How does the HoBB Garden grow? Bit-by-bit.


The HoBB Gardens are in their infancy, sandwiched between the remains of the C12th Castle of Cnwclas, one mile to the East, and the original site of its vineyards to the West. The Vineyards are gone and the land is in private ownership but one of the owners carefully planted out a few acres as a wonderful new “Garden for the Blind”. The whole area is now thought to have been first tended by the Monks of Abbey Cwmhir.

There’s still evidence of some 18th Century plantings and the original farm layout has been retained, being supplemented with ‘edible’ walls of local oak and less edible stone. In our renovations and additions, wherever possible, we are designing around existing features, levels and planting. New terraces are being added to extend the gardens (left) towards the South.

HoBB Garden (See Key below)
HoBB Garden
(See Key below)



Number 1: Heyope Bod view towards the source of the Ffrwdwen Brook
No. 2. Oak Bod
2a. Original Sheep Bod (presently housing plans of the World of Water Aquaponic units)
3. Wood Store. Wood Bods. Greenhouse over water store.
4.  Potting Sheds and kudo
5.  UV filter and Tank Bod
6.  Spring  water supply tanks
7.  Willow Wood
8.  HoBB Barn
9.  HoBB Cottage
10. Greenery & Hide
11. Greenhouse for vegetables
12. Site for Duckboat Pond
13. Two-Oak Spring
14. Hedera Walk
15. Vegetable Garden Screenhouse
16. Water Meadow
17. Road run-off water tank
18. Vineyard and former ‘Garden for the Blind’ (Now privately owned)

Here, everything is done ‘bit by bit’, and from early Spring, friends and student volunteers enjoy the Gardens and lend a hand with the garden’s restoration and construction plans.

Friends throughout the year come for a quiet country break, to meditate, or to work through some important thoughts – ‘whatever’.   It is vital to have a peaceful environment for the  two main areas of HoBB activity: ‘Progression  &  Well-being’.

Garden Phase I – the harmony of Wood with Stone
Many elements are working in unison to create the HoBB.  The Chinese ‘five elements’  of EARTH  WOOD  WATER  FIRE  & METAL … are with us.

The AIR can be windy.
The SUN  sometimes hides
But with a lot of understanding and practical application,  The HoBB is growing well.

Certainly all FLORA, and FAUNA, have increased since we started to put our energies into the
gardens. We have created a range of new ‘habitats’ and have many more planned out, using a 300 section grid of the site.  (Fifteen of the sections are shown below in a small scale.)

Section by section we work out what needs to be done throughout the year, …. bit by bit.

Tasty projects are always best done in ‘bite-sized’ sections.




The A to P of Illustrated Lettering

Connect with the power of #Lettering  #Design handcrafted by Grant for your next project.            Gallery of examples
Illuminated lettering
Type design
Illustrated lettering
Titles for articles, posters, point-of-sale and book covers
Picture book typesetting
Lettering in logoforms
and …



To launch a unique project, the best way of avoiding copyright issues of existing fonts is to get your lettering designed and not have the full A to Z of costs.

“I remember getting a call from the architects of Cadbury World long before it had been designed. They needed a picture for their press release – an ‘artist’s impression’ of the themed visitor centre along with title lettering. That was my first journey into lettering design, and visitor centre design too”






Book covers benefit from a strong lettering design.

Make sure the lettering on your book cover works when displayed as a thumbnail image online as well as in shop point-of-sale displays.




Freehand illustrated lettering (above) works best on posters promoting hand crafted work, organically grown produce or private parties. Alongside these more friendly looking promotions, the typical look produced by computer graphic layout software  looks cold and uninviting.


Grant enjoys lettering.  Come and share his enjoyment and bring along your own lettering, especially if you have just baked a cake with iced lettering on it.

“The first Halloween cake I made had five sponge layers with strawberry and greengage jam. The victoria icing was coloured as black as I could and very thin white icing was piped all over it and onto its baseboard looking like a forgotten mass of cobwebs. The lettering read, ‘To Wayne and Peter’ – our special spooky guests.”





Illustrated lettering works for:



whenever you need to send
a very personal message