Tuesday 5 February 2013

Snowy scenes

Monday 21st Jan
Weather: Everywhere was covered in snow, the world was transformed. The air was still and it didn't feel that cold - probably around 1 or 2°C. The light of the sky was extraordinary, almost surreal. It reminded me of a Japanese film that I saw where the sceneries were heightened backdrops of colour and light.
Driveway down to the farm

Snow on the peacocks

We started the ambitious task today of cutting back all the Ilex along the main driveway where one is only suppose to come into an avenue of oak trees, but over the years Ilex had self sowed and had turned into a dense thicket in between the trees. Doing this has changed that area quite dramatically and now you can start seeing the beautiful view of the rolling fields and woods beyond. It has opened it up and is letting in more light too. We kept back long lengths of holly of substantial width, as it has a really close grain, it's a strong wood and is potentially good for something (rumour has it that it is great for whittling into a spoon). We took off all the side branches and took these and all the brashy bits to Pen Stump to burn in a bonfire.


  1. Hi Maggie,
    Just wanted you to know how much I am enjoying your blog! It looks colder at Great Dixter than it is here in New England! Looking forward to future posts.

  2. Thank you Michael. It was beautiful when it snowed, but thankfully it has now warmed up again too.


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