Country estate in the Southern Highlands

Country estate in the Southern Highlands

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Welcome to my world. I am a young Shi Tzu puppy who lives in considerable comfort at Lynwood Farm with THEM. I’m fascinated by the way people live - in the rooms they build, the gardens they plant, the treasures they collect and the comfort they create. THEY give me the complete run of the house, so I will be able to show you lots of pictures of life at Lynwood.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

books as tables

THEY love books - its hard for us four-footed's to grasp exactly why, but they seem to spend a lot of time with them. 
adhoc table - books piled on a lacquer tray

tables need to be strong in this house

pair of tables on the upstairs landing outside the guest bedrooms

pretty black lacquer box found in a junk shop in Melbourne

books put out for weekend guests in the blue room

table from Pigott's, painted black

basket used as a side table in the TV room

sometimes THEY  run out of table space  !

old cane coffee table found at Vintage Days in Mittagong


HER faves:  
anything by Patrick Leigh-Fermor
'Berlin Diaries' (Marie Vassiltchikov)
'The Partnership - Duveen & Berensen' (Colin Simpson)
'The Smell of Summer Grass' (Adam Nicholson)
anything by James Lees-Milne
anything by Nancy Mitford
'Echoing Voices' (John Harris)
'To Marietta from Paris' (Susan Mary Alsop)
'Mariga and Her Friends' (Corola Peck)
'Redeeming Features' (Nicholas Haslam)
'A Gardner's Labrynth' (Patrick Kinmonth)
anything by Beverley Nichols
anything by Henry James
'The Education of a Gardener' (Russell Page)
 'The House of Boughs' (Elizabeth Wilkinson & Marjorie Henderson)     

HIS faves
anything by Paul Johnson
anything by Anthony Beevor
Gentleman Publisher's Commonplace Book (John G Murray)
Patrick O'Brien (Capt. Aubrey series)
Rupert Hart-Davis
'View from the Ground' (Martha Gellhorn)
'Old Men Forget' (Duff Cooper)
Allan Clark Diaries
'Men of Honour' (Adam Nicholson)
'The Hour of The Women' (C. von Krockow)
'Her Privates We' (Frederic Manning)
anything by Primo Levi
some things by Asimov
newest faves:
Allan Mallinson (a cavalry version of O'Brien)
Stella Rimmington (oh, what a Dame !)

fave book shops:
The Book Shop, Bowral (phone +61248621634)
 Ben Pentreath, London (but lots more than just books !)

I'm bored with the book story - its much more fun playing with the tapestry wool !


  1. Oh Bumble,.... I adore YOU and Bella!!!! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself on the blog. I just found it this morning and cannot wait to read you daily!!! OXOX

  2. We LOVE these wonderful photos of living well with lots and lots of books! So much fun to see "our" books happy at home!

    In fact, the entire blog is a real treasure!!!!