Pauline Lee’s beautiful ceramics are inspired by her and her partner Jeff’s woodland garden beside the River Dart as it passes their door, twisting and twining through Dartmoor. (A little further downriver from here is a pool where I love to swim from June-Sept). What a joy, I thought, to be living and creating with everything you love the most. The garden is roughly divided into ‘rooms’ with carefully chosen species and foliage, dappled sun variegating leaves. Ligularia in the shady boggy area while Monarda Didyma grows in great gorgeous clumps beside golden Achillea in the sun . The colour designs are a delight. Each room is furnished with Pauline’s ceramics that make you gasp when you find them, perfectly placed and sometimes hidden while the river’s voice and the whispering trees (I’m being carried away, yes!) can be heard from every corner. The veg garden also has plenty of sculptural interest to admire from the tallest leeks I’ve seen in August to a cornucopia of tomatoes as well as (long) reddening peppers which Jeff says they use to decorate the house at Christmas. Here are some pictures of studio and garden for you to enjoy from a sunny August day. And I’m going off to find a pen that works. You can see more and much better pictures here.
(By the way, I’m changing the way this blog works from now on. Featured Writer news won’t get muddled up so much hopefully! )