Long Hot Summer

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Pimm’s and pusssycat

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

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.

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….

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  1. Once again a magnificent post – lets just hope our summer hasn’t gone for this year and it is taking a ‘rest’ break!

  2. Designed and built between 1896–1899, the 54-room mansion is the work of distinguished architectural company McKim, Mead White .

    1. The Vanderbilt Mansion set in the grounds of Hyde Park situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, to which you refer, was primarily used as a vacation home for the Vanderbilt family. The location was perfect as it offered quick and easy access to New York City on the Vanderbilt’s own New York Central Railroad. I’m sure they enjoyed many long hot summers on the estate.

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