A few days away to re-charge The Cloth Shed batteries took us to Ludlow in Shropshire and of course some shopping along the way...
The butchers twine in red and blue ( which I have been after for a long while for my labels ) came from an interesting little shop tucked in a side street just off the marketplace called Black Bough.
Refreshing to find them still open at 5pm and not in a hurry to throw us out....thank you chaps!
Unlike some, where half an hour before closing they are removing things off the pavements and clearing up for the day.
In times of "recession" and in a tourist area too, it does seem shortsighted to possibly lose a sale.
A small, vintage flag from 55 Mill Street to make into a cushion....a little different to the usual union flag and I will back it in old, off-white linen.
The Cotswolds of course were also on the travel list to purchase some more chalk paint from Station Mill Antiques just outside Chipping Norton.
Lots of projects planned for these tins.
A tasty lunch in their cafe.... then onto Cirencester to the lovely Corn Hall building with its interesting selection of shops and a Craft market, where once again at closing time, ( must stop doing this...) a quick purchase from Melanie Thornton's beautiful stall Lark
I can't begin tell you how lovely this shea butter body lotion is, no nasty parabens and it smells so gorgeous too...her silver jewellery was also very tempting.
Emma Bridgewater Factory Shop in Stoke on Trent for some mug replenishment and a free oven glove
( August promotion ) on the way home... and a visit to a National Trust property we have never been to before.
Attingham Park in Shropshire with a kitchen to die for...
As keen National Trust members it was the first time we had actually taken up the offer of a guided tour and so pleased we did.
A wonderful lady in costume took us through the history of the family and the house with great style and humour...as a trained singer we heard the acoustic properties of the domed, glass roof gallery and as an actress her delivery and recollection of dates, ages and names would put a younger person to shame!
Heather Game...as she said.."game for anything"...what a star!
The Trust should be extremely pleased to have you.
As a final treat for the way home I bought some sweet peas from the plant area...£2 worth of gorgeousness.
PS Many thanks for your lovely comments and to Jane the Book Lady for nominating me for an award...too kind xx