Standen House

May 04, 2017

bleeding hearts

I love this time of year, spring flowers are my favourites. After the dark days of winter the sunshine and bright colours of the daffodils, crocus and tulips really cheer my spirit. This weekend Natalie and I went to Standen House, an Arts and crafts House near East Grinstead in West Sussex.

Standen House

The house itself was designed by Phillip Webb a close friend of William Morris and the inside was decorated in Morris and co textiles and paper. I am a huge fan of the Arts and Crafts period and the house was fantastic. Standing in the living room I was transported back to my Grandmothers house in the early sixties. Undisturbed by the bright lights and noise of technology of today but instead enveloped by quiet that was almost palpable, punctuated only by the slow ticking of the grandfather clock. 

spinning wheel

In the gardens it was tulip festival time and they were out in full force. 10,000 jewel coloured tulips carpeted the gardens along with wisteria, amazing camellias, daffodils and bluebells, it was quite a sight.

yellow tulip

We were also lucky enough to catch the end of an exhibition of Work by Kaffe Fassett, , I liked his quilts best. 

I took a lot pf photos on my phone but many of them were out of focus. I discovered later that keeping your mobile phone in a magenetic case can mess with the cameras image stabilisation! You live and learn, looks like I will have to go back.

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