The Woodbod

The WoodbodWith its dragon-scale walls designs and carved plasterwork trees, it is a haven of rustic craftsmanship.

If you want a place to sit and watch the setting sun, there is no better place than the WoodBod, specially placed to view the valley rise, to paint, to meditate, and to be rested.

Its architecture nestles under the cover of holly, hazel and ash, and some new supporting concrete tree carvings have been designed for the west facing exterior along with a mosaic floor.

Most garden follies I have designed have been drawn out fully prior to construction but this one is growing with the HoBB Gardens. Each season sees an addition – each, hopefully, as euphoriant as the last.

If you want to do some Folly design yourself, here at HoBB Real or at home, let me know and we’ll see what we can arrange.

All best waves ~~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~ ~ Grant

WWW (‘Weeping Willow Walk’)

WWW (‘Weeping Willow Walk’)Only online at HoBB Virtual does ‘www’ stand for something unhuggable; at HoBB Real, our real WWW grows daily.

As a tribute to nature, I have designed a path leading to a tree I will always respect, the Ginkgo. This species has declined to evolve – surviving unaltered for 200,000,000 years – for me, an emblem of sound natural design.

Its modern name, Ginkgo, is the Japanese version of the Chinese yin-kuo, meaning ‘silver fruit’ – the roasted peanuts and cashews of the ancient Chinese.

The path to our Ginkgo will only be found by crossing a small bridge and entering under the canopy of a Weeping Willow Tree and following part of an ancient route towards the vineyards that once grew above the village in the medieval ages.

Both Ginkgo ( 25ft / 7.5m in 20 years) and (Weeping Willow 40ft/ 12m in 20 years) are growing well.

Anyone know what part of the Ginkgo they use in these various ‘preparations’ and how they do it then contact me. I’ve seen the duck-foot shaped leaves on many a cosmetic bottle – let me know what you know and we’ll have a go with our Ginkgo tree and see what we get.

Waves and respect ~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant