I found that dress 👗 for that wedding and now need a hat👒!  And this is such a good idea - hire a hat rather than buy it.Thank you so much for having us Sophie!Alice xxxIMG_2860IMG_2817IMG_2818IMG_2821IMG_2832IMG_2840IMG_2848IMG_2874IMG_2886

The Walled Garden at Charleston in a Catherine Walker Dress

Charleston farmhouse is situated in the South Downs in Sussex and was the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant from 1916 until 1978, as well as being the country meeting place of the Bloomsbury group.The walled garden at Charleston was created by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant to the designs of the artist Roger Fry.  The small garden slopes down from the side of the house, and as you enter, you become quickly immersed in the dense planting of the garden.  At every turn of the narrow gravel path, there is something to delight the senses, a small classical sculpture, a mosaic pavement, a vibrant bed of Dahlias, a tile edged pool, a fruiting apple tree, each drawing you further into the garden.What I love most about this garden is the combination of colours and and the discovery of the unexpected as you wander through.  It really does feel as though it has been created by artists, with every element carefully planned, and each vista a work of art in itself.Charleston AppleCharleston 2Charleston 4Charleston DahCharleston BenchCharleston 7Dress: Vintage Catherine Walker; Shoes: Vintage Carvela at Kurt GeigerPhotographed at CharlestonPhotography: Sarah Bray     

The Garden at Gravetye

IMG_4203IMG_4191Gravtye Manor is the former home of the gardener William Robinson, author of The English Flower Garden and The Wild Garden.  Robinson introduced the idea of naturalised planting – the concept of allowing nature to flow in the garden, challenging the usual practice of planting formal gardens with set borders.Robinson, who bought the manor in 1884, put his wild gardening theories into practice in the garden and many of his naturalised bulbs can still be seen today.  The more formally arranged flower garden surrounds the manor, with the wild garden spreading out from the edges, including the orchard and meadow.  Since 2010 the aim has been to both conserve and re-create Robinson’s work as well as progressing the garden, in homage to his style.At this time of year the contrast of the burnt orange helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ sitting alongside the white romneya coulteri ‘Californian Tree Poppy’ is really charming.  The Kitchen Garden is a wonderful sight, with all sorts of exciting fruit, vegetables and herbs being grown, which are all used in the kitchen and served in the restaurant.The garden has such character and whether you are sitting in the formal garden having afternoon tea, or taking a stroll further afield after lunch, it is a really special experience.IMG_5902IMG_5908IMG_5921Green dress: Vintage Gina Fratini; Shoes: Office.Pink dress: Topshop; Shoes: Elia B.Photography: Sarah BrayPhotographed at Gravetye Manor