Forest moments

Time to catch up! Our Sven Berlin website has kept me busy this month. Now it is up and running, here’s some of the moments that I’ve enjoyed here and in the Forest.

Seeing the ‘snow blossom’ on our Smoke (Cotinus) tree (left) reminded me that the pink blossom on our cherry trees isn’t that far away. A A Milne’s Tiddley Pom poem (a favourite shared with many) came to mind and reminded me so much of my late father.

And a walk on the spectacular Hampton Ridge in the New Forest, where we met ‘Eeyore’ completed the picture. We were out looking for the location of a scene painted by the wonderful Forest artist Frederick Golden Short. Thanks to artist Barry Peckham, who has followed, literally in Golden Short’s footsteps, for the confirmation! Look out for news of an inspiring exhibition connecting Golden Short, Barry, and fellow artist Peter Frost at the New Forest Heritage Centre later in the year (fingers crossed!)


Some will know that as well as pottery and ponies, the Charman family (who founded Godshill Pottery in the New Forest) have been great travellers - on their bicycles. Those who have read Christopher’s books will not be surprised to know that he kept a record of these trips. Their ‘cycling tales’, complete with Kate Charman’s photographs, are now in preparation. If lockdown is making you feel older and less able, be ready to be inspired - Chris, Kate, Danae and Peter all began their often demanding cycling adventures in their 60s and 70s!

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