Artichokes, a shack and a suicide

To Virginia Woolf’s country retreat this weekend, Monk’s House, near Lewes in East Sussex. The house played host to members of the Bloomsbury Group and some vegetable gardening in its time, and now takes in visitors twice per week.

Unlike George Orwell, who escaped to the island of Jura to write, Woolf kept her carbon footprint down by heading for a shack in her back garden. Which was probably more sensible.

The shack still stands, as do flowering artichokes in the vegetable patch, although it is unclear whether these are a more recent addition.

Woolf went about a mile down the road to drown herself in an unphotogenic river.