I am very lucky to live in the beautiful county of Wiltshire. Within a few minutes of my home is beautiful countryside – heading north, the beautiful Bradford-on-Avon and the spectacular Roman city of Bath. Heading south there is the world-renowned Stonehenge and Salisbury, dating back to the iron age.
To the west, my best-loved town, Frome (OK so it is technically in Somerset!), with its arts and crafts and to the east the even more magical stone circle of Avebury and the up-market Marlborough.
This weekend has been a wash-out so far (typical British weather!) so I have been limited to a quick trip to Frome. Visiting Mary Kilvert’s fabulous shop I bought a few goodies (can’t spoil the surprise on those by posting piccies!) and enjoyed my chat with her very friendly and helpful staff. I also visited a little Italian cafe called Paccamora opposite Mary’s shop, which was full of character, and the tea’s not bad either…
I also just happened to, ahem, pop into Marmalade Yarns, which is fast becoming my go-to yarn shop. Maxine very kindly offered knitting advice, and I got a sneak peek of her latest ideas for the next window display. I treated myself (quelle surprise!) to some lovely yarn – some for more makes for my forthcoming Etsy shop, some to make a fancy scarf for Anna, and a bit of beautiful lace to perhaps make myself a wrap or shawl.
My camera has given up the ghost so I have no piccies sadly, but have now treated myself to a new one – yay! So that means I will have to go back. And, perhaps, buy some more yarn?
Despite the current inclement weather, over the last week or so, I had time for a couple of trips to one of my favourite local destinations – The Courts Garden in Holt – a National Trust venue.
The borders were jam-packed with beautiful specimens – unfortunately I only had an hour to walk around so i didn’t get to enjoy it fully. The pond is my place of solace and reflection (well, not in it, you understand!)…
Another day I met up at the local Country Park, for a long walk in the sunshine, with my friend Anna and her little boy Mikey, amiably and ably assisted by their bonkers dog, Dave (known to me as Dave-a-roo).
As you can see Mikey is incredibly photogenic. Dave, on the other hand, is a Rottweiler in a Chihuahua body whilst out and about. I have promised him that I will never reveal his secret. When at home he is known to me as Shaky Dave – he literally quivers at the slightest approach of my cat Ella or anyone else.
Oops Dave – sorry – the secret is out…
Happy weekend all!