We went to Fresh Air Sculpture exhibition at Quenington, Gloucestershire which I love each year it's on. It was SO hot, everyone swooned at the nice swimming pool there...I had a ginger ice cream instead to curb temptation. I'm normally fairly good at jotting down artist credits for my blog but today it all went out the window, sorry sorry sorry. There's a brill online guide at their website if you're fairly interested!
See the fish? I am drawing lots of fish at the moment...also loved the glass pond art above too. The grounds it's all set in is so beautiful and lovely for a stroll. They have a crazy pivoted bridge too.
We then ventured to South Wales for a little while and enjoyed lots of nice sunsets, beaches and fish 'n' chips! I love Wales. It's sort of like Cornwall, minus the tourists.
Three Cliffs Bay, lovely to stretch the legs and get a lung-full of sea air! Below, windswept but happy at the Mumbles. I went to uni in these parts a while back, it was good to be back and sample Joe's ice cream once more!
Back in the Cotswolds, I dropped stock to all my lovely suppliers, had a good chin-wag and had amazing lunch in new cafe The Canteen. We scoffed a pile of flatbread with greek salad and loads of fresh Turkish inspired dips in the courtyard, I could happily do this everyday! Recommended, and super inspiring sat in between a cluster of salvage yard and vintage-type gift stores...
I did a stall at Bath Artisan Market mid way through to get back into things! We cooked slowly underneath a glass roofed old railway station but my new Farmers Market tea towels were a hit, as well as butterfly garlands (which are now in the sale) and everyone was friendly. As normal, we spent most of our takings on refreshments- I drank ice cream coke floats from a converted caravan shack and macaroons from a fellow stall holder, delish!
One day we headed south, and dropped into our favourite farm shop cafe, Cholderton Farm for hen topped coffees, the best bacon sandwiches and a barn full of chickens to eat amongst. We ended up in and about Hampshire which I hadn't really done before and was very pretty with it's little thatched villages. We had cream teas and I didn't feel much like going back to Finland, but alas, here I am back again!
So most of the time was spent eating...we needed our British food fill. I figured if we'd gone abroad we would've eaten way too much too, it was a proper holiday after all!
Since being back in Finland, I've been busy scribbling new ideas and have my Christmas (!) radar whirling...sad but true! Next weekend we're going Russia way to stay in a cabin with some friends from the fella's work, fun! As always, I'll keep you posted.