An Artist, Not.


Garden map Wm

 Not to scale


A little while ago Janet and Cathy asked me if I could draw up a map of the garden, to make it easier to see how the different areas fit together.

C’est voilà.

It will never hang in the Tate, but I hope it meets its intended purpose. Click through on the image and the picture can be enlarged.




 The trees are more densely planted than this, but for clarity I’ve left most of them out. There are trees between the lawn and the river and the woodland extends outwards in all directions.

The Cabin/Workshop looks as if it is about to fall down. It probably is. Just not necessarily in the direction indicated on the drawing.

The greenhouse is decidedly wonky. Must work on perspective.

And I realised, after I’d inked it all in and scanned it, I forgot to put a door on the Man Shed. There must be something deeply significant about that..



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94 thoughts on “An Artist, Not.

  1. Amy at love made my home

    Hello! I love your map and it is great to see what goes where, I can picture things better in my mind already and it will help in the future too. You should frame your picture and put it on your wall, I think that it is really good and I am very impressed that you drew it in 3D, that is amazing. Give yourself the credit where it is due Jessica!! xx

    1. Jessica Post author

      I will need to update it as we do stuff.. I was hoping for another veg bed (below the first two) this year, but it’s way too wet to work out there at the moment.

  2. Chloris

    Well, I think it is an excellent map, it reminds me of the one in Wind in The Willows showing where Ratty and all the other animals live. Now we can see perfectly where everything is. Except you haven’t marked where your snowdrops grow.

    1. Jessica Post author

      I was thinking of Winnie the Pooh too… plenty of suitable locations for Eeyore’s gloomy patch!
      The snowdrops are, for the most part, up the sides of the 84 steps.

  3. Anna

    Job well done Jessica. I often struggle with with maps and plans but yours is pleasing to the eye and easy to comprehend. I’m intrigued as to the differences between Man Shed and Tool Shed so do please enlighten me :)

    1. Jessica Post author

      Ahhh! The Man Shed is more of a den. It has a workbench and is the place where things are constructed and much time is spent. I was thinking that my omission of a door might be an unconscious suggestion of keeping someone in there..? Except that the damn shed even has a phone extension. If I were to shut him in he could summon assistance. The Tool Shed is where the mower and other garden stuff goes. It is also Mouse HQ.

    1. Jessica Post author

      The girl (potting) shed is currently part of the cabin. Although lately there have been suggestions of a takeover bid on the basis that the Man Shed is structurally unsound. This means I will have to shift along a bit. It also means that the tranquil pastime of potting will be constantly interrupted by the sound of saws and drills. Negotiations are at a delicate stage.

    1. Jessica Post author

      It is too big really, more than we can cope with possibly. Luckily the fact that much of it is covered in trees means that it can be ignored! If I can get control over the terraces, the bank and the veg beds I will be happy for now.

  4. Cathy

    Just what was needed – thanks Jessica! Sorry to keep you so busy, but could you put another ‘page’ on your blog so we can access it when we need to, please? ps I know the difference between a man shed and a tool shed, but at least our man shed has a door!

  5. snowbird

    Actually, you’ve done a rather smashin’ job. It is good to see the complete area. I must say there are lots of surprises here….a cabin? wonderful….derelict pond??? would love to see more of that…..what an interesting plot you

    1. Jessica Post author

      I just hope we don’t get frogs spawning in the ‘pond’, it doesn’t hold its water long enough and I’ve nowhere else to put them. The river is too fast flowing. Scroll down and hit the pond tag, there’s a picture.

  6. Denise

    It would make a wonderful cross-stitch pattern, Jessica. And if you ever want to get rid of some of your land, you can always ship a bit across here to Kent!!

    1. Jessica Post author

      I think I missed a good many steps! I keep spotting a whole load of other things I missed too. Essential things like the bird table. Thanks Viv.

  7. Linda

    Let me be the first to comment here… is a bloody miracle, Jessica!
    Your map is so cute…I love it! And….yes…you ARE an artist!
    Your comments and replies always give me such a laugh….love your blog!
    Linda :o)

    1. Jessica Post author

      Thanks Linda. Have a lovely holiday!
      P.S. I moved your comment back to the mainstream, thought you might get lonely out there with the picture, Hope that’s OK. :)

    1. Jessica Post author

      I shall either give it a page of its own or put it under the ‘About’ section.
      I should think it’s 40-50 feet from the top of the hill down to the house level, and perhaps 30 feet down from the house to the river. Very approx.!

  8. Em

    I absolutely love it. Perhaps some splashy watercolour next time? It does its job and I;m now much clearer as to where everything is. May be using it as a map soon…..

    1. Jessica Post author

      Oh-er… I’ll need you to teach me how to do that!
      I saw something similar at one of the NT places we visited last year and thought it might work for here.

  9. Janet/Plantalisciousj

    Hurrah, thank you!! I love it, particularly the lack of a door on the man shed. Says so much… I’m tempted to suggest the addition of contour lines, given how steep it all is, but this is splendid. What a fun – and challenging – area to garden, so much space, but mostly inconveniently angled. You’ll never be bored… And it really will help add context to your posts.

    1. Jessica Post author

      I’m so glad you like it! I had tried indicating a drop off down to the river, railway cutting style, but it didn’t really work!

  10. Linda@arichtapestry

    Thanks for the map of your garden and land – very artistic and much appreciated as I’m always picturing places in my mind, love maps in general and sketch maps in books.

    1. Jessica Post author

      Like you I love maps, but sketch maps in books are particularly fascinating. There is a humorous version to this one I’d like to work up sometime, Winnie the Pooh style.

  11. colleen

    I really, really like home made maps and this is quite a gem; and wjat a picture it paints of you, avoiding the rain, industrious with your fine tipped pens. Brilliant.

    1. Jessica Post author

      Nut-to-butt.. I love it. You Americans have such a wonderful turn of phrase!
      Now you see why I will be following your dry shade experiments so closely.

  12. welshhillsagain

    I love maps and I love this. There are so many similarities between your space and mine – size, slope, falling over sheds and greenhouses. I have been so absent from my garden in recent months that a wander around makes me hyperventilate. Any map would need to show the extensive areas of creeping buttercup…

    1. Jessica Post author

      Ah, but you live by the sea, which I would love!
      Having a big garden also makes you a slave to it, there is little time for much else.

  13. Jo

    Well that puts everything in to perspective now when you mention each area in your posts. You’ve got so much interest in your garden, I don’t think your blog posts will ever dry up, there’s plenty there to blog about for years to come.

  14. charles

    Consumed with envy. My mother, aunt and uncle were raised on Dartmoor, arriving as refugees from France in around 1940. My father was also born in Devon. A man shed, a river and a greenhouse! Heaven indeed.

    1. Jessica Post author

      Hi Charles and welcome to rusty duck!
      We moved to Devon relatively recently, but I have become very fond of it… apart from the weather! One of the reasons we came down here was to get more space to garden. Possibly though I have bitten off more than I can chew!

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