The terrace of the nine Aubretia ‘Beards’

IMAGENAMEHERENestling in wall crevices and billowing out of rockery cracks, I have always thought of Aubrietia plants as beards. On close examination, these purple flowering lumps are often held on by the merest of stems and yet somehow withstand winds and the heaviest of settling snow.

Having created a series of swooping wood curves as an oak slat wall to retain earth, I felt that a “beard” in each swoop would look great so planted all nine locations. Somehow I think Aubrietia has a mind of its own for it has favoured 5 of my plantings and rejected the others. I keep trying the other swoop but seeds don’t like them.

As a solution, I have been secretly growing four aubrietia plants to maturity and will thus be able to finish off the ‘terrace of the nine beards’ instantly.

I shape the plants once a year in January to keep them trim – now all I have to work out how I can keep my own chin growth down with only a once yearly shave!

Waves from the top terrace ~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Bathroom Tiles from Thailand at the HoBB

IMAGENAMEHEREAfter a lot of tile showroom crawling, and only a little pub crawling to refresh the ongoing search, we found these vibrant tiles from Thailand.

Great fun, bright and they tie in the surrounding colours of the main HoBBian bathroom so well. There’s still a bit of carving to do above the bath as the first trial went wrong – the plaster fell off the wooden background when I tried to carve it.

Is the HoBB becoming an Interior Designers’ playground? It can look like it at times as we use the place to run-up our ideas and test methods.

Everything is drawn on paper initially so that we can make any alterations in the ‘look’ before we start. This saves time, money, effort and surprises. We like developing designs that work in a practical, visual and sometimes fanciful manner. If you are interested in our design thoughts and have some of your own that you’d like to explore, let me know as I am always interested in chatting about new lifestyle concepts and pushing forward the boundaries of material use.

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant