Anglophiles and Gardeners... in England

Dear Readers..

I have been a busy blogger these past few days, clearing up files and organising posts and photos. It felt like a wonderful long visit with old friends, reading posts and comments from my various blogs.
I hope you will indulge me...with a post written while we were living in England. Something tells me there are quite a few Anglophiles and gardeners amongst you...I have a few ideas for you. I hope you enjoy them!

Jeanne xx

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Winston Churchill and his Clementine....
Posted February, 2011 

I can not think of a better way to end a relaxing day at home. It was a great week, a long week. I covered a lot of territory around London and I have to admit that this Hip Hop Happening Mama is plum tuckered out! My trusty pedometer was by my side, clocking up nearly 15km around the city.

I wasn't sure what I would write about today. I have so many thoughts floating around that it seemed impossible to decide on one. It then became clear when I saw an old photograph of Vanessa Redgrave at Chris Beetles Gallery  in London yesterday. I wrote a post about her here.

As chance would have it, we picked a family movie tonight and it was The Gathering Storm. As soon as I saw that Vanessa Redgrave plays the brilliant Clementine, I knew my next post was determined. I could not wait to write and tell those of you who enjoy English classics to see this film as it is wonderful!

The Gathering Storm was released in 2002. It is a love story of sorts between Sir Winston Churchill and his Clementine, Lady Churchill, the love of his life. The period in time is just leading up to WWII with the majority of their time spent in their beautiful country home, Chartwell, in Kent, England. You can watch the Trailer here.

via Wikimedia

Those of you who enjoy English classics will recognise this all star cast. 
Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Ronnie Barker, 
Tom Wilkinson, Linus Roache and Celia Imre to name a few. 
A fantastic performance by all and especially
 Albert Finney as Winston Churchill.

Winston and Clementine Churchill at Chartwell, Kent
via Life

If you have not been to Chartwell, I encourage you to visit it one day.
The house, garden, gardens and studio are wonderful.
I absolutely loved it and I am sure you will too!
I took the following photographs during our visit...

Chartwell beckons...

Through a meadow to an open door into Chartwell.

A view to Chartwell from The Terrace Lawn. tucked away against the trellis attached to the house you
will find a Magnolia grandiflora, planted by Lady Churchill.

The Kitchen Garden with views to the Weald of Kent.

Architectural details of the Studio and Chartwell.

From the studio artist's view.

'The Rose Walk' commemorating the golden wedding of Winston and Clementine.
12 September 1958

A glimpse into The Rose Garden created by Lady Churchill and her cousin Venetia Montagu
in the 1920's. Currently filled with hybrid tea roses, and soft-coloured plants, including cherry-pie,
 penstemons, catmint and fuchsias.
What every good garden needs..the perfect garden bench. 

From the Rose Garden to Chartwell.

A corner of the Goldfish Pond were Churchill spent time painting or
 feeding the orfe who still swim in the tranquil  waters of this pool.

Lastly..for more English gardening inspiration for your bookshelf,
read here.

There you have it my friends. 
An English movie to help tide you over until Downton Abbey kicks off a new season,
 a few gardening photos to pop in the inspiration file (feel fee to pin) and hopefully a giggle 
over the Hip Hop Happening Mama post..because it was one of my favourites too.
It is where I met Lisa...who discovered Tahilla Farm for me.

From one Anglophile, gardening enthusiast
and Hip Hop Happening Mama to another...
Happy wishes for a wonderful weekend!

Images~J. Henriques
except where noted

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