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Country Life Every Week - - My Favourite Painting Katie Hickman -

● Size Seven acres ● Al­ti­tude From sea level to 200ft ● Soil A thin skim of acid soil over shale

● Cli­mate High-ish rain­fall, so plants grow quickly ‘and we don’t get dam­ag­ing hard frosts be­cause we’re so close to the water. We lose the sun be­hind the hills in win­ter, which may not be good news for hu­mans, but at least means we don’t get dam­age from early-morn­ing sun on still-frozen stems and leaves,’ ad­vises Mrs Mccrum

The im­por­tance of care­ful place­ment

Brid­get re­calls: ‘Years ago, I made my first mar­ble piece. Soon after, I’d proudly placed it in the gar­den, but when I vis­ited friends on the other side of the es­tu­ary, they im­me­di­ately asked “Brid­get, what’s that white plas­tic bag do­ing in your gar­den?”. I learnt then that you only po­si­tion a mar­ble sculpture in an en­closed space’

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