Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Barn, Newton Abbot - a MUST visit!




One of my favourite shops in Newton Abbot has to be 'The Barn'.

Opened not long ago, it offers an array of vintage and vintage style

goodies for the home... and garden.





The owners are lovely, so friendly and nothing is too much trouble.





Earlier today, we got chatting to the owner, Steve ; 

I was allowed to take my camera for a walk.

















There are heaps of treats on display and a good variety

of ideas for gifts...not that I'd want to give away any of it!

Nevertheless, there is plenty of inspiration.












Newton Abbot is a most delightful little town.

 'The Barn' is situated in Bank Street, which is where

 I was standing when I took this photo.

So it's very easy to find!







Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Gardening...vintage style...a new patch! ;-)



Hidden away, half way down the garden, is a shady patch which is delightful!

It used to be where we dumped dead plants and clippings...

but now my other half has cleared it and given me a little space in which to

make what I will call my own environmental area.




So it's a work in progress!

I recently acquired some old tyres! Well...they soon made themselves

 totally at home in my new patch...





...as did a few of my old garden tools and pots.





A splash of red...it's amazing the bargains you can find if you look hard enough!!





My dad's old tin trunk has a special place and adds that vintage feel...

I'm sure he'd be delighted! ;-)








I haven't really got going yet but..hey...watch this space!!


Meanwhile, here are some other patches in my garden

 that I love to visit every day....






















Friday, 22 July 2016

Lovely model gardens! ;-)




There is a wonderful assortment of model gardens at Trago Mills,

Newton Abbot.

I first visited these in 2009; I have to say that six years on

 they are still a sight to behold.







This is 'The Environmental Garden', where the creators have made use of

old things: tyres; a tin bath; a garden roller; old sinks; an old washing machine drum

 and bits of old iron.










The 'Devon Scene' serves to remind visitors where they are

with the old Devon thatched cottage standing alongside 

a river, with clapper bridge.








'Canal Street' has a row of houses each with their own pretty

frontage, facing a canal with an appropriate green barge,

bedecked with geraniums etc.













'The Railway Children's Garden'  is lovely and

depicts that old scene which we all love...

not forgetting the brown and cream signal box.








And the 'Cornish Seaside Garden' is lovely too...








If you fancy something a bit more formal then

'The Italian White Garden' is for you.





Or there's the 'Four Seasons Garden' complete with pool...







For more perfumed surroundings then 'The Sensory Garden' is top notch 

and not only pleasing to the nose but also a visual delight!







A visit to the model gardens at Trago Mills is a must!

;-)