In June we headed to the Greek island of Paxos for the marriage of our friends Steve and Sacha. Paddy and I, with four other friends, stayed in a remote villa, looking over the sea to mainland Greece. We sat in silence for long periods. I re-read The Bell Jar and Heartburn. We drank ouzo, cheap wine and listened to ambient music whilst watching the sea and sky (I’m completely serious). We agreed that it was like some kind of religious retreat.
Steve and Sacha married on the beach and then gave us some of the best wedding food ever. No plates were smashed.
How did we spend our days? Sometimes Paddy and I would walk through the woods to the beach and swim in saltwater for a change from the pool. Sometimes we would walk down to the town for supplies. Paddy and I had swimming races. We spent an afternoon watching a luxury yacht that moored in the cove below us. The inquiring minds of our group researched the provenance and cost of chartering the yacht as we examined it through binoculars and watched the staff prepare drinks and lunch on deck, as the guests snorkeled.
And you know what? It feels like it all happened years ago.
A whole season has passed (again) and there you have it. I’ve reduced the last four months to eleven photographs and some stories about my holiday. Wedding season has been unrelenting as ever and it feels good to be coming up for air at last. Now, as far as I’m concerned, Autumn has begun and Winter is around the corner.
Next month I’ll be holding the Annual Bulb Sale. Karen of Widehaugh House will come to the studio with thousands of bulbs (all the best varieties) to choose from. Not only will she have tulips but also the most beautiful narcissi, fritillaries, alliums and more. She is a font of botanical knowledge so come and be educated.
I remember the first time I went to Amsterdam. I couldn’t believe my luck to find bulbs of black tulips, blue tulips, parrot tulips in every conceivable shade and more. Imagine my disappointment when stem after stem of straight red tulips emerged from the pots in Spring. I was well and truly had. I’m not even talking red parrot tulips. You won’t have to suffer the same fate if you come to Wildflower HQ on Saturday 8th October. Houseplants, berries and flowers also making an appearance.