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Head above water, just!

Posted by Tony Smith on 17 Apr 2009 at 10:37 AM

There are some things in life that only those who have actually experienced them can truly comprehend. Amongst these I would imagine looking at the Earth from space, being the Queen, and becoming a mother, ouch! One that I don’t have to imagine is designing a garden for Chelsea. If you add to this that I am repeating the process at Hampton Court and Tatton Park there are only very few people who could possibly empathise. Help!!! I could shout, but I know there is no one out there.


I am aware it’s rude to moan on about the workload and stress given the way the world is at present, but that’s not the reason I am finding it hard to confide in you. Apparently it would do me good to unload my trials and tribulations. After all that’s what the RHS were expecting when they offered me the chance to blog on their site. However, I am very much like a swan swimming upstream. Serene on the surface and paddling like crazy underneath. Well, that’s my self image anyway and I am sticking with it.


So, just by way of a small concession to convention I will tell you this; stripping Cordyline trunks for 8 hours makes your hands the opposite of soft and quilty. It makes them rough, achy and a bit sore. This I take comfort in thinking, is a case of life imitating art. For now I am practising the fine art of surfacing (music reference, for those with a particular taste and of a certain age).


I should have said earlier that the Quilted Velvet Garden plays on the contrast between the harsh and relentless world of work and domestic chores and the little bit of luxury you can feel good about that is Quilted Velvet! Art imitating life?


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