Friday, 2 June 2017

Country Castle


The entrance to Amberly Castle

If I ever need some inspiration for my art or design  I like to head for country homes and castles with their beautiful architecture, gardens and finery. I am  lucky that right on my doorstep I have a couple of Castles that never loose that appeal.

There is Arundel which towers over a quaint town filled with antique shops and interesting little shops and is the obvious tourist stop off but not far from there is Amberley Castle, nestled in the little village of Amberley. Amberly Castle is my favourite, only because its got a cosy feel and you can walk around the gardens and feel how it might have been to live there once upon a time. It's a hotel and the other week I visited for afternoon tea. It was a delightfully sunny warm day and the white doves and peacocks were out in force, a truly magical place.
With a croquet lawn

A lovely long driveway

The inner wall




The inner court yard


The view from a balcony on the far side of the castle



Beautiful old windows

Peacocks around the castle
Posing 
Shaking his tail feathers 

Afternoon tea - sandwiches devoured, making our way to the cakes.

Friday, 14 April 2017

In an English Country Garden

The Larmer Gardens Brocante 
My next fair is at the most stunning venue of The Larmer Tree Gardens near Salisbury in a beautiful part of the English country side in the South of England. Not only will it be a jam packed fair filled with great sellars who search out some unique Brocante gems  but the venue itself is completely magical with an open air theatre, beautiful grounds and peacocks wandering around oblivious of all. 

 

I will be bringing along my beloved vintage quilts and French linens collected over many years.

Spring bonnets and millinery are some of my favourite things.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Everything is coming up Roses

Everything is coming up Roses this season,  firstly I was totally spoilt with Roses this valentines. They were all so beautiful.


Then planning ahead for my next fair.

Opening up my cupboards and searching out stock for my next fair I realise that roses r us, they are everywhere ! 
I'm looking forward to my first fair of the season with Vintage Bazaar Events in Devizes, South England, and I will be taking along many beautiful fabrics, linens  and quilts that I have collected over the years. I particularly love roses and have a few quilts and fabrics with a rosey theme, one being this beauty.

A beautiful Welsh collectors piece, gorgeous fabric and hand quilting incorporating hearts and leaves, cross hatching and much more. Most likely a marriage quilt and a quilt that was truly cherished as it is in excellent condition.
Need to sort out some more roses.