Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Arts & Crafts Gifts for Mother's Day

As promised, some smaller, more intimate pieces of craftsmanship at a cheaper price.

Buckenham Galleries, Southwold, Suffolk
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
2 Harton Manor Print Making, Hartland, Devon
Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham, Suffolk
Hamish Mackie, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire
Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, Oxfordshire
Keith Witt, Lee, North Devon
Butley Pottery, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Coombe Farm Gallery, Dittisham, Devon
Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Gloucestershire
Toff Milway, Conderton, Gloucestershire
Peter Hall & Son, Staveley, Cumbria

Not all of the above have websites for some craftsmen still hold to the Luddite tradition.

And, for more next Blog, a recommended Scenic Drive (Car Tour) to take your breath away....through magical landscapes, wooded valleys and idyllic villages. So, top up your car/motorbike with some fuel...

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Special Gifts for Mother's Day

We have a wealth of craftsmen and women in this country, and what better opportunity is there than to use this day as an excuse to send your mother a handmade piece of craftsmanship. So, herewith some ideas. Good luck.

Red Rag Stow Gallery, Stow on the Wold, Glos

Flora's Garden The John Davies Gallery, Moreton in Marsh, Glos Cothele Gallery, Cornwall

Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon
Northern Lights Gallery, Keswick, Cumbria
Pinkfoot Gallery, Cley next the Sea, Norfolk

Harts Silversmiths Gallery, Chipping Campden, Glos
Blown Studio Glass Gallery, Dartmouth, Devon

Spinnaker Gallery, Crediton, Devon

Sculptured and Decorated Ceramics...
Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Glos
Broadway Modern, Broadway, Worcs
Appledore Crafts Co-operative, Appledore, Devon
The Round House & Capstan Gallery, Sennen, Cornwall

More ideas to follow, tomorrow...

Friday, 25 March 2011

Visiting Dartmoor for a Short Break

if you seek solitude and wish to wander freely for miles and miles, none better, but plan your trip and pack provisions, and a lightweight tent. You are allowed to camp in the wild here, the only place one is allowed to do so, apart from the Scottish Highlands in the UK....

Haytor at Dawn, the first stop for many where you can park and walk
The River Teign flows beneath Castle Drogo at Fingle Bridge
A view overlooking Chagford, a village of great charm
The wild landscape of Widecombe in the Moor. None better.
Spinster's Rock outside Chagford
The Ring of Bells at North Bovey, a welcome watering hole

Visiting Exmoor for a Short Break

This is the Great Outdoors at its finest and most pure. Nature in all its extremes and beauty, and whether you wish to follow the hunt, spy the Red Deer, or just walk and wander, or perhaps cycle, few places can match this...

Stoke Pero for Deer Watching
Walk along the Heddon Valley, and be enchanted
The River Exe beside a circular walk from Dulverton
A destination for cyclists, walkers, mountain bikers: all roads lead to Tarr Steps...
Watersmeet where you can fish, talk and walk, and eat...

The River Barle at Simonsbath
For a traditional Exmoor homestead, none better than Emmett's Grange near Simonsbath

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Summer Gardens To Visit

Wandering about these gardens will bring you pleasure and comfort. Perhaps, some peace and solitude, and stimulating ideas...

Barnsley House, Gloucestershire
Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire
Overbecks, South Devon
Cerney House Gardens, Gloucestershire
Killerton, Devon
Abbotswood, Gloucestershire
Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire

More Church Art

I was sorting through my images and came across these folk....All a bit of fun, and taken during my research for my Devon and Cornwall Guidebooks.

"All the world's a stage...." Ottery St Mary, Devon
"I spy with my little eye......" Colyton, Devon
The Men of Sherwood, Weare Gifford, North Devon
School For Scandal, Colyton, Devon
Holier than thou...Colyton, Devon
Family at Prayer...
Hands Together, Lanreath, Cornwall

Next Blog, more Gardens to visit...then some arts and crafts.
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