December 14, 2018

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 27.4.16: The Art of Gardening

Last month, I went to the exhibition “Painting the Modern Garden” at the Royal Academy in London. It’s had rave reviews, with good reason, and it was a marvellous opportunity to see Monet’s triptych of water lilies displayed as such when normally the three pieces are on their own in separate galleries. And of course, great to see so many beautiful paintings of things I love the best, flowers and plants in gardens. What could be better?

Well, after looking at a few paintings, I began to want to be in a real garden, in the open air, with sweet smells, birdsong, looking at real plants, not in a stuffy room, heaving with people listening to their audio guides. I found myself returning to look at one of Monet’s paintings of a woman in a sunlit garden because it had exactly the right feel, and then I saw the famous painting of Gertrude Jekyll’s boots. Aha! Now, there’s someone who was both an artist and a gardener, just like Monet, but for her, art lay in making her garden – painting was gardening. As she says in her book “Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden”, plants are “paints set out upon a palette”, and in gardening, we “use the plants to make beautiful pictures”.

But now I’m back home in the garden with my camera (for the Photography Competition), I’m on Monet’s side again. At the exhibition, seeing painting after painting of water-lilies, I did rather wonder what he was trying to do and why was he so obsessed, but now I understand. Flowers led Monet to painting; they’ve led me to photography – the more I focus on a flower, the more I’m entranced and the more I keep trying to capture its beauty perfectly.


Green Fingertips Meeting 5th May (click for details)

Colour Photography Competition 2016

A Colour Photography Competition is being run this summer as part of the Annual Village Show. The theme of the competition is ‘2016- Year of the English Garden’ to include any images of  plants, flowers, borders, shrubs, trees, insects, pond life, animals or birds etc., celebrating a year in ‘The life of an English garden”

There  is a maximum of two entries in either a Junior class (11years and under of age), or Senior  Class, (12 years or over). There is an entry fee for each image (Junior  £2, Senior £3). Garden centre vouchers will be awarded as prizes for first, second or third places in each category.

Colour,  un-mounted A4  borderless prints, or high resolution JPEG images on a USB stick, can be submitted before, but no later than, midnight Monday August 1st 2016 to: Philip Orton, Granary Cottage, Claxton (468525), or  Caroline Hall, Fasgadale House, Hall Drive Sand Hutton (468376).

 OR – sent as an email  high resolution JPEG attachment to Philip Orton, together with   your name, address and telephone number,  the  Class entered, and preferably a title for the image. The entry fee will be collected by arrangement.  Submitted  electronic  images will be prepared as borderless A4 prints by the organisers.  All prints will be spray mounted on strong card, suitable for eventual framing if desired. Entries will be displayed  on the day of the Sand Hutton and District Village Show, Saturday 3rd September 2016, and returned after the presentation of the Show awards and prizes.

Don’t Miss The Bus!

The bus times, they are a changing. Not by a huge amount but just enough so that you might miss the bus next week. The 181 bus service operated by Stephensons runs from York to Malton via Claxton and Sand Hutton. This local service is not used enough but for those who use it, it is a real lifeline. The bus drivers are a friendly bunch and look after their passengers – even stopping for me when I am late rushing to the bus!

A leaflet with the new timetable can be found here

and the changes start from 10th April.

This bus service was recently under threat from North Yorkshire County Council budget cuts but is just hanging on after support in a public consultation and because this route also services Castle Howard. So give the bus a try and then we are more likely to retain this important rural service for our villages.

Village Hall Committee AGM 18th April

The Annual General Meeting of the Sand Hutton and Claxton Village Hall  Committee is being held at  7.30pm on Monday 18th April 2016 , in Sand Hutton Village Hall.

The Committee work to maintain  a serviceable  Hall, providing  a  comfortable facility for a wide and varied range of events and meetings.  Continued  community involvement  is  needed to achieve this.

If you are able to give up only a small amount of your time to helping the Committee, this would be greatly appreciated .

Please come along to this  AGM to gain an insight into the running of the Hall, and to see how you may be able to contribute to the planning of  future events.

Any queries about the Hall or the work of the Committee, please contact the Secretary , Philip Orton 468525


I am collecting used stamps, does anyone know of a charity that wants them?
Thanks Rosy Miers ( 468481)