June 14th, 2009

Fishy Circumstances

A Visit to Petworth

We went garden-visiting on Saturday, a day of tours of private gardens, entered into by the organizer's personal connections. (It was another Smith Club event.) Petworth itself is a lovely little town, a twist of streets with art galleries, antique stores, and craft shops, wrapped around by the walls and monumentality of Petworth House, and centered on the old Market Square, now a minor mess of parking and traffic. It's on a broad hilltop with views of the North and the South Downs.

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I'd come with C. and J. - we drove - and so were free to explore the town for a little while before returning to London. We opted not to buy a UKP 95,000 enormous 1930s desk from the antique store, and instead came home empty-handed but full of inspiring memories, enough that we finally finished repotting the rest of the plants this afternoon, and dreamed of more lavish and better-managed gardens than our own little first one which we have now had - as of Friday - for an entire year.