Foxglove Row

Mompesson House, ‘The House in The Close’, is a perfect example of Queen Anne architecture and was built for Charles Mompesson in 1701. It is noted for its elegant and spacious interior, especially the magnificent plasterwork and fine oak staircase.

See the important Turnbull collection of 18th century drinking glasses, fine period furniture and charming walled garden with its garden tearoom. Mompesson House featured as Mrs Jennings’ London home in the award-winning film ‘Sense and Sensibility’.

This season we also have a contemporary sculpture exhibition in the house and garden ‘Material Connections across the Ages’. It looks at connections between contemporary sculpture and historic objects. There are pieces made from glass, paper, stone, textile and wood, among others.

A glimpse of two of the artworks can be seen in the first two photographs.  The final photograph is an artwork by Jane Hall and is entitled ‘Lady of the Woods’.

Flower Border

Artist's Corner

Lady of the Woods by Jane Hall

No Comments CherryPie on Jul 25th 2014

The Vision & Verb collaborative project (by women of a certain age) has now reached its conclusion.  Marcie was our inspiration and guiding light, so I feel it appropriate to share her closing Vision & Verb.


With palms pressed at heart’s center – we sound our voices.  We begin with a deep resounding ‘ohhhhm’.

Some of us are tentative at first. Our voices are new to us. We’re unsure. We’re shy. We’re scared. We haven’t – yet – given ourselves permission to speak out loud…to sing.

Together – we grow strong.

We connect to our hearts and our heartsongs. We connect to the earth and its energies. We connect to one another…honoring our intentions and commitment to show up together in this one space…in this one time…in this one day.

We are all the same.

We have arrived here from all corners of the globe. We were strangers. We have become friends. We’ve shared the stories of our lives…and our life’s stories. We’ve dreamed. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve challenged and inspired and encouraged one another to be the best selves we possibly can.

We’ve learned kindness and patience and gratitude and joy. We’ve held one another in times of sadness. We’ve celebrated our victories. We’ve honored our defeats. And -  we’ve been there for one another as a reminder that tomorrow always comes. A new day will dawn and with it – another opportunity to begin. Again.

For me – our time here at Vision and Verb has been one long beautiful communal vinyasa practice. Our bodies and our breaths. Our images and our words. Quiet…soulful…deeply meaningful and powerful personal connection.

We’ve shown up. We burned brightly. And now – the time has come to let go. With appreciation…compassion… grace.

We honor the endings by knowing that every ending is really a beginning. We’ve shown up for ourselves and one another and done the best work that we can.

‘We’re all just walking each other home.’

Just as we began – almost 5 years ago – we close by bringing our palms together once and again at our heart’s center.  We sound our voices in a longer and deeper and more resonant ‘ohhhhhmmmm’. We’re confident. We’re strong. What we needed – we learned – we’ve always had within.

We’ve felt the energy. We’re now feeling the release.

We bring our hands from our hearts to our third eye center. A reminder to ourselves to follow our heart’s lead. We bow our heads.

And together – we say:


The light in me honors the light, love, beauty and truth and peace within you. In sharing our authentic selves and brave stories – we are united. We are one. We are the same.

In deepest gratitude.

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Thank-you to all of our dear and loyal readers who have shown up and shared in our stories. Your presence and spirit and quiet encouragement has meant so much to us here. You can find links to our individual blogs by checking out who is gathered around Our Table.

When one door closes another opens.

We look forward to your joining with us in wherever our new creative adventures lead.


Some of the ladies are preserving and sharing their posts from the project, they can be viewed at the following links:

10 Comments CherryPie on Jul 24th 2014

Wolf's Cove

Work is currently underway to restore the imaginary fishing village of Wolf’s Cove which previously stood around the large pool at Snowshill Manor.

National Trust SW reports in May 2013:

Snowshill has a lost village called Wolf’s Cove which will be excavated this year. It will then be completely reconstructed based on documents and archaeological evidence.

Quirky and true to Snowshill’s spirit of place. Wolf’s Cove was a model village with canals, harbour and railway created and developed into the 1930s and then removed in the 1970s.

The World of Wolf’s Cove:

Whilst living in Hampstead, Charles Wade built one of the first model villages designed for use outdoors, based on a Cotswold village, which he called ‘Fladbury’. Later, when laying out the gardens at Snowshill, he incorporated the village but changed it’s name to ‘Wolf’s Cove’ and added a port. The name was taken from a hulk he had seen  and sketched in Ipswich harbour.

An article in Our homes and Gardens in 1920 describes it in detail; ‘The river meanders through a pleasant meadow…. Here a punt is moored to the landing stage…. A watchman stands all day to prevent fishing in these preserves.’ In English Journey (1934) J. B. Priestley recorded his pleasure at seeing the village; ‘The miniature seaport…. has a proper harbour in one of the ponds of the garden. It has its quay, its fleet of ships, its lighthouse, its railway system with station, sidings and all, its inn, main street and side streets, thatched cottages and actual living woods.’

John Betjeman endowed the village with real characters to such good effect that his article about it in The Architectural Review (1931) persuaded at least one reader that the village really did exist!*

The building you can see in the last photograph is the roof-space of the Sancta Maria Byre. Wade converted this into a small room which he called ‘The Jolly Roger’.  Jolly Roger was intended to be part of the seaport of Wolf’s Cove, with the pond in front containing the ocean. In summer Wade used this cabin as a bedroom and would plunge into the pool every morning for a bracing wash.

Wolf's Cove

The Jolly Roger

*From the Snowshill Manor guidebook 2010 edition.

8 Comments CherryPie on Jul 23rd 2014

George & the Dragon

There is a recurring dragon theme in the gardens at Snowshill Manor.  The photo above is of a statue of St. George and the Dragon. It was commissioned by Charles Wade from a Tyrolean craftsman, A. Dapre. It is a copy in teak of a statue that is housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum.  The replica is faithful in every detail except size – the original is approximately one foot ten inches high.*

Dragon on the Roof

Standard Bearer

*Info from the Snowshill Manor and Garden guide book 2010 edition.

8 Comments CherryPie on Jul 22nd 2014

The Music Room

The music room contains instruments from the 18th and 19th century, showing some fine examples of English craftsmanship. A Latin inscription above the door translates as ‘Man is carried to heaven on the wings of music’.  Within the room there is an angel with no wings hanging from the ceiling.

The instruments are displayed in groups around the room, more or less in the order that would be found in a small orchestra. Thus on the left are the strings, in the centre the woodwind and the brass, and on the right percussion.*

The woodwind section of the orchestra is well represented by the oboes and clarinets on the shelf, and the flutes on the wall are made from wood or ivory. Beside them hang two curious German flutes shaped like walking sticks. The three serpents, despite being made of wood and having finger holes rather than keys, are in fact classed as brass instruments.*

*From the Snowshill Manor and Garden guide book 2010 edition.

10 Comments CherryPie on Jul 21st 2014

Hours fly,
Flowers die,
New days,
New ways,
Pass by.
Love stays.

Henry Van Dyke (from the poem Katrina’s Sun-Dial)

The Nychthemeron Clock

Hours fly, Flowers die, New days, New ways, Pass by. Love stays.

21 Comments CherryPie on Jul 20th 2014

Nothing Wasted

The first hint of Charles Wade is seen even before entering the house: the post-box to the left of the door carries his coat of arms together with his motto NEQUID PEREAT, which means ‘Let nothing perish’. The phrase not only reflects the purpose of the collection but also the way in which Wad went about his work, whether restoring a broken object of using scraps of paper for drawing, including both sides of each sheet. this is a marked contrast with modern attitudes, where consumer goods may be recycled but rarely repaired, and basic materials are used once and thrown away.*

*From the Snowshill Manor and Garden guide book 2010 edition.

14 Comments CherryPie on Jul 19th 2014

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