Christmas 2015 – News Letter

Dear All,

It is unusual for me to produce two News Letters within one month of each other, but Christmas is almost upon us, and this one is rather special.

The Pulham Picture Puzzle

I shall soon be running out of sites for my ‘Site of the Month’ feature, so I thought it would be a good idea to try something different – just in time for Christmas!   As I have a large number of pictures in my archive of gardens and other features created by ‘The Pulhams of Broxbourne’ – many of which have been used in ‘Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy’, and several have been published in my ‘Site of the Month’ articles, but even more are still unpublished – I have decided to publish some of them in the form of ‘Pulham Picture Puzzles’.

The first on is a ‘Randon-Grid’ Puzzle which is like a jigsaw puzzle, but, instead of having the old-fashioned random-shaped interlocking pieces, the picture is cut up into squares that are then shuffled into random order, and your job is to rearrange them to create the proper picture.   All you have to do is Click on a square that you want to move, and then Click on the location you want it to move to – don’t try to ‘Click and Drag’ the piece – and the two pieces will then automatically change places.

I have to admit that I originally tried to find an old-fashioned interlocking puzzle format, but the one I chose only worked with PCs, and not on Macs or mobile devices, so I settled on this version in order to get it up and working.   It is quite challenging, but, depending on your reaction, I shall continue to investigate what other options might be available for the future.   Watch this space, and, in the meantime, I hope you will enjoy trying to reassemble my first picture.  I also included a Response Form and a Poll Form – I don’t know how these will work, but I hope you will help me by trying them.   Good Luck, and Happy Puzzling!

A Fascinating Day in Woodbridge’

In My November News Letter, I promised to write an article about the day that Val and I spent in Woodbridge recently.   It was a most interesting and enjoyable day, in which we achieved two or three things that we had been wanting to do for some time – but there was also one terrible shock awaiting us. . . .

The article is now written, but, as it was rather too long to include here, I decided to publish it as a stand-alone piece, and you can find it by Clicking on the title above.

Two More Special Dates for the Presentation Diary

Projector ScreenFollowing our visit, Robert has arranged a date for Val and I to return to Woodbridge on Wednesday, 4th May, 2016, to talk to the Melton Local History Society at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Station Road, Melton, IP12 1PX, starting at 3.00 p.m.   This will be a very special treat that Val and I shall be looking forward to, because Woodbridge is, after all, the place where it all started.   We shall be delighted to do it – in fact, we shall even do our presentation under the special one-off title of

‘The Pulhams from Woodbridge’

and do our best to focus more on the work they did around their home town.

151210 - Waddesdon GrottoThe time and date of our next presentation has yet to be finalised, but it will be another special Pulham Celebration Day – this time at

Waddesdon Manor.

A lot of work has been planned for 2016 to clear and clean up the massive Pulhamite structures at Waddesdon – described in Chapter 12 of Rock Landscapes – and they thought it would be of particular interest for us to go along and talk about the firm and the work they did there.   Watch the Presentation Diary for further updates, but the idea at the moment is to have some talks and discussion during the morning, and a guided tour of the Pulhamite features around the gardens during the afternoon.   Sounds good to us, and we are delighted to have been invited to participate.   The small image here is of one of the massive grottoes on the North Drive – that was taken about 15 years ago, so the vegetation has increased considerably since then!

A Special ‘Site of the Month’

There will be a very special ‘Site of the Month’ in January.   It relates to a feature that only came to light after my book was published, and is in the form of a Maze.   This is the only feature of this type that I have seen, and I am sure it is unique.   It is in the garden of what used to be The Rectory – it is now two private houses – in Benington, Hertfordshire, and is only a few hundred yards from Benington Lordship – see Chapter 1 in the book.   As it’s Christmas, I thought you might like to access a Special Preview here.

The sites included in my ‘Sites of the Month’ since the last listing in my April News Letter are:

48 May 15 1882

Halton House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

49 Jun 15 1868-74

hutton hall, guisborough, north yorkshire

50 Jul 15 1898

Mount stuart, argyll and bute

51 Aug 15 1880

Ware Park Manor, Hertford, Hertfordshire

52 Sep 15 1922-23

‘Dunira’, near Comrie, Perthshire

53 Oct 15 1873

Smithills Hall, Bolton, Lancashire

54 Nov 15 1901-03

bushey House, Bushey, hertfordshire

55 Dec 15 1845

Bayfordbury, near Hertford, Hertfordshire

‘A Wonderful Book to Own . . .’

141114 - Book CoverChristmas is now almost upon us, so it is probably too late to think about ordering new books to put under the tree, but, if you haven’t yet got round to it, how about treating yourself, or someone near and dear to you, to a treat for the New Year?

‘Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy’ could provide the perfect answer.   More than 40 of the Pulhams’ most prestigious creations are fully discussed and beautifully illustrated with some stunning photographs taken by Professional Gardens Photographer, Jenny Lilly.

Check out theCONTENTS Page here, and visit our ‘Book Shop Page, which provides a direct link to the publisher’s website, ACC Art Books.   All you have to do is follow the link and enter the ‘PL1’ Promotion Code in order to buy a copy at a massive 40% discount from the R.R.P. of £35!

Yes, £21 (+ £4 P&P) = £25!  

The book has been critically acclaimed by all the major Professional Reviewers, whose comments can be summed up simply as:

‘A Wonderful Book to Own, and the Perfect Present for a Garden-Loving Friend’

Click on the Image to go direct to the Book Shop.

Have a Very Happy Christmas, followed by a Healthy and Successful New Year!   We look forward to meeting you at one of our ‘Pulhams of Broxbourne’ Presentations or perhaps the special ‘Pulhams from Woodbridge’ event – sometime soon.

Yours Sincerely,


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