I’ll post an update on the visit to the aquatic plants nursery later this week. Today I’m really looking forward to visiting to the Purbeck stone quarry near Corfe Castle. I  grew up just a few miles away, over the water, from this beautiful Isle of Purbeck. I loved  then and still do love this gorgeous wheaten-coloured stone; its textures and colours have always appealed, and I’ve been longing to use it for years. When the idea for ‘The Retreat’ came together, this Purbeck stone was the natural choice: it resonates with me, and because of that, it starts to develop a character of its own.