Welcome to the world of the Vincent D'Onofrio obsessed - and a bit of real life thrown in.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Vita Sackville-West, the writer and gardening guru, was raised in the house. She had an affair with Virginia Woolf, who based her book "Orlando" on the family, and the character of Orlando on Vita herself. (The film of the book starred Vincent's Thumbsucker co-star Tilda Swinton in a real tour-de-force. She starts as a boy in Elizabethan England, falls asleep and awakens as a woman, living 400 years. Tilda was believable in both parts of the role).
The house is set in a deer park. Even though it was a VERY wet day on Friday when I went for a visit to the house and park, (a fact belied by these photos I took in a sunny moment) the deer were about in plenty.
On the way down on the motorway there was such a downpour that it was almost impossible to see ahead of you. It was worse than thick fog, and really scary.
As car parking in the deer park is on grass, my car managed to get stuck in the mud. My friend (who always dresses in floaty skirts) had to push the car backwards, and as the tyres gripped, the car shot back, and Susanna almost went splat into the mud. Unfortunately I was too busy driving the car to get any pictures of this event!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Maybe we should email ITV4 and impress on them the importance of their showing this episode.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I'm so sick of BotoPhucket I'm looking for other image hosting sites. I found a site that rates them, and the Bucket does NOT do well. A lot of people have rated it with 1 out of 10 just because of the deletion problem, and say you should not trust precious pictures to them.
I've also got a black vest/sleeveless t-shirt coming by accident because the bids didn't go high.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
We'll have to wait and see.
Monday, June 25, 2007
The house is uninteresting, and is leased out to private residents. Apparently at some stage the roof on the original two-storey building had the roof cantilevered up to allow for the building of another floor.
This is the highest garden in Kent, South East England, and the views over the surrounding countryside are breathtaking. My own photos are much better than these googled ones, but they are not on my digital cameras, so I could not upload them in a hurry.
In spring the woods are covered in bluebells. The autumn colour of the trees is stunning. Unfortunately the uncertain timing of the seasons for the past several years means that the gardens have often closed to the public for the winter before the trees have turned, and the bluebells' appearance is unpredictable. Even though I go there several times most years, I've never seen the Davidia involucrata in bloom. (It's known as the Pocket Handkerchief, or Dove, Tree because of the large white flower bracts, and it's very rare in the UK).
In October 1987 there was a hurricane in the south of England, and whole swathes of woodland were flattened. Ide Hill, where Emmetts stands, was particularly badly affected. Below is a google picture of the aftermath. The large tree on the left of the picture below is a giant redwood, and it has the highest treetop in Kent. As you approach from the north via the M25 motorway, you can see it in the distance like a giant lollipop.When I was performing my garden warden duties, some American visitors asked me why it was called Emmetts - was it after the family that built the house? I told them that Emmett is an old word for ants, and the place was so-called after the many anthills on the site. They didn't believe me!
Next time I'll lie.
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