Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-09-09

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39 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 BRIGHT: The veranda lit up at dusk STAIRWAY: A springtime glimpse of the garden with Diarmuid’s azaleas BEGINNINGS: Creating a wide covered balcony allows outdoor living all year round improvemen­t process that it never truly ends! And this was at odds with my lifestyle. I worked abroad and I’d arrive home late on a Friday night and wander bleary eyed first thing Saturday in bare feet, dogs yapping by my ankles. I’d look for what happened while I was away... what was growing, budding, flowering? What wasn’t? What needed doing? My plot eyed me back suspicious­ly, it was fine thank you, no need of my help, we’re all doing OK without you. And then, after a mug of strong coffee armed with spade, secateurs or shears, I’d fight my way in! And at 11pm I’d emerge... exhausted and delighted with even more ideas. And I’d do it all over again on Sunday. My ear pods were in, I’d listen to Desert Island Discs and Graham Norton as I hacked, dug, mulched, weeded and watered. And then came Covid-19. I, like everyone else, was isolated at home from mid-March with nothing to do but garden. Each evening I’d join some friends and broadcast over my Instagram account, answering thousands of questions about plants. And soon this Instagram series became a TV series. It was called Gardening Together and was filmed during lockdown at home with a tiny crew. The sun shone, I planted, took cuttings and developed areas of the garden. Last month it aired on BBC2. Lockdown has consisted of many strange turns and being able to work from home while communicat­ing about gardening has been one for me. If you missed it, it’s on iPlayer. And let’s continue to go Gardening Together! COOLING: Seats in dappled shade beneath the veranda PURPLE PATCH: An outdoor table against pink clapboard cladding PLAYFUL: Bowie peeps out from a haze of Geranium palmatum SWING LOW: Seats for lazy, sunny afternoons Tempest House Farnboroug­h, Hampshire Tempest House is a contempora­ry collection of just five high specificat­ion apartments located in the popular commuter town of Farnboroug­h in Hampshire. Each individual apartment has been designed with quality and care in mind, featuring underfloor heating throughout, Nest system controls and a safe video/ phone entry system. Bosch integrated appliances and wood flooring throughout all apartments and two properties also boast balconies. Residents also benefit from excellent transport links. London Waterloo is only 37 minutes away on the train, while Southampto­n is just under an hour away by rail. The M3 is easily accessible from the town, putting Tempest House drivers in easy reach of London, Southampto­n and Heathrow. Help to Buy subject to T&Cs HE AV LP AI TO LA BL BU EY SAT NAV GU14 6DJ Prices from £225,000 CALL NOW TO BOOK AN APPOINTMEN­T TO VIEW 01344 753 110 For an appointmen­t to view please contact Romans on PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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