Ta-Dah! Is it really the middle of June 2013?!?! I must apologise to any remaining readers (and to those that have long given up on me) for the lack of Folly updates over the past several months. It must be said that the past year has proven to be quite a challenge on many levels. However, the good news is that our team of builders and artisans, along with the efforts of SuperStevie, family and friends, tangible progress has been made at The Folly.
Rather than write a boring account, I’ve posted two new photo galleries based on popular demand: The first gallery is: The Folly. Needless to say, progress has been slow since renovation and building works commenced back in 2009. However, our current team has accomplished much over the past year. As the old cliché says, “a picture is worth a thousand words”! This first photo gallery focuses on the main house, including the attic where renovation and conversion works are ongoing, and have been from the ground floor upwards over the past 3 1/2 years.
The 2nd photo gallery is: The Gardens and Orchard Gallery. It provides a variety of plants within the gardens and fields, along with several different types of fruit trees from the orchard. The original owners were keen gardeners of both ornamental and eatable plants, shrubs, vines as well as fruit and nut trees. Over the past few years, we’ve been blessed with some amazing harvests. In some cases, due to Steve’s efforts, many fruit trees have been saved and are now healthy. The variety is awe-inspiring. To this day, we continue to discover “new” plants and trees. For example, dozens of a wild form of the calla lily has appeared along with a couple of red cherry trees, which are overloaded with fruit. We also were surprised to find that the bamboo growing throughout sections of the gardens and courtyards is a highly sought after and expensive type called Black Bamboo or Phyllostachys Nigra. It is used for lumber, food, and musical instruments, among other things, in areas of China where it is native and also worldwide. In Rwanda, it is being used to boost the economy. Unlike golden bamboo, it is not considered an invasive species. But, in Europe and the USA black bamboo demands high prices as an ornamental garden plant. As of now, thou, we have no plans to “cash” in!
Lastly, I couldn’t resist including pictures of the various animals and pets: sheep, cats, chickens, etc., whom we’ve cared for and adored.