This blog post took its genesis from a family friend who kindly lent me a fascinating booklet produced by The Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society that details the exceptional proportion of Victoria Cross medals that were awarded to military who hailed from this particular corner of Surrey. Interestingly, there were three Victoria Cross medal recipients from the New Malden area. To put that in perspective, there are only two other places in the world that share the same accolade and those are: Carluke in South Lanarkshire, Scotland and Euroa, near Melbourne, Australia. However, of the three, New Malden is the only town with no separate commemorative site, statue or memorial to visit.
The week starts with a visit to Garsons Farm in Esher…
Specifically, the new HUGE Christmas department!
‘He was considered a violent and dangerous patient (…) After he killed his father, his rooms were searched and a portfolio was found containing likenesses of many of his friends all with their throats cut.’
So artist Richard Dadd’s condition was described in his Casenotes from Bethlem, a psychiatric hospital, in 1854.
My enthusiasm for historic houses is unparalleled.
I went to RHS Wisley to see the new display of Alice in Wonderland sculptures scattered throughout the gardens.
Introducing Surrey Bunny.
I’m very excited to share my latest project with you. Surrey Bunny is a new animation series on YouTube, following the adventures of a bunny who loves exploring exciting places, pursuing her favourite hobbies and generally having a good time!
It was the scent of roses that made me all agog to see the garden at Polesden Lacey.