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An English sculpture garden

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

Some of you already know that I go to England several times a year for work, as the organization I work for is based in England. In the last few months, I showed you London markets and London decorated for Christmas (my three blogs dated 11 and 12 December), and, more recently, back in June, more London markets and London all decorated for the Queen's Jubilee (

Today, I would like to take you to one of my very favorite places in England. It is in Ockley, near Dorking, in Surrey (South of London). It is a sculpture garden, and all the sculptures are contemporary art (one of my passions). So if you don't like contemporary art, you might not enjoy it very much... :(

I arrived late morning from Paris on the Eurostar train and my friend Liz was waiting for me at the station. We immediately drove off to Surrey. We had been to the Hannah Peschar scupture garden before and already knew where we wanted to have lunch, in a lovely pub a few minutes away from the garden where we had the most gorgeous seafood last time.

The hanging baskets were welcoming...

... and so was the white wine we ordered...

There are few things for me that say 'England' as much as 'fish and chips'! To be honest, it can be just horrible, but it can also become a master piece when properly prepared (and when the fish is fresh, which is the case at The Old School). We weren't disappointed!

And then we were off to nearby Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden. It was a beautiful sunny day with a Fall crispness in the air. Perfect!

Hannah Peschar is the owner of this outdoor gallery. It isn't meant as a beautiful garden (and the garden isn't the reason people come to visit I believe), but rather as a setting for the works of art.

OK, I have to confess I am showing this sculpture first as it was one of my favorites! Anyway, I won't show you any of the ones I didn't like!... I loved both the sculpture and the maple tree above it...

There were a few by the same artist...

Can you tell how happy I am to be there? :)

I am not going to comment all the sculptures or plants!!!... So I'll just give you a tour of all the sculptures and places I preferred... Please note that obviously they are for sale and so they change all the time. Out of the dozens on display, there were only a couple that were there from the last time I came.

(I really like these huge leaves!)

There are several pretty little cottages on the property, and they definitely contribute to the charm of the place! I think this one is my favorite:

If you want more information about this sculpture garden, here is their website:

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed visiting this sculpture garden with me... I am having such a beautiful time at my friend Liz's, with lots of great chats and laughter!

Have a beautiful sparkling week!

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MARKATSPARK 7/23/2015 5:37AM


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BJPENNY70 10/13/2012 8:27PM

    Thank you for sharing this trip with us. I othewise would have never known it exist or have seen it. I really appreciate this.

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NEWKATHYNOW 10/13/2012 7:44PM

    Thanks once again for sharing such wonderful photos. You look so happy and the whole day sounds like such fun! Spending the day with a friend is always so special and to be in a beautiful place like this just makes it even more of a treat!

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NWFL59 10/13/2012 7:05PM

    Loved seeing this! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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ALASKASKY 10/13/2012 5:06PM

    I would like to see this in person. Beautiful!

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WALKINGCHICK 10/6/2012 5:28PM

    Thanks for sharing this garden and the sculptures - it is lovely to see something so unusual. I'll be looking for something similar here in Scotland to share with my Spark friends!

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SARAWALKS 10/3/2012 5:09PM

    Love the sculptures AND the garden! Funny how, once you start looking at sculpture, everything begins to look "sculptural" - the leaves, the hanging flowers, the real people walking in the garden! Is it just me? Anyway, I adore modern sculpture too. emoticon emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/2/2012 6:08PM


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MINIUM 10/1/2012 1:19PM

    I didn't think I would like contemporary art but I do - beautiful! Thanks! I loved the hanging baskets at the old school too, not to mention the fish & chips. I long to be in England now! Thanks for the 'trip'!!!
Oh, by the way, your hair looks absolutely fabulous! (and so does Liz's)

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AGK3112 9/28/2012 3:54PM

    emoticon Love your pictures and your passion about photography. emoticon for sharing

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BLOOMINGLENA 9/28/2012 8:36AM

    What beautiful photos Claire! Oh it seems like heaven! Congratulations on your blog being voted most popular. Thank you for letting us take a look at your walk...I felt like I was there! I hope I will visit it the next time I go to london!



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HAKAPES 9/27/2012 5:38PM

    Wow, those are interesting sculptures!

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NEWTINK 9/27/2012 10:54AM

    That place looks amazing I am so jealous ... thank you for sharing emoticon

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JOL1KEY2BOL3 9/27/2012 10:21AM

    J'aime le sculpture des papillons! Le jardin est très joli! Merci pour partager avec nous...

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1BEACHWALKER 9/27/2012 1:54AM

    I love sculpture gardens!! This one was really pretty! I really liked the butterfly one and the faces! Looks like you were really having a great time and glad you are! Reminds me of one we went to in Myrtle Beach, SC.-called Brookgreen can look it up online! Gorgeous place- I can't wait to go again. We are going to one in Gainesville FL soon! Waiting for the heat to cool a bit!
Thanks for posting! Congrats on the popular blog award! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALIHIKES 9/27/2012 12:56AM

    Wow thank you for sharing the wonderful sculpture garden. What a great place to visit and walk! LOVED the face sculpture, so serene and beautiful.

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CHUM48 9/25/2012 6:46PM


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MILLIE5522 9/25/2012 3:06PM

    My husband is an art teacher so I am sure he will love to go. I am lucky as I live very near to Henry Moore's sculpture garden. When I next go there I will see if I can post some pics of it.
Thank you once again for a wonderful blog! emoticon

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FITMAY 9/25/2012 2:45PM

    Absolutely STUNNING! I also love to see how happy you are!
Love ya'! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 9/25/2012 8:23AM

    That is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. Someday I hope to visit England.

Love the pictures.

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ISHIIGIRL 9/25/2012 8:06AM

    It reminds me of a Museum I visited in Paris. I think it was the home of Rodan? The garden were filled with his scultpures. Thanks for jogging that memory for me and for sharing this lovely place. I hope to visit it one day.

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STRIVER57 9/25/2012 5:51AM

    added to my list of places to visit should i ever rent a car in England again. thanks!

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SWEDE_SU 9/25/2012 3:52AM

    wonderful - thank you for sharing!

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BLUEJEAN99 9/25/2012 2:19AM

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KAREN91 9/25/2012 1:49AM

    Great cottage! Great pictures! You look very happy to be there! Your blog is great! emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 9/25/2012 1:31AM

    Even though this isn't my favorite kind of art, I really liked the idea of a garden exhibition. And the one with the butterflies really caught my attention.
Beautiful pictures as always, Claire! Next time you visit, please, please, take more pictures of those cottages! They must be really beautiful!

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MARYJEANSL 9/25/2012 12:04AM

  Very enjoyable, especially the pictures of the lovely garden. No fall weather here, and I do miss it

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CYPATAYLOR2 9/24/2012 10:47PM

  Great pictures! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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PHEBESS 9/24/2012 10:46PM


My fave was the butterfly swarm sculpture - how cool!!

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ROCKYCPA 9/24/2012 10:41PM

    What beautiful sculptures - thanks so much for posting!

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GLOFRY1 9/24/2012 10:21PM

    Thank you so very much for sharing these wonderful pictures and descriptions. I love all the sculptures and the gardens are amazing. There are all amazing. My granddaughter is going to spend next Semester in England. She is a musical theater and loves all things beautiful. I will try to encourage her to try and visit the Hannah Peschar sculpture garden. Again, thank you.

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BEWELL48 9/24/2012 10:13PM

    Oh so jealous of your job! Your pictures are beautiful! I so want to spend some time in that cottage! Thank you for posting these wonderful sites!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/24/2012 10:06PM

  I loved all of your pictures of the sculptures and especially loved the little cottage. All were beautiful.......... emoticon

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JAMER123 9/24/2012 10:00PM

    I was thinking as I scrolled through your pictures, that you are having a wonderful time by what you are sharing with us and then at the end, you tell us you are!! The pictures tell the wonderful story! Thank you for sharing!! emoticon

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LISA_FRAME 9/24/2012 9:04PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/24/2012 9:04PM

    emoticon pictures.

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JOANNANOW 9/24/2012 8:31PM

    Thanks! Your photo journals are always a treat!

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JUNEAU2010 9/24/2012 8:14PM

    Thank you for sharing such beauty! Some day....I will see such things!

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LISALGB 9/24/2012 7:12PM

    I am so happy that you had a great weekend with Liz. It certainly shows in your lovely photos. The sculpture gardens are beautiful. What a serene setting for art. I love the sculptures. But, my favorite picture is the one of you!! You look so beautiful and so happy. It is definately the best one.
And, congratulations, again, for having a featured blog. I am not surprised though - we all look forward to your beautiful blogs.
I hope you have a wonderful week. Blessings to you my lovely, dear friend!!
Love and many hugs!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/24/2012 5:19PM

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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SONDRAJ20 9/24/2012 4:55PM

    Your beautiful photographs perfectly capture the magic of the place!

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COLLEENTXRN 9/24/2012 3:32PM

  Beautiful garden and art, I envy you your career that takes you to such lovely places. emoticon

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SMOULINIER 9/24/2012 3:02PM

  Just beautiful! It's what I've always imagined the lovely english countryside to be! Perhaps someday I will get a chance to visit. emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 9/24/2012 2:19PM

    Good morning Claireinparis,

I just wanted to say that you have the most beautiful pictures on your blog. They make me smile and look for beautiful scenery like that where I live, South of Chicago, IL.

Have a great day and thanks for sharing your wonderful photographs with all of us.


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NILLAPEPSI 9/24/2012 1:45PM

    Wow!! What a gorgeous place!!

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SHIELDAC 9/24/2012 1:42PM

    thank you for sharing your adventures with us

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SPEEDY143 9/24/2012 1:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Now that's my idea of a walk through an art gallery emoticon so much for sharing emoticon I love the picture you took of your friends feet walking up the stone steps. It's blurred just enough to indicate movement *sigh* so lovely emoticon

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CLAYARTIST 9/24/2012 12:49PM

  Thank you. I am emoticon emoticon emoticon a clay artist and create contemporary sculptures using the Asian coil method. I loved your tour of the garden - probably need to put seeing this garden on my "bucket" list.

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