The icicles hanging from the rafters of the Tea House at Newstead show how cold it was there last March. The little stone bridge over the stream was too slippery to walk over so remained pristine with its snow cover.
The snow seemed to enhance the Japanese look of the Newstead Garden. Not having seen a Japanese garden in winter I can only compare these photographs with photos I have seen in books. I am glad we do not have snow in my town of Hastings in New Zealand.
The Japanese gardens at Newstead Abbey were quite magical in the snow. The little tea house with its lovely round window had been sensitively placed and maintained. I am not sure how often it may have been used or whether it was just for decoration.
In March I was taken to visit the Newstead Abbey Gardens. These pictures show the Abbey and the Chapel but not a lot of the snow that was quite thick at the time. More pictures of the lovely gardens to come.
The Heron Migrates is the story of how a Japanese anagama kiln came to New Zealand. From Estelle and Bruce Martin's diaries from their trips to Japan and the building and firing of the Kamaka anagama. Soft cover with 400 photographs and drawings. 160 pages.
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