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We have just returned from a magical few days down at Sambo’s farm.

The New Years Eve dinner tables were painstakingly built (between glasses of spritz) by the boys and decorated with quince branches by Angele, Olive, Jane and me. Dinner at sunset was followed by performances in the theatre and lots of dancing.

The rest of our days were filled with trips to the waterfall and the gorge to cool ourselves in the summer heat with 30 of us comically spread across two utes to travel, watching movies under the stars with everyone piled on mattresses in front of the projector, and eating an unimaginable amount of food prepared with so little fuss by Que and her team of mates.

To old friends and new, and most importantly Sam, Kali and Rupert, thank you for such a great escape.

   Photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

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Continuing on from Part I and my initial Paris post, here is Part Deux where we have an amazing vertical garden, a little trip to a friends place in Orleon, and some super cute kittens that I shared my room with.

Photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

Aitch is an illustrator originally from Romania, now living in Portugal. Her work is influenced by nature and folklore and reminds me of the ancient Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries.

Check out her website here.

 

Sambo and I were in Hvar, Croatia not so long ago for the beautiful wedding of Michelle & Dan. We so enjoyed the hospitality of the lovely couple along with their family and friends, big thanks for having us.

While there we also managed a bit of adventuring, exploring the little islands by boat as well as taking a cute convertible (of course) to go further inland. The island was bursting with life, thyme growing wild under our feet, pomegranates and figs picked freely from the side of the street, flowering fennel towering above us, the sweet scent of rosemary filling the air and gnarled old olive trees scattered everywhere. Picking wild things straight from the land makes for a perfect summer.

All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

I discovered these incredible ‘tubes de trichoptères’ at the Dries Van Noten exhibition at the Musee Arts Decoratif in Paris last month.

Created by insects which artist Hubert Duprais has provided with access to only gold and jewels.

I have to apologise for the radio silence over the last couple of weeks. I took a rather spontaneous trip to visit my sister in Paris and it was go go go from the moment I arrived till the moment I left. It was an incredibly inspiring holiday and there are lots of travel pics to come, but while I get my head in order here are some beautiful images taken by friend and photographer Kurt Davies during one of his recent winter walks through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park just north of Sydney.

    

Also worth sharing is the really special gift he gave me of miniature prints of these images enclosed in a little hand-made box. Thank you Kurt xx

All images by Kurt Davies.

Great Dixter is one of the most special quintessentially English gardens, created by horticultural extraordinaire Christopher Lloyd, and now lovingly maintained by head gardener Fergus Garrett and this team. It’s not the first time his garden has found its way onto these here online pages. (Check out a Vogue shoot starring Georgia May Jagger set in the garden here.) But here it is again this time in the guise of a film from NOWNESS, created by photographer and filmmaker Howard Sooley as part of their new Great Gardens series.

Other films from the series, the Tresco Abbey Garden and the Ford Ranch are also well worth a watch.

My best friend Janey is over in Europe and has been sending me jealousy inducing photographs of her travels. I asked her to write a little something for the blog, so here is a guest post about her week in a beautiful Swedish summer house.

A Midsommer Night’s Dream by Jane Crowley

Set in the Swedish provence of Småland, home to dense forest, over 5000 glinting lakes, the highest number of moose in the country and of course Pippi Longstocking, a fairytale scene is set for midsummer. A red house nesting in the middle of the forest surrounded by blanketed fields of wildflowers, and a river not far. It’s June and the days are long, light and bright.

The preparations for summer solstice, the longest day of the year, begin early. With 50 of us on the farm (Germans, Swedes, Australians and Brits), we bake bread every day, retrieve water from the well, bathe in the river, decorate the house with local wildflowers, cut the grass, hang up the hammocks, set the trampoline, swat the flies, perfect the bon fireplace, paint signs, build the outdoor kitchen and prepare the wild boar for the spit roast.

There is a secret garden, a homemade sauna, a confession booth, a hunting tower, a magically decorated dual compost toilet-house, and a whisky library room. After creating flower crowns, and dancing around the maypole like frogs, all 50 of us sit at one long table in the garden decorated with candles, wildflowers and jugs of cocktails, to feast on Swedish herring, salmon and the wild boar that has been roasting for ten hours.

Later, by the fire, a glittery rave begins; in the library, more are belowing to Johnny Cash records; in the dining room, a serious game of poker continues in one corner while facepainting is happening in the other; and the rest are frollicking in the fields like fireflies. Sunlight all night long, a midsummer nights dream in a Swedish fairytale.

Thank you again and again to the wondrous hosts Sixten and Sara, and Sixten’s family who have owned the property for over thirty years.

Cleaning up my laptop and just came back across these old disposable photos. I love the feel of these images taken on the cheapest camera known to man. Check out more pics I took The Harris Garden (fourth pic down and one of my favourite English gardens) here.

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I am a total sucker for botanical illustrations or presses. Nick Knight’s photographs remind me of old fairy books I had as a kid.

 

All images by Nick Knight.

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