Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives Reblog: A new Jolly: Sissinghurst Castle Garden – Vita Sackville-West, Virgina Woolf, and Violet Trefusis come to mind by Jane Risdon

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A new Jolly: Sissinghurst Castle Garden – Vita Sackville-West, Virgina Woolf, and Violet Trefusis come to mind by Jane Risdon

Lucky me! I got to enjoy another special treat with a trip to some gorgeous places recently.

Sissinghurst (c) Jane Risdon 2015

I am spoiled I know, but what’s the point of being a big sister if you can’t be indulged by the younger siblings now and again. I have the BEST siblings going.

Sissinghurst (c) Jane Risdon 2015

A few days away with one of them recently was a wonderful way to re-charge my batteries.

Deep in the countryside with views over a lush valley at one side of the cottage and in the distance, views to the sea on a clear day from the front.

The fields directly behind the cottage host a large herd of very inquisitive cows, who love to pop their heads over the fence when they spy anyone in the garden, and ‘moo’ their greetings whilst their heads turn this way and that, watching what’s going on with the humans.

Family garden (c) Jane Risdon 2015

The garden was full of colour still, shimmering in the heat of the day – we had two glorious days – with the scent of Honeysuckle and Roses drifting on the air early mornings, and late evenings, mingled with the aroma of mown hay, and the sweet smell of the cattle.

The village itself is steeped in history and the buildings are of varying age, but there’s nothing ‘new,’ which I like.

The added bonus is that there are two ancient pubs there; one almost directly opposite, but noise isn’t a problem thankfully.

I spent a while there last year and posted lots of photos of our trips out to Wakehurst Place, Batemans (Rudyard Kipling’s home), Ightham Mote, and Begesbury National Pinetum – just to name a few of the places we visited.

If interested in photos and the history of where we went, go to blog on the menu above, and scroll back a while. There’s lots to see and read about.

My brother-in-law cooked the most amazing meals for me, and my sister and I went out each day visiting local places of interest and beauty.

We got to sample her home-made blackberry liqueur, eat home-grown tomatoes and vegetables, and one evening we lay on sunbeds under the stars at 12 midnight, watching shooting stars and satellites go over, trying to work out which stars we could see twinkling overhead. All enjoyed with a little ‘something,’ to keep us warm.

Another evening we were joined by an old friend of theirs, whom I had met once before, and we sat in the garden eating a fabulous three course meal – courtesy of my brother-in-law – drinking Prosseco, and enjoying a good old natter, trying not to flinch as several bats circled us, and a mouse crept into my sister’s vegetable cage’s on a mission to nibble as much as it could whilst she was otherwise engaged.

Last year she was robbed blind by field mice and rabbits who regarded the garden to be their very own larder, much to my sister’s disgust; hence the vegetable cages. But you know that where there’s a will, there’s a way… still, she had more than enough left to make various jams, gins, vodkas, and liqueurs – the sloes, and blackberries, came from the lanes near-by.

Don’t you just love eating what you grow – or someone else grows – organically too.

We both enjoyed a wonderful day out at Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, created and made famous by the poet, author, and gardener, Vita Sackville-West, and her husband Harold Nicolson, diplomat and author.

Sissinghurst ©Jane Risdon 2015

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About Jane Risdon

Jane Risdon began writing five years ago having had a successful career in the International Music Industry which has taken her all over the world working with everything from Rock, Thrash Metal, and R&B/Pop to Chinese Opera. Her work has taken her to North America, Europe, and Singapore: even to Taiwan.

She’s been involved in Television, Radio, and the Movies around the world.

Travelling extensively and living overseas she draws upon her life experiences when writing Crime/Mystery novels, short stories in all genres – including humour, and she has dabbled in flash fiction.

Some of these experiences have found their way into her short stories about the Music Business, and she is presently working on a novel which will bring a lot of her more crazy ‘rock ‘n roll’ experiences into one tome.

Her main focus remains crime however, and she is working on a series of novels called ‘Ms Birdsong Investigates’ centered around a glamorous ex MI5 Officer forced into early retirement, who is trying to keep a low profile in a rural village in Oxfordshire. Her past experiences come to the fore when she finds herself investigating murder. Soon she finds herself back on old territory with Russian Mafia, Ukrainian People Traffickers and an old flame to deal with.

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Her new book is due out later in November co- written with author Christina Jones.

About Only One Woman

Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?

About Christina Jones

Christina Jones has written all of her life (as well as having millions of Proper Jobs including factory worker, secretary, nightclub dancer, blood donor attendant, and fruit picker) Christina first had a short story published when she was just 14 years old. She has written for teenage and women’s magazines, fiction and non-fiction, for a number of years, had her own humour column in The Oxford Times, and has contributed to national newspapers

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20 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives Reblog: A new Jolly: Sissinghurst Castle Garden – Vita Sackville-West, Virgina Woolf, and Violet Trefusis come to mind by Jane Risdon

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  2. Reblogged this on Jane Risdon and commented:
    Sally Cronin has kindly shared one of my ‘jollies,’ to Sissinghurst which I do hope you will pop in to look at. I blog about lots of the exciting and gorgeous places I visit when not writing about murder! Sally has a fab blog – do visit her too. x

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