Monday, 27 June 2011

Down on the Allotment - June

We have neglected the allotment for a fortnight, which is not a wise thing to do at this time of year as the weeds have been thriving with all the recent rain. Luckily, however, other crops have also been doing very well, here are a few photos of plot 51 in June.

Clockwise from top left Portugal Quince, Round Yellow Courgettes, Crab Apples and Runner Beans



The first Sunflower

A small harvest

At last we're beginning to take home more than muddy boots and aching limbs! The first potatoes were dug, a couple of globe artichokes picked along with some bobby beans, a handfull of gooseberries, jostaberries and blackcurrants and a lovely big bunch of sweetpeas.

We had jostaberry, blackcurrant, apple and gooseberry crumble for tea using the ever faithful crumble recipe from The River Cottage Family Cookbook Delicious!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

A pod for your garden

Garden Pods come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Whether you want an extra room to work from or just somewhere to curl up with a good book, there's a pod out there with your name on it. Here are a few of my favourites.

I could spend days happily suspended in the Nestrest. It's designed by Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety and is available from

If you need a garden room but want something a bit different then an Archipod could be just the ticket. It comes in sections so it can be carried through the house. I saw this at Grand Designs Live 2010 and loved it then. It's surprisingly spacious inside (a bit like a rustic tardis!)

This outdoor daybed is called Igloo and can be fund at Skyline Design but has a stalk and therefore resembles a huge apple. It just makes me want to climb in and curl curl up like a hamster.

If you really want to get away from it all then how about one of these spheres by Free Spirit Spheres? You need some tall trees and a head for heights, but once you're tucked up inside you could write a novel without any distractions apart from birdsong and the odd visit from a squirrel!

This garden room from Roost gives you the the option of a grass roof. It's small and perfectly formed and I could set my easel up in here quite happily.

Unfortunately all I have room for is the old fashioned kind of pod like these from Seedparade

There's no harm in dreaming though!

This blog post is part of the ‘Pass It On Garden & Outdoor series’, a collaborative blogging project. I am passing this on to Pargy and Confessions of a Design Geek

Friday, 17 June 2011

Design Heroes - Robert Stewart

The Scottish designer Robert Stewart was one of the most influential Post War British designers. He was passionate about surface design and his worked appeared on many and diverse surfaces, including printed textiles, ceramics and tapestries. I bought Liz Arthur's excellent book Robert Stewart Design 1946-95 a couple of years ago and read it from cover to cover (instead of purely looking at the pictures!). I found Stewart's boundless energy and creativity a great inspiration. He was an unstoppable powerhouse within the design world of his time, which was buzzing with enthusiasm for change and innovation.

Robert Srewart Design 1946-95 by Liz Arthur

Robert Stewart attended Glasgow School of Art during the 1940s and went on to become the head of printed textile department in 1949. He taught at the Glasgow School of Art for thirty five years and over that time  he inspired many young designers to be, with his talent and passion.

Although Stewart was prolific in many fields of design, he is perhaps best known for his textiles which were produced by Liberty, Pringle and Donald Brothers throughout the 1950's.

Ardentinny - Textile Design

Macrahanish - Textile Design

Kilmun - Textile Design
Raimoult - Textile Design

Bird Design - 1948 - Gouache on Paper

More information about Robert Stewart can be found at:- 
Glasgow School of Art