In the road behind the house, further up the hill, there’s a clump of wild fennel, which smells amazing. It was better than any air freshener.
The Edwardian fire surround is cast iron and was covered in 12 layers of gloss paint, which Mr Russell removed – a real labour of love !
The wavy edge bowl is indeed Murano, from Venice.. via Oxfam, as is the wooden solitaire game. The cream marble footed bowl is from Laura Ashley