The Magical Little Sparta

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32 weeks pregnant

I’ve been wanting to visit Little Sparta ever since I first heard about this “secret” garden, but since you can’t reach it with public transport and we don’t drive (yet) it took me until now! Yesterday Matthew’s dad who’s also wanted to visit for a long time came with us, so we all got into his car and drove Southwest through beautiful hilly sceneries for about an hour.

Little Sparta is Ian Hamilton Finlay’s (1925-2006), a Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener’s, greatest work of art. It’s a garden dotted with artworks and a lot of words and short poems everywhere – I’m sure we missed many of them as it was a very natural garden with many nooks and crannies. I have to say it was quite refreshing to enjoy art outdoors instead of in an art gallery!

I was 32 weeks yesterday and still feeling pretty good in general. I do get a bit more tired than I normally would and usually try to lie down for a while once a day – also to rest my sciatic nerve. I have to say I’m pretty fed up with being pregnant and can’t wait to get rid of this huge belly and start wearing whatever I want!

Anyway, here are a few photos from our visit so you can see how pretty it was!


There is a 800 metre long walk from the parking lot to the garden, but it’s a pretty scenic walk through fields of sheep and cows, so we didn’t mind. Well to be honest I did mind the animal droppings that were everywhere a little bit – I could just see Lana falling straight into a giant cow poo…(Have you ever seen one?!)

Little Sparta is open to the public only on certain dates between June and September, and there is a bus leaving from the Gallery of Modern Art on Saturdays if you don’t have a car of your own. It’s a good idea to bring your own lunch as there’s no cafe or anything there. You can find more info on their website.

x Nina x