Just outside East Grinstead (where we were staying) is Standen, an Arts and Crafts house preserved by the National Trust. For more information on this house, click on the link. We've visited here many times in the past, but not for a few years now. This is one of the first places that inspired Chris to make Arts and Crafts furniture.
I love the view of the house from this direction,the naturally weathered oak boarding at the front of those roof gables and the conservatory area on the left are beautiful parts of the architecture of the house.
In the conservatory, I couldn't resist taking a photo of this stunningly vibrant orchid.
As you can see from the reflection, Chris was trying to help me get the best angle on this photo of a copper repousse mirror. I think it was a bit high up for me! (-: Copper repousse work was one of the major crafts practiced during the Arts and Crafts period. For more information on copper repousse work being done today, click on the link.
After spending about 2 hours wandering around the house, it was time for some fresh air and a walk around the gardens. The mixture of crocus and daffs around this tree was a lovely splash of colour.
I guess March isn't the best time to visit any garden. The grotto area is still atmospheric none the less. Imagine this a bit later in the year, lush with ferns and other foliage!
This was a handy seat where we could rest weary feet!
Chris with his aunt Viv.
The crocus and daffs in this dark and dank area seem almost luminous.
The way out to the top of the garden.
As we were walking around the fruit and vegetable area of the garden, we came across this beautiful bug home, made from old pallets, odd tiles, pots, stones, canes and twigs. We all completely fell in love with it and Viv and I are determined to make one for our own gardens!
Back home, I've found just the right place for one under my Strawberry Tree. Hopefully, when I've made it, I will do a post on it! (-: