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A night in the Garden room

This is a small space created from what was once the washhouse. In the tradition of that room it is not connected to the main house except by the back verandah. The old concrete-floored washhouse was built on the ground … Continue reading

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Queen’s [Jubilee] Weekend and a free recipe

In my family, Queen’s Birthday weekend has always been put aside for gardening. No holiday for us – because as children holidays were linked to the family yacht and the first day of winter is not the best one for … Continue reading

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Emile Zola and the thyme border.

I’ve talked before about how Gustave Caillebotte (1848 –1894), the French impressionist changed my attitude to Dahlias and how Beverly Nichols’ the English between-the-wars writer turned me onto Heliborous. Well this is another literary reference for the garden – this time … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls …

Merry Christmas – to all Decor Extremes followers from Peter and me. Now I ‘m not generally one for Christmas, although I must say I am settling into the rift this year – with excellent presents – the new Constance … Continue reading

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Courtyard Envy

Last weekend we ventured into the hills behind Napier. This is a zone that during all the time we’ve lived here we’ve never explored. We were lured by an open home – more than that – an open stately home of … Continue reading

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Pressed between pages

                    1. This tea set, a lovely lively little early nineteenth century production, decorated with grape vines and fruit, came to us from our favourite source, Maidens & Foster, the local … Continue reading

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Beverly Nichols and the Christmas rose

I am a big fan of the, now sadly obscure, writer Beverly Nichols, who if you can get in the groove of his somewhat arch queeny tone – is one of those fab interwar English poufs with an obsession with … Continue reading

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