Research from www.aysgarthrockgarden.co.uk
Well we can’t stop time and we can’t stop winter approaching; at least we can enjoy the hues of autumn until the days turn really dark. It’s a time for cosy fires in the Retropoodle house! Coco is the most drawn to the fire, she’s known as the heat hogger! Apparently it’s a trait in brown poodles, I think she feels the cold, but hey! I’m happy to hug her in front of the fireplace anyway!
I can’t help but have a touch of the tropics though, dreaming of warmer climates. A tropical blouse and palm tree brooch, made from early celluloid, finishes off my late 1940s suit. I bought the outfit about 16 years ago in Flaggstaff, Arizona and if you look carefully, you will see a subtle western hint, with the arrowhead detailing across the front and back of the jacket. My amazing hat was originally from Levy’s department store in Memphis, Tennessee. I found it online and adore it!
Assorted browns look great together – mother nature tells us that with her beautiful autumn displays and these three tone brown shoes from Rocket Originals and fabulous raffia handbag, harmonise together beautifully. The bag, although flat in appearance, actually holds plenty of stuff: I carry tons around for me and the poodles!
Recently, we visited somewhere which I’d heard about years ago, but wasn’t sure if it actually still existed or not. I recalled seeing an early 20th century postcard of it, maybe in a book about Yorkshire. So anyway, we were travelling through Aysgarth when I caught sight of some rocks from the corner of my eye. We pulled up and sure enough, there it was… Aysgarth Edwardian Rock Garden!
Aysgarth Edwardian Rock Garden was originally built around 1902 by local man Frank Sayer Graham, who had made his money from local game (the silver coated rabbits that resided in the area). Their pelts were sold for the lining of car coats that were worn by the rich and famous. He had a passion for gardening and the massive rocks were somehow brought in from an area west of the plot called Stephen’s Moor.
This grade II listed garden has been lovingly restored by the current owners a hundred years after its construction and is truly a magical little place; it’s literally like stepping back in time! It takes the form of a walk through grotto, where trickling water and beautiful alpine plants and ferns create a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere.
I have to admit to getting a kick out of a good rockery – I mean the type with massive rocks and deep dark ferneries. I actually have a small fernery in my own garden, but with a tropical vibe to it.
The ambience of this enchanted place is mesmerising and you will hanker to stay a while, maybe read a few pages of a book and relax.