Friday Fun: Let’s Pretend It’s Summer

The snow isn’t here yet, it’s just miserable and grey. So let’s escape into summer with these inspiring pictures of gardens, terraces and patios.

housebeauty.net
housebeauty.net
piximus.net
piximus.net
Roof garden in Maine, Robert Passaldo in Domaine.com
Roof garden in Maine, Robert Passaldo in Architectural Digest.
Laura Silverman's home, from Anafternoonwith.com
Laura Silverman’s home, from Anafternoonwith.com
Garden Room Studio, Model London.
Garden Room Studio, Model London.
Asian pool, from Houzz.com
Asian pool, from Houzz.com

Or maybe we should contemplate moving to the Southern Hemisphere. I once knew a university professor who was teaching in Brazil September to February, London March to June and spending the summers in Italy…

Sunday Escapism: Where Would You Go to Write?

New Forest Tree House Study Centre, www.cet.org.uk
New Forest Tree House Study Centre, http://www.cet.org.uk

What inspires you most?  A tree house?

Or maybe a house on the water?

cabanesdesgrandslacs.com
cabanesdesgrandslacs.com

A castle with a garden for all the five senses?

Chateau, Yvoire.
Chateau, Yvoire.

A book-lined garden shed? (Don’t think about damp and other practicalities for a moment!)

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In my grandiose moments, I dream of escaping to the old Royal Salt Mine designed by that mad visionary Nicolas Ledoux.  It may be architecture on a huge scale, but it’s soothingly remote.

Saline Royale, Arc-et-Senans
Saline Royale, Arc-et-Senans

In the end, though, it will have to be sofa. Or maybe my garden deck.  Still, it could be worse, right?

Terrace