Sunday, April 1, 2012

Underneath The Arbour

The arbour a few Springs ago

'Underneath the arbour', it should read 'all change in the arbour' but the latter sounded less romantic.  We are very fortunate to have a large garden with plenty of al fresco dining areas.  The arbour comes into it's own during July and August when we decamp there, usually for long lazy summer lunches, with good company, good food and copious amounts of wine, these lunches often last well into the night.  The shade of the Campsis which winds around the latticework, the light, Summer westerly wind which breezes through the arbour, its gentle touch cooling hot skin, make dining outside in our humid Summers a very pleasurable experience.     

MG has been itching to do something to the arbour for ages, he already started a couple of years ago when he replaced the lattice work, carefully propping up the ancient branches of the Campsis with Acro props. Last week the surface was re skimmed with concrete and with a fall this time, so the damp will no longer seep into the garage (which will one day be a sitting room) which lies behind the wall of this gable end.

MG (who is a natural, gifted designer and craftsman, amongst other things) has plans, I must admit, they are quite radical and quite modern, my eyebrows were raised when he first told me as I struggled to see his vision but now I have come round to the idea and am in fact quite excited about it. We have a deadline, May 12th, so this is all going to happen rather quickly, (weather permitting!) I will keep you posted and show you the final result.

The arbour the other day, don't worry even though the ivy has been removed, the Roses, Peonies, Scabiosa and Fleabane are still there (and are staying there) they just have not come up yet.


  1. It sounds so lovely! Can't wait to see it finished, and in bloom.

  2. This looks exciting. MG sounds somewhat like Mr. Fly...he comes up with schemes for house and garden that have me wondering whatever it will turn out like...and it all works!

  3. Wonderful! Am looking forward to seeing the new setup WITH the roses and climbing things... what a lovely place!

  4. Dash, I loved this! I think that it might be the first I have seen of your outdoor area since I have been following...? Regardless, le grand sigh and how I am looking forward to reading more. I think that Remi and I really miscalculated exactly how much we would miss having an outdoor space and...calm. Can you imagine that we might be thinking of moving ALREADY?

    Really looking forward to la suite...


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  6. So lovely. I am English and was born, and live, in French speaking Quebec, Canada. Thanks for sharing such beauty.

  7. Oh this is dreamily beautiful, I'm so envious, i'm going to try to develop our garden this year, hubs is aesthetically blind alas.


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