Interior with Table by Vanessa Bell
January 16, 2012 How time flies.... When I began blogging in 2009, the Sussex homes of the Bloomsbury Group were high on the list of places I yearned to visit. Monk's House and Charleston Farmhouse did not disappoint when at last I toured the buildings and the gardens.
You can link to features from my first visit in 2010 on Alice's Garden Travel Buzz.
In 2011 I returned once again to Sussex! There's so much to see, and such an atmosphere to soak up that I wish it were possible to visit yearly. The original blog appears below...
Spring by Vanessa Bell
Roses and Tile by Vanessa Bell
Virginia and Vanessa Stephens
Whether designing our gardens, or creating art in other media,
inspiration can arrive unexpectedly.
I've been savoring the new novel by Susan Sellers, Vanessa & Virginia, a fictional rendering of the relationship between the brilliant writer, Virginia Woolf, and her sister, Vanessa Bell.
One day I'm hoping to visit Lewes in East Sussex, where the Stephens sisters lived with their husbands: Virginia and Leonard Woolf at Monk's House (now a National Trust property), and Vanessa and Clive Bell at their country place, Charleston House.
I must be satisfied for now with the lush imagery of Seller's prose, which has me enthralled.
My mind's eye... awash with floral bouquets in color harmonies I imagine Vanessa might have painted.
Link to Charleston - An Artists Home and Garden