Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Cotswold Dream - Part two






From Burford to Chipping Campden I was lost in the beauty of the golden Cotswolds and all the Hollyhocks welcoming guests at front doors!

I'm busily creating new paintings and patterns behind the scenes.
Thanks for visiting,
Catherine
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Cotswolds Dream - Part One

I had a long held dream of visiting The Cotswolds and I am excited to say this came true a few weeks ago.  It is such a beautiful part of the UK, with golden cottages and gardens overflowing with Hollyhocks and roses, looking out over rolling hills stretched as far as the eye can see.  I felt like painting every little scene I saw,  and I'm sure there will be future Cotswold inspired designs at Bumpkin Hill!

I will start our journey together in Hidcote Gardens.  Lawrence Johnson, the American creator of Hidcote Manor Gardens arrived with his Mother in 1907. She bought the house and 287 acre for £7,200, with a deposit of £10!










The garden is famously divided into rooms divided by high hedges, giving many wonderful surprises around each corner.











Just before my trip I finished this commissioned painting of my Garden. I grow flowers that I love, that bring happy memories and inspired by all the wonderful English Gardens I visit.

Do join me back here soon for the rest of my journey, I will share the welcoming little Towns next,
Hugs and flowers,
Catherine
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