Our garden tour season started, as it usually does, with our Cornwall & Bath tour. I enjoyed a few days together with our lovely group of garden enthusiasts and Tim at the wonderful Alverton Hotel in Truro. Both my daughters have accompanied Tim on the Cornish tour when they were younger and have stayed at the Alverton. Now it was my turn to enjoy the lovely hotel and the gorgeous food… The Cornish landscape was as beautiful as ever, even though our cold and long winter meant that the gardens were not as full of blooms as usual. We had a beautiful walk through Trebah Gardens, down to the beach, had an ice cream and remembered our first visit with the girls all those years ago. It is one of my all-time favourite gardens, perhaps because it is so different from my native Sweden, complete with palm trees and sub-tropical plants. A nice treat for me to kick-start the tour season together with Tim!
We have decided to stop using disposable plastic bottles for our customers and as a trial this year treat them to fantastic Chilly’s Bottles instead. These bottles will keep ice cold water cool for 24 hours or keeps a drink warm for 12 hours. The matte finish is lovely and the colours are rich and gorgeous and I hope our customers will be pleased to have these instead of the usual plastic water bottles and us all doing our bit for the planet in the process.
A highlight of April was a family wedding in Yorkshire at the end of our Easter Holiday. Our lovely Beth got married to her Joe in Ripley and we all had such a wonderful weekend. Beth is the daughter of Tim’s cousin Paul and is very special to us. She started visiting us and our growing family before she was a teenager and we have followed her through university, first relationships and adventures abroad. We made the most of the weekend and rented a cottage together with our cousins from Edinburgh, went for long walks and came back to open fires and great food. Lovely!
Edward, Lily, Tim, Sofia, Charles and Alice at Ripley in April.