Saturday 1 September 2012

Welcome dinner

I arrived at Dixter today fairly without mishap, except for probably traumatising my partner Graeme and his brother who helped me with the move. Just managed to break a couple of things - one of my beautiful japanese bowls (at least it wasn't the best one) and my succulent plant smashed to pieces. When moving there are always random loose things that find themselves not in a box, I have probably not brought the things that are useful and 95% of my things seem to be food as if I am preparing for a ration. Anyways the important thing is that I am here and excited! I was welcomed by friendly faces and a lovely dinner. There was interesting chatter about thatching, botanical gardens in Oman & Turkey & an innovative build your own vegetable garden project for small urban spaces. And already I am going to the Unusual Plant and Art Fair at the Sussex Prairie Gardens tomorrow.

(Left to right - Jannick, James, Deb, Rachael, me - names are possibly incorrect but hopefully I will get them right in time. James & Rachael are former Christopher Lloyd Scholars. Tasty dinner was bruschetta, risotto with mangetout flourished by nasturtiums. Chefs J, J & R with live cookery session from Jannick)

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