Friday, 4 June 2010

A little piece of heaven!! ;-)

Almost every day, I drive by this lovely house.
It is a stone's throw from where I live and I remember it from many years ago when it was run down , falling down and dilapidated.
Then someone took it on... and improved it no end... day, a year or two ago, there was a table outside with a few plants on it and an honesty box.
You know how much I love to see plants for sale on such tables!
However, this year I noticed that the sign said...'Come in!' ;-)
The only problem is that there is only one parking space and every time I have driven by, it's been taken!
Not today though!
And I got in...and boy did I get the surprise of my life!
If you are a garden lover, you would have loved this!
I didn't have to pay for admission but I gladly would have!
I entered a very secret garden; a little piece of heaven which if it was mine, I don't know if I could share it!! ;-)

Firstly, I was gobsmacked at the amount of land behind these previously closed doors.

Secondly, I met a lovely lady who must have the greenest fingers in Devon .

Oh.... and a touch of vintage, which always goes down well with me!
Sue (lets give her a name!) dropped what she was doing to give me a guided tour of her garden with its charming hidden paths and borders.

Little places to rest here and there.

And querky features... like this piece of wood found in the nearby River Teign.
To me, it resembled a large bird about to take flight!

I just adored this place!
It all came quite unexpectedly as I did not expect to be able to stop and park!
I mean..I could easily have walked there but..there's the problem of carrying what one buys!!

I'm going back there, no doubt about it!

If you are local and want to know where this it, it's on the Exeter road (otherwise known to us locals as the 'Bumpy Bridges road') between the Bovey Tracey road and Kingsteignton.
Just before the Teigngrace turning, if that helps!

That was my morning!
And I am so glad that I am able to share it with you.
I found my camera in the back of my car,when I thought I didn't have it with me!
And thank you to Sue for your time... and for making my day!
Have a great weekend everyone!
It's Exeter for me tomorrow!


KC'sCourt! said...

WOW! - WOW! - WOW!
Julie xxxx

summerfete said...

Sorry but I'm gonna say WOW too!!

VintageVicki said...

Gorgeous :)

What a find :)

Country Cottage Chic said...

It looks fantastic Sal - what a lot of time she must spend keeping it so beautiful.


summerfete said...

What do you mean make more Raymonds??
He is the keeper of the crochet!!
He is a real little teddy!
Isnt he???
You have a great weekend too!!!!!!!


Vintage from the Village said...

What a great person to let people in to her fab garden ! thanks for sharing it with us.

anne bebbington said...

What an idyllic spot tucked away out of sight - and how lucky for you to be able to look round

Pixiedust said...

What a treat, I would have had a field day walking around there. What a lovely garden. xxx Pixie xxx

Menopausal musing said...

What a find! And isn't it just lovely of Sue to share it with others? Such a generous and trusting thing to do.....

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a joy that garden looks to be Sal - a lifetime's work I would guess.

galant said...

Oh, I'd love to see that garden, Sal. Is Sue in the Yellow Book? If not, then perhaps she should be! I've been to Totnes market this morning, but didn't buy anything there, but had coffee in Grey's and saw a lovely plate in the window ... and of course it came home with me!
Margaret P

Bobbie Lynn said...

Wow! Thanks for the tour. What a peaceful looking place.

Cowboys and Custard said...

Now that is a garden and a half.. but just think of all the weeding!
What a lovely discovery and right on your doorstep too!

Michele x

Cheap2Chic said...

When I win the lottery tomorrow I'm going to ask you where it is then I'll walk up to her door, give her a suitcase of cash and tell her to go... NOW!!! xx

frayedattheedge said...

Why do you live so far away?? (or why do I live so far away, whichever!!) If you were nearer I would be knocking on your door and demanding that you take me there NOW!!!

Serenata said...

Oh what a wonderful garden, thank you for the tour, I can imagine going through that wonderful garden myself.

funkymonkey said...

I love finding the unexpected, whether it be gardens, houses or shops! what a wonderful garden. Enjoy Exeter.


Andi's English Attic said...

Thank goodness you found your camera in the car. What an absolutely beautiful garden, and the house is amazing as well. The greenhouse looks good and the pergola...everything! Wow! xx

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Sue is obviously a wonderful woman! I love the simplicity of the invitation to "come in" restores your faith in humanity.
I am coming doon to the wonderful world of Devon to see Magpie and Granny Bird so will try to take them as they will love iT!

Sarah x

Cally's Cottage said...

Stunning- what a gem...
Warm Wishes,
Cally X

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Hi Sal
if you are ever nearby us let me know as I know that you would love to see my Mum's garden.