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My Father’s Garden 父のガーデン

I visited my father last weekend and I was, as usual, impressed at how beautiful the garden is.


The garden was started in the 1960s, created on clay soil. Dad laboriously dug up the clay, burnt it and then broke up and mixed in with the soil. So this garden really was built ‘from the ground up’.


Over the years we have added different bits and pieces, such as rocks ‘borrowed’ from the nearby Forest of Dean, Tunisian clay lights and a metal  porthole from a shipwreck in Wales. Most importantly hundreds of plants, a couple of ponds and  various fruit trees have been included to make what is a good example of an English gardeners home.



Brockhampton Village Show ブロックハンプトンのヴィレッジ.ショー


One thing I would recommend any visitor to the Cotswolds to do is visit a village show. They usually take place on Saturdays in the Summer. They’re open to all.



Usually arranged around a village hall, you’ll find afternoon tea tents, competitions and games, secondhand book and plant stalls and second hand ‘antiques’ stands. Prices are always low and the cakes are always very good.


Today I went to Brockhampton a tiny village near Cheltenham  – here are some pictures of competitors in the best fruit, vegetable and flower competitions. It’s a very nice way to spend the afternoon.