Caroline Irwin is pottering around in the garden when I arrive at Ayton Coach House.
House & Home
John Stoa keeps his cool as he pushes the boundaries of summer gardening.
We could argue all day about the world’s rarest book. Audubon’s Birds of America tends to fetch mega-money. A copy was sold by Christie’s New York on June 14 for £6.24 million, and even that was not its auction record. But if a first of a Shakespeare first folio came up…who knows?
It looks as if it’s been sitting there for hundreds of years but in fact Pitmedden House was built in 1993.
Sold by French auction house Thierry de Maigret in Paris last month was a striking 16th Century men’s leather doublet, or in their words, ‘très rare pourpoint de gentilhomme en chamois brodé, France, vers 1580-1600’.
The Open is underway and it’s hard to imagine a house more suited for letting during golf’s biggest event than the Walled Garden.
A suberb Chinese 18th Century blue and white Tianqiuping porcelain vase with Dundee connections made a small fortune when it appeared at the Ma San Auctions in Bath on June 6.
The electric gates whirr open and I drive down a tree-lined track for 500 metres until I reach the seclusion of Bogside Farm.
Great weather means it’s a good year for roses, says John Stoa.
Today's pictures shows an opulently-illuminated manuscript on parchment written and illustrated in Florence around 1490.