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    He does sterling work growing many inappropriate plants in Devon. He dedicates a great deal of time and effort nurturing a plethora of plants that are (mostly) totally unsuited to our climate. His is a life of such extreme eccentric dedication that to start a Blog about Biscuits seems perfectly normal. He treads gently in the footsteps of people like the great William Buckland,a professor of Geology who claimed that he could tell location by tasting the local topsoil.

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Biscuits of the Rich and Famous Pt. 1

Last week I attended my first ever meeting at the University of Bath Gardening Club. How I wish it was called Bath University Gardeners, the resultant acronym’s much more interesting.

But I digress.

The club’s programme of speakers over the next few months is most impressive and kicked off with Fergus Garrett last Wednesday on the subject of Great Dixter: Past, Present and Future. Naturally there were many pictures for us to drool over and lots of anecdotes recounted about the late, great Christopher Lloyd. So much so, his presence in the room was almost palpable.

It appears that the Lloyds were great hoarders: nothing got thrown away, ever. So as well as being Head Gardener, Fergus now has the new role of wading and sorting through the Lloyd family archive. Naturally, there’s lots of plans by Lutyens from when he worked on the house and gardens, plus correspondence with the great and the good, such as Gertrude Jekyll and Vita Sackville-West. However, the most important artefact of note to readers of this blog was the discovery of an unopened packet of digestive biscuits from the 1970s.

Unfortunately the time left for questions afterwards was miniscule, so your correspondent was unable to ascertain which brand.


Michelle Chapman


9 Responses

  1. I wonder if digestives age like a fine wine.

  2. Apparently if Christopher Lloyd was alive he’d have probably insisted on eating them. Let us consider the evidence:

    Also learned at the same evening…

    One day Fergus unearthed several large sealed tins which turned out to be full of flour, several years, if not decades old. Christopher Lloyd insisted on not letting all that good flour go to waste and ended up eating homemade rancid bread for a number of years.

    So Mr Uku, I suspect unfortunately they do not.

  3. Unopened? Surely there should be a prison sentence for such a crime? At least community service and a hefty fine.

  4. Rob – agreed. I suspect there were several unhappy tea breaks at Great Dixter during the seventies, where the lack of biscuits was bemoaned at length.

  5. I was at that talk too VP. Bloggers passing in the night eh?

    RO 🙂

  6. OMG RO – our paths cross again! 😮

    Are you going next Tuesday?

  7. No I’ll still be at Tumbledown on Tuesday. It was a bit of an effort to get to Bath to see Fergus as I was working in Oxford that day. I’d like to hear the HG from The Courts and Derry when they do their talks next year.

    You know we took our pumpkin pictures in the same place too!

  8. RO – The Courts HG and Derry are on my must-go list too along with Keith Wiley and Charles Dowding 🙂

    You got the better day for your pumpkin photos! It’s a fab place isn’t it?

  9. They have a good line up, I have to say I was quite impressed with the range of speakers they had organised. It is just frustrating I’m not living in the area now I’ve discovered them.

    I was lucky with the sunshine the day I drove past the pumpkins, I was on the way to visit a garden and blessed with fantiastic blue skies and sunshine.

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