In some ways this is the garden's ideal season, as there is nowt to do other than rake a few leaves! There are no plants to tinker with, no grass to mow, and no anything. Just some old favourite objects to look at, and play with.
Many years ago, a friend decided he wanted to become a Blacksmith, and rather than go to Blacksmith University he just got on with it and made things. This candlestick, above, was a prototype for many he made later; it didn't go quite right (as you can probably see) which is why he gave it to me.
This strange piece of stone was found lying on the surface of a nearby cow field. I have no idea what it is, or how it came to have a hole in its middle. The stone contains thousands of tiny shells; not at all like our local stone!
This may give the impression that Cro is a design conscious floozy, as these old French zinc watering cans are more often found in such places as S Ken' Mews gardens. In fact they are both still in regular use, and are NOT trendy fashion statements!
This gorgeous thing is a very old pinnacle. Probably from the top of a Pigeon Tower, it measures over 2 ft tall and is extremely decorative. I think the potter who made it must have enjoyed himself; either that, or he was on 'acid'.
And so to this. I have no idea what they are, but they are just about the only bit of colour in the garden at the moment; those pink and yellow berries look decidedly poisonous.