So, while I was out for a walk on Sunday, I suddenly saw something I’ve walked past thousands of times and never seen before!
Railway Sleepers, fence posts and decking have never looked so much fun. This is outside a local school, but wouldn’t it work so well in a garden that needed a barrier or seating that can also be the focus of play? And why stop there – remember the wooden building blocks of early childhood – with a combination of rectangles and cylinders, you could create castles and towns, cars and furniture. Even a grown up garden would benefit from the whimsy of a wooden block ‘sculpture’. I want to do some garden revamping myself…I feel an idea coming on.
And speaking of ideas, I just love this!
Every time I see this garden, on the edge of Tooting Bec, I am mesmerised by the atmosphere these standing stones create. It’s like they’re guarding the house, friendly protectors. Ok, so mid-winter, they’re a little creepy – just a little bit – but in mid summer with the acanthus spires surrounding them, I love how they add height and texture to a very green garden and reflect the colours of the blooms on the acanthus.
I imagine that the sculptures are created by drilling a central hole in each river stone and then threading them onto a metal rod that has been secured into a poured concrete pad, but with the right tools ( and a friendly builder 😉 ) this is not hard work considering the impact achieved. And with a little wooden town, these stone spires look a bit like trees, can you see where I’m going with this? So much inspiration from natural materials…