Around the garden are a few carvings that I have made over the past years, acting as focal points in the borders or elsewhere.
My mother’s maiden name was Moon. I carved this after she died as she was a Moon baby, she was always wagging that finger at me, telling me to behave! This carving is half way up the side border by the field.
Half way along the bog garden is this carving of the Creation. Genesis chapter 1 verses 6 to 10 describes how the earth was formed, and the water put on the earth, with a void for heaven.
This flame shape turned itself into the Holy Trinity with 3 flame shapes in one.
When we made our new pond, we fenced it off so our grandchildren would be safe and I then carved a gate which was kept locked while they were little, they are now taller than me! The carving shows a cross section of the pond with newts, frog and a heron.
This started out as a project to teach my carving students letter carving. By making the books gardening books with famous gardens or gardeners as the titles, I have every letter of the alphabet here. The title of the book at the bottom had to be made up – The Quest for Kolkwitzia – to use the letters Q, U, W and Z! This carving is in the centre of the rose garden in the front.
The house name which I carved as soon as we moved here 25 yrs ago.
A small plaque carved to cover a vent from the utility room because birds were trying to nest in it. If they had come further in, they would have ended up in the washing machine!
I have also photographed a few of the carvings in the house, so please continue if you would like to see more.
I taught woodcarving at Night School for adults for 17 yrs to earn the money to make the garden. Some of the following carvings have been copied by my students.
I carved the buffalo after seeing them on holiday in Canada.
I now feel I must carve our little dormouse in its hibernation nest – maybe next winter when I’m not gardening!