How can a week have passed since I meant to post more photos from our damp soujourn at Stobo? But pass it has, so I may as well get on and show you what I've been intending to post all week: sculptures by local artists which were dotted around the gardens.
The gorilla in the bamboo might appear incongruous, but for me it immediately recalled a favourite childhood book, 'A Stranger at Green Knowe', where a gorilla escaped from a zoo finds refuge at the old house of Green Knowe. The series of Green Knowe books by Lucy Boston is one of the great classics of English children's literature. The first book especially, 'The Children of Green Knowe', is utterly magical. I hesitate whether to visit the setting of the books one day - the Manor at Hemmingford Grey, lest the magic disappear in contact with reality.
Below are some of my favourite pieces from the garden opening. I could see a place for all of them either in my garden or at the allotment. I wonder what our allotment fox would make of the penguins?
This last piece is especially lovely. I coveted it. One day, perhaps...