to gain knowledge and inspiration for our garden to be in Scotland, we took the day off to go on a bit of a jolly.......
we stopped here first to let the girls have a run - it is a place called Fairlight and it has the most amazing views of the sea.
we attempted to have a picnic and failed - Bean kept standing on the food, Talulla kept heading for the cliff edge..........
but the highlight, and the reason for the trip out was to go here
it is the home of Derek Jarman who is sadly no longer with us.
i purchased his book after kind folk on here recommended it for coastal gardening, and was totally blown away by what he managed to achieve here at Dungeness whilst fighting an illness that would eventually end his life.
Dungeness is a strange place - it has an energy all of it's own which you feel as soon as you arrive
the houses are spread over such a large barren landscape but each has made its own individual mark on the skyline.
we stopped and chatted to a guy who opens his studio for anyone who is passing - he spent a long time trying to cuddle Talulla and Bean who showed their very aloof whippet side.......
just look at our glorious shape, shiny coats and velvet ears
but please do not expect us to make a huge fuss of you!
i asked him if the public were allowed to visit Derek Jarman's garden as there were no signs as we drove in.
He sadly told us that since the book was published (apparently something that Derek was not sure about) the place gets so many visitors who feel that it is there god-given right to just walk around the garden and peer through the windows, that the chap (very good friend of Derek) who keeps the garden and house looking so wonderful cannot actually live there!
I took all our photos from the roadside and still felt a little uncomfortable.
other visitors did not seem to care and trampled all over the front and back of the property, pressing themselves up against the windows.....
i came away not feeling inspired, but instead saddened and angry.
clearly there is no answer to the problem, other homes have HUGE signs saying PRIVATE so have no doubt suffered with people just being plain rude and ignorant.
i guess i will stick to reading and enjoying his book
some things are as beautiful as they are in print - but can so easily be ruined by us.
but this sight brightened my mood as we headed back to the car.......
how great would this look in Scotland as an extra bedroom?
had to stop and take a photo if only to please me and dotti angel
Stephen said people would rather stay in his redundant boat
lets wait and see.........