Introducing Hugh

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I would like to introduce you to Hugh, a new addition to the garden.  Hugh was created by my friend Vik Westaway who is a sculptress specialising in willow.  In particular she creates amazing willow people which you can place in your garden but I prefer her animals and I fell in love with the owl some time ago.   So I was thrilled that as a thank you for the huge pile of willow logs I gave her, Vik gave me Hugh who is sitting on one of the logs. I am really pleased that some of the willow tree will have a second lease of life as bits of art work.  The other half is being used by my eldest son to train his scouts how to use knifes, axes and saws so the pile of logs has been put to good use.

You can see some of Vik’s work on her website. She has been particularly busy over the last 6 months since she was featured in Period Living Magazine. She is so busy in fact, producing sculptures for Chelsea and other exhibitions, that you have to book her two months in advance for a meal out!!! One of the exhibitions will be at the local Old Court Nursery, known for its asters, so if you are in the Malvern area in August or September why not pop in and see both the asters and sculpture.

Anyway I am delighted with Hugh who is residing in the old Bog Garden.  We thought he looked good peering out of the ferns and other foliage.  And why Hugh I hear you ask? Well if you say ‘hugh, hugh’ it sounds like an owl…trust me!!

 

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Yvone Ryan says:

    I HOPE Hugh pays his board by eating all the mice in your garden!

  2. Cathy says:

    Hugh (and the other sculptures, just had a look) are wonderful, witty. I wish I could add some lovely work like that to my garden. Thanks for sharing Hugh’s arrival!

  3. AnnetteM says:

    That is a great sculpture to have in your garden. I am off to look at the website now.. . .

  4. Pauline says:

    How wonderful that your tree is having another life as a sculpture! He looks very much at home in your garden.

  5. Cathy says:

    He is indeed lovely, Helen, and knowing his bones are from your garden makes him even lovelier

  6. jenhumm116 says:

    I’m delighted to make Hugh’s acquaintance, he’s very handsome and looks great in that spot.

  7. Julieanne says:

    Hugh hugh… tee hee. Gorgeous

  8. rusty duck says:

    He’s brilliant. I remember seeing the article in Period Living too.

  9. Alison says:

    Wow! What a very talented artist Vik is! Love your new owl.

  10. Hello Hugh, what a character – love that he’s perching on a willow log too – looks like he has control of the border!

  11. He’s very fine and dignified fellow!

  12. Anna says:

    How do you do Hugh! A great addition to the garden Helen and it must be so pleasing to know that the surplus willow has been put to good use.

  13. Tina says:

    He’s great! A perfect garden companion–does he catch mice for you, though?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Tina and Yvonne
      I doubt Hugh will catch many mice but that is oK as Maisie the cost catches more than enough

  14. Love love love!! Does she ship to the U.S.??

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Smalltown
      I have checked and yes Vik does ship to the US

  15. What a neat sculpture Helen!!

  16. Lilith says:

    Oh! He’s adorable! Thank you for sharing..

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