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Beachy Head viewed by Julia Bradbury on ITV

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Mark the Gardener: East Dean Blog 13-12-15

For the Christmas Blog this year, I was going to do a blog based around Oasis song lyrics, but I had another idea, when that happens, you gotta roll with it. The change of direction happened because I received a Christmas card from two people, who along with my fantastic Mum and the gorgeous Dancing Queen, have been the biggest positive influences in my life. Before I became a gardener, …


Mark the Gardener: East Dean Celebrity Blog 26-9-15

Well, that was fun. Completely unexpected and downright crackers, but fun nonetheless. Over the course of the last few years, I have brushed against fame and I find that “they” are really very ordinary. “They” are doing a job and “they” have good days and “they” have bad days. Just like us, but because “We” have decided “they” are noteworthy, “we” judge them as though “they” different are to “us”. …


Mark the Gardener: East Dean Blog 24-04-15

Dear Mr BH, I am throwing myself at your mercies. Please reconsider the decision to dispense with my services, I cannot bring myself to say sacked. I have racked my brains and I can’t think of many reasons for this decision to be taken: I like singing, I like dancing and I even like singing and dancing together, but I do accept that singing 9 – 5 at the top …


Mark the Gardener: East Dean Blog 24-11-14

Things, thoughts and mutterings that have happened this Year. Epididymitis is in no way as funny as it sounds. Scaffolders will laugh at you if a violent gust of wind blows a space hopper down the length of the garden, hits you on the back of the head and sends you flying head-first into a flower bed. Mr BH being well mannered enough not to comment when he catches his …


Mark the Gardener: East Dean Blog 7-11-14

I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t really been in the correct frame of mind to write for you recently. And that’s a bit daft really, because, and I’m only being honest here, I don’t really write for you, I write for me, to get something of my chest or just to rattle on until I come to a point where I haven’t got anything left to say. So I …


Mark the Gardener: East Dean Blog 29-7-14

A great philosopher of the late 20th Century said: “Sometimes you have to go away to come back.” Ok, it was Marti Pellow on Radio 2 this week. And he was paraphrasing Terry Pratchett who said: “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, …


Mark the Gardener: East Dean Blog 25-6-14

Make the Ordinary Come Alive Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of …


Mark the Gardener: East Dean Blog 1-6-14

So Summer is here. I haven’t got time to do a big Blog at the moment because I am supposed to be doing invoices, drawing up planting plans and quietly planning World Domination. So I will just leave you with two nuggets of priceless conversation from the last week. My lovely, lovely Lad is in the midst of GCSE’s and came to help in the garden to take his mind …


Mark the Gardener: The Blog is Back

The auditorium is dark. A single spotlight picks out a microphone on stage. Rock ‘n Roll Star starts playing through the speakers. A solitary figure swaggers on to stage. He stands before the microphone, arms  out stretched and then hands clasped behind back. He  bellows:  “I’m Back”. The crowd go wild and another Blog is written. That Ladies and Gentlemen is the backing track that plays in my head, the …

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