2003, The house in the woods

The house in the woods

Excavation work in the woodland area, directly behind the back sheds, was suddenly halted. The archaeologists took a while to evaluate the findings.



We had uncovered the foundations of another outbuilding. After recording the find we decided to cover it up again to protect it from getting damaged while we were using heavy machinery in the woodland. This was definitely not the right time..


The front garden was beginning to look very tidy – at last.



2003, A pot of gold

A pot of gold

A microclimate is the distinctive climate of a small-scale area, such as a garden, park, valley or part of a city. The weather variables in a microclimate, such as temperature, rainfall, wind or humidity, may be subtly different from the conditions prevailing over the area as a whole and from those that might be reasonably expected under certain types of pressure or cloud cover. Indeed, it is the amalgam of many, slightly different local microclimates that actually makes up the microclimate for a town, city or wood. It is these subtle differences and exceptions to the rule that make microclimates so fascinating to study.

Croome portrays all of the symptoms of this climatic peculiarity.  Location, location, location…






2003, Rise and shine

Rise and shine

Over the centuries the Head Gardeners first view of the day, from the bedroom window of the cottage, would have been like this. Well perhaps not exactly like this. The sight of a JCB and a 4 tonne dumper truck instead of 20 men with shovels, for example, might be stretching the imagination a little.