The present owners of Brick Kiln Cottage are still finding bricks in the ground. The brick kiln hasn’t been operational for a long time. In fact, the kiln building has been renovated and made into an extension of the cottage.
It was thought to be a perfect spot for a brick kiln as the neighbouring fields produce the perfect clay. These days, it’s a private residence with an amazing garden which is open sometimes for the NGS. They also allow dogs so the four of us packed up Max and took off to visit it today.
While not massive by any stretch of the imagination, the garden has a lot of areas, including a woodland walk, liberally scattered with bluebells.
Along the woodland walk there’s a stumpery and a fernery, both signposted for easy identification. One of the things we really liked was the fact that the woodland path has been lined with fallen branches, giving it a very natural look. Other things we liked were the treehouse and the shepherd’s hut. Actually, Mirinda once wanted a shepherd’s hut in the garden as a sort of rural inspired office. Well, that or a gypsy caravan.
We thoroughly enjoyed our wander around the garden, ending it with a pose in the log encased arch before settling down for a cup of tea and slice of home made cake.
It was while we sitting with our refreshments that we met Dawn and her friend (I didn’t catch her name but she kept calling Dawn ‘Dawn’). Dawn makes cakes. She’s known around Hampshire for making brilliant cakes, especially lemon drizzle cake. We had a lovely chat with these two women and Dawn happily told us the secret of her lemon drizzle cake. Actually, it’s not much of a secret and she’s more than happy to tell anyone who’ll listen.
It was a lovely afternoon and another lovely NGS garden. It was, of course, all made so much better in Max.
Oh, and there’s more photos on Flickr.