Tuesday, 10 July 2018

yellow grass

It's been about three months now since the last significant rain. As a result the lawns are now yellow/brown from lack of water. Photo shows the lawn in front of the main house.

Monday, 9 July 2018


The newest seedlings are already sprouting and growing fast - nasturtiums in the square pots are for autumn and all the other pots have wallflower varieties for spring 2019.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

freezing weather

The very cold weather in March took us by surprise and brought my work in the garden to a halt.
Photos show views of the main house and the garden under snow.

Friday, 12 January 2018


The closed up, chilly greenhouse in early January, and the outside work area. The pots have daffodils, tulips and some other bulbs for spring flowering; they can be moved to provide colour in different areas as needed.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Surlingham village festival

The 2016 Surlingham Village Festival was held at Padmaloka Retreat Centre on Saturday 10th September. Previously a popular vote was taken for a village personality to open the festival and the winner was Sylvia Russell, local shop keeper and post-mistress.

Sylvia Russell arriving from the temporary carpark, accompanied by Marcin Wojcik from the Padmaloka community.

Sylvia listen to some words of welcome, shielded from a light rain by Marcin.

The cutting of the ribbon to officially open the village festival.

Presentation of a bouquet to Sylvia by festival committee member Karen Francis.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Saddhamani in the garden

Saddhamani in the garden this morning working on a flower bed. 
He is from France and has also worked as the housekeeper, cook, guest master and bookkeeper.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

norwich views

Some photos of Norwich taken on trips to town in the past couple of weeks.

Quay Side - part of the riverside walk. 

 Plantation Garden on Earlham Road - a secluded and peaceful garden.

 The Roman Catholic cathedral of St John the Baptist

View of Norwich Castle in the distance and the War Memorial in the foreground. In between can be seen the coloured rooftops of the market stalls and part of the city centre shopping area beyond.