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Month: July 2016

Long Hot Summer

Hammock

Dappled shade

Lying in my hammock under the shade of the old apple tree, swaying gently in the soft breeze, I’ve been inspired to share some of my favourite garden photographs with you. They range from pictures of the poshest furniture to images of the most makeshift. Whether it’s sunshine or shade you’re seeking there’s something for everyone, from small children and animals, to grown men.

Petersham Nursery Garden Bench

Garden bench at Petersham Nursery

 Petersham Nursery is a must for anyone who loves a traditional walled garden and quirky antiques. Set amidst the water meadows of Richmond and Kew it is a stone’s throw from the Thames’ towpath and a great place to treat yourself to a delicious slice of cake and delicate teas.

Luxury Swing Seat

Luxury Swing Seat

If your preference is to stay at home and enjoy the peace and tranquility of your own surroundings what better way to relax than in this gorgeous swing seat. Available in many different colour combinations and styles visit www.oddlimited.com for details.

Herman's Bay, SA

Hermanus Bay, SA

Sometimes staying at home isn’t enough and the temperate climate of a foreign continent beckons. These chairs in a garden overlooking Hermanus Bay are the perfect place to sit and whale watch in the South African springtime.

Makeshift hammock

Makeshift hammock

Closer to home these small children have found happiness in this makeshift hammock. I’m not sure if it is attached to the washing line but looking at the shadows in the background I think it very likely.

Hot Dog

Hot Dog

Some animals are plain spoilt, whilst others have to fend for themselves and find a shady spot under the table.

Pimm's and pusssycat

Pimms and pussycat

It always gives me great pleasure to dress a table for meal time, even more so when it is the garden. In the photograph above hand-painted china plates and bowls sit amidst fresh flower posies and decorative napkins.

Bistro, Director, and Steamer chairs

Bistro, Director, and Steamer chairs

Nowadays, it is very fashionable to mix and match dining chairs, whereas it used to be out of necessity. I am particularly fond of these bistro chairs which have been reinvented many times over with a fresh coat of paint.

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Lastly, I love these bronze statues sitting on this old wooden bench on the Isle of Wight. I wonder what they’re talking about and whether they are enjoying a rare moment of relaxation….

Are You Going To Albury Fair?

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme…

I couldn’t help but think of the opening lyrics of the famous Simon & Garfunkel ballad, Are You Going To Scarborough Fair?, as I wandered around Albury Heath yesterday afternoon on what seems to have been the first proper day of summer this year.  It’s not the first time I’ve visited the Albury Produce Show and on each occasion I have been really impressed. Held on the Cricket Ground in the middle of July each year it has something for everyone.

Plants

Plants

Children were entertained on the roller coaster which consisted of a child’s slide, welded metal pipes, and a plastic tray on wheels manually operated by two conscientious gentlemen who ensured each participant had a safe but exhilarating joy ride.

There was terrier racing for dogs of all breeds and sizes. They chased a mock “hare” that  raced back and forth along the course. Mayhem ensued as the dogs leapt back and forth trying to catch the toy.

Vintage cowboy

Vintage cowboy spectator

Booty

Booty bag

Vintage

Vintage

An array of stalls sold plants and produce, bric-a-brac and vintage wares.

Stuff

Stuff

In the show tent there were flower arrangements, and vegetable competitions, alongside beautifully crafted exhibits and photographic artworks.

Knitted wedding cake

Knitted wedding cake

Knitted Gardener

Knitted Gardener

Steamer

Steamer

Photograhic competition

Photograhic competition

There was tombola and hoopla, football and egg throwing, and an array of other challenges to keep the young and old amused.

Catering stalls offered hotdogs and burgers, tea and cakes, ice-cream and candy floss as well as Pimms by the glass.

In the background a hog was being roasted on a spit in anticipation of the evening barn dance which would be followed on Sunday by the Albury music festival.

Not wishing to come home empty handed I couldn’t resist a framed papier maché dung beetle made by a local artist. With its gorgeous pearlescent body and bright yellow eyes the Ignotus Scarabeus will sit proudly on my mantlepiece. Despite there being a full complement of parsley, sage rosemary, and thyme, I was only tempted by a catering size tomato tin that was home to a rosemary plant which now looks very much an integral part of my kitchen garden.

Papier maché beetle

Papier maché beetle

Rosemary

Rosemary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the date for next year’s show. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Superyacht Design Week 2016

Expert Panel

Expert Panel

On Day 2 of Superyacht Design Week I had the privilege of sitting in on a Q&A session hosted by Crestron at their experience centre situated on the second floor of the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Making up the panel were three of the marine industry’s leading technology experts; Patrick Coote of Blohm+Voss; Neil Grant of  Harris Grant; and Ameet Sarvaiya of Van Berge Henegouwen. Paddy Baker, Editor of Installation Magazine moderated.

The session,  DESIGNING WITH PEACE OF MIND, raised the question  “When building a superyacht, what security challenges do we need to consider?”The experts were asked to discuss the options available to designers, shipyards, owners and crew, as well as technological advancements in the market.”

I quickly learnt that the superyacht owner’s greatest fear is that of unwelcome intruders making their way on board. Patrick Coote was quick to demonstrate, with a series of images, that the shape of the hull can itself act as a significant deterrent. Particular attention is also paid to the shape, position and operation of the transom doors as well as that of the swim platforms.

As well as physical intruders a member of the audience raised the owner’s fear of cyber attacks and the hacking of on-board networks. Neil Grant said that the IT systems Harris Grant design and install are of the highest standard, are robust, and are stringently tested and monitored. Aside from the IT network HG also install CCTV and comms as part and parcel of the on-board security system.

Asked about the challenges of working in such a demanding industry Neil explained the complexities of streaming live broadcasts to a vessel that could be anywhere in the world. As part of their remit as system integrators, HG have to provide seamless audio visual facilities throughout the vessel, be it to the crew mess or the owner’s private suite, and they have to be operational 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Another question from the floor asked at what stage of a superyacht build would a company such as HG or VBH need to be appointed. There was a reverberating response of “not soon enough”. The very infrastructure on which every item of hardware has to hang needs to be included in the design from the very outset. A combination of space limitations and Lloyds codes require the correct cables to be specified, installed, future proofed, and terminated prior to areas being closed off, which means that the final design needs to be agreed very early on.

This timescale also impacts on the positioning of the hardware as much of it is required to be hidden away. Discerning owner’s do not want to see racks of equipment or bulky screens and loudspeakers, and as such these are often built into exquisitely made bespoke pieces of furniture. Screens rise and fall on near silent motorised lifts and hoists, while centralised racks of equipment disappear into temperature controlled voids or cupboards.

As such these industry experts often work hand in hand with a naval architect and interior designer. This combination of skills ensures that the client benefits from the best possible on-board experience; aesthetically, technologically, and securely, giving him the utmost peace of mind.

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