Category Archives: Trips
I had a great time in London over the weekend. Despite the wet weather, I enjoyed seeing some of the sights and managed to stay dry huddled under a brolly.
We started the day with a big breakfast in a little London cafe before hopping on and off the tube looking at some of the sights. I loved being so close to the London Eye and felt like such a tourist!
This man put a smile on our faces, making beautiful big bubbles that floated up into the sky along the River Thames.
One of the highlights of the day was visiting the London Dungeon which was very fun but spooky! We also visited Camden Market which I LOVED and can’t wait to go back again in the summer. It was full of so many different quirky things that you wouldn’t see anywhere else.
Overall my London adventure was very inspiring.
I would describe London as a bustling vibrant city with lots of character. Everything seemed quite dull and lifeless when we arrived back home in the Midlands.
Even some of the steps were cheery and colourful!
Last weekend I spent a fantastic few days away in Bath. We stayed in Frome, about a fifteen minute drive from Bath itself, and found it to be quite a pleasant little town. My favourite part was the cobbled streets and quirky little shops that were hidden away.
One day of the trip was spent nearby in Longleat where we visited the safari park and wandered around the grounds of Longleat House. This included finding our way out of a hedge maze which was a lot of fun, admiring lots of pretty gardens, the butterfly farm, and an interesting boat trip.
The weather was on our side on Sunday so we saw plenty of warm sunshine, which of course meant ice cream
At the safari park we took our chances and drove through the ‘monkey mayhem’ area where monkeys were free to do as they pleased… Many were hitching a ride on the cars but were also causing damage to aerials, bumpers, wing mirrors etc! Luckily our car was safe and there was one fellow who loved the taste of the windscreen wash from one of the washers on the bonnet!
We also came face to face with a lion which was quite scary but very cool!
In the centre of Bath we couldn’t resist a bit of shopping, and found some lovely restaurants. I experienced Cafe Rouge for the first time and loved it, can’t wait to go back.
If all that wasn’t enough, we also managed to get a good glimpse of Stonehenge on the drive home!
I had a lovely weekend at the seaside in Hunstanton making the most of the sunshine collecting shells, paddling in the sea, ice creams, fair ground rides and enjoying the smell of the sea air. It was a good opportunity to gather some inspiration for my work too.
Wish I was still there!
I got back from Alicante in Spain on Sunday, and am missing the sunshine so much already! Thought I might have been able to bring some of the sun back home with me, but it didn’t seem to work. Apparently I missed out on a lot of rain! I had an amazing holiday which was just what I needed, it was a nice break to get away from everything, so I’m feeling all refreshed now.
And to make things even better, I’ll be jet setting again in July when I fly to Turkey for another holiday, so I’m looking forward to that now!
The weather in Alicante was lovely and warm with a great beach and a relaxing private pool. I enjoyed plenty of cocktails and took some inspiring photographs which will be used for some new pieces of work that I will be working on very soon.
I’ll leave you with my favourite selection of photos… If I close my eyes I can still imagine being there! Enjoy
I had a great weekend for my birthday! It was spent on a canal boat cruising down the canal with friends, music, food and wine. Thankfully the weather stayed nice and we didn’t get any rain. We were also lucky not to crash as my steering wasn’t great! I would definitely recommend hiring a canal boat for something a bit different and will definitely be doing it again
Oops my blog has been neglected lately, I’ve been so busy and lots of exciting things are happening at the moment…
I was away last week staying in a log cabin with some friends, we didn’t get any snow but we had a great time!
Valentines Day is fast approaching so I’ve been busy making personalised engraved love heart plaques and sending stock to new galleries (more details to be announced soon!)
A couple of days ago I was contacted by someone on behalf of Richard Curtis, the writer/director of Notting Hill, Love Actually etc. Unfortunately his mother recently passed away and for her funeral next week he was interested in purchasing 200 of my ceramic plant markers with his mothers name engraved! Sadly it was far too short notice for me to get a batch of 200 plant markers made in time by myself, especially for each one to be individually engraved, but it still feels so exciting being approached by someone so famous!! Luckily a company was found who could mass produce the markers in enough time. I wonder how they came across my plant markers… perhaps in one of the magazines they have been featured in such as House Beautiful!?
If you are a regular reader of my facebook page, you might remember me mentioning an exciting opportunity last year where my website was going to appear in a book. I am now pleased to announce that imagery from my website is going to be printed in a new book – ‘The Workshop Guide to Ceramics‘ by Quarto Publishing, which is out in March! Can’t wait to receive my complimentary copy
While on the subject of exciting news… my new kiln is going to be delivered in March! It will be fantastic to finally have a more reliable and much bigger kiln. New work is already in progress in the workshop ready to fill it up!
What a fantastic weekend! My trip to Germany was a nice little break and I really enjoyed visiting a few of the different Christmas markets, they looked and smelt amazing, especially all lit up in the evening. I also hadn’t laughed and danced so much in ages, so all in all definitely a fun-filled trip!
After returning home from a trip to the seaside in Bournemouth with some friends this weekend, I’m feeling very bright and refreshed! We enjoyed a day of shopping, eating yummy food, drinking cocktails and had a fun night out. It feels strange to think that earlier this morning we were on the beach, I’m missing the sea air already!
Thank you to everyone who has placed orders over the weekend, I will send the in-stock items out tomorrow and also make a start on custom orders. Hope you had a good weekend too!