Tuesday 5 August 2014

5 in 5 - August 2014 - THE SECRET GARDEN

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have

taken in 5 minutes. 

I wrote here about a recent visit to Paycockes House in Coggeshall.  Well, I can't miss out the part where we explored the town itself.  Coggeshall has a rich history based around the wool industry and lace making.  The buildings are a rich assortment that span centuries, sitting comfortably side by side.  There is a lovely museum and despite it's tiny size it held our interest for a good time.  We didn't anticipate so much to see and do in one small town and one of the best surprises was the Secret Garden. 

The sign suggested a short cut from the car park, through the garden of a tea room.  But what we discovered what a gem of a nursery, and straight away my camera came out.  This was a perfect opportunity for more 5 in 5 photos, and so I enjoyed wandering around leisurely before setting my timer for the challenge...

A glimpse of the surprise in store.....

I loved the different materials and objects used to display the plants. 

As well as potted plants there was a huge display of baskets and containers, all at really good prices.
And everything looked so healthy and colourful.

I also liked the way height had been added, using different ideas
to show the plants and make good use of space. 

Height was also added along this border, using shelving and stands. 
It looked really affective and we took home ideas to use in our own garden. 
In the corner of the nursery was a large open sided shed, packed higgledy piggledy with mirrors, plant tables and an assortment of baskets and other household items.  I immediately spotted a couple of mirrors I liked and after clambering over piles to reach them we agreed a price.  We also picked up a metal log basket for our log burner. I love it when I come home with things that will become lasting memories of our day - especially when they are things we have been looking for!
One day's visit and three posts written (the third is here). A record for me!  I could write even more because there are lots of stories and even more photos from our day, but I have other posts waiting so Coggleshall will have to be shelved until my next visit. 
I hope you are inspired to get out your camera and join in this photo challenge. Here is the plan:

1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.
     You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

There are more details here.

And one more thing - when you use the link tool, please click on your post title.  This will show the web address. Please right click, copy and paste this as your link.  This will take readers directly to your '5 in 5' blog page and be easier for them to find.

Thank you to those who have taken part so far, I have loved seeing your photos and hope you will be back with more. 

And don't forget, you have until 25th to post your link
Thank you for popping by! 


  1. Wow Sandie what a fabulous place - you have inspired me to seek it out for a visit.

  2. Wish I lived close enough to visit! Looks like a fun place.

  3. What a fab idea! Taking photos is a great way of stopping and taking notice of the present moment. I shall try my best to join in soon if the school summer holidays & back log of jobs to get the better of me, lol :-)
    Kat :-)

  4. What a beautiful place, a real treasure. I recognise the name Coggleshall, off to google it!


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