My final days in England were fascinating, and sadly coming to an end. First up, a small villages' loss of it's shepard (really?!) but it was a celebration of sorts as there was an auction in the village's town hall with his life's holdings.
My pals Mo and Fleur suggested we go, it will be fun, he was a collector, said in chorus
WHY, as we strolled past thatched cottages, ancient stone walls and misty fields did I envision this guy, again, emerging from the fields with the others?
I walked away with these, horse brass, love using them as drapery tie backs, ala Ralph Lauren. Every time I go to England I am on the hunt
2. a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock-Gothic ruin built in a large garden or park.
This space is for reading, playing bridge and sharing cocktails with girlfriends...sign me up!
The rest of the property was equally enchanting, those white specks on the hill are their horses, in another field, below, are their rare breed sheep.
Actual olive jars from the ROMAN period.......inherited from her Mother, there were four, near the entrance of their home, she ran over three and decided to move the remaining into the garden
If you get the magazine English Garden, she was featured in the September issue. Join us for tea in this garden next year. With this discovery came another, nearby; the country home of the producer of CATS. And yes, there is a very good chance we can visit his renown garden....connections work every time.
Gardens, mostly private, some public, including Prince Charles Highgrove.
Antiquing, in quaint villages and at a large fair, and stocked warehouse
Floral Arranging course with lunch in a 15th c. barn
A visit to the Textile Barn, current British textiles at low cost. Tea & tour of grounds
High tea in a friends thatched cottage, with a fairy-tale cottage garden
***7 nights in Sherborne, a market town in the rural countryside
***Two nights in the ever popular Cotswolds town of Burford
For further details drop me a line, spaces fill very quickly! These tours are small, myself and Sylvia are the drivers
And........we are adding a new tour
London and the Decorative Arts, an interior tour.
London is the design center of Europe, we will explore the soon to open Kensington Design Center, Battersea Textile and Antique fair, a workshop with Abagail Ahern & much much more
October 2 through October 9th. Further details to follow.
On their way, from my friend Lisa. She sources the vintage French medallions and Monks prayer beads in France. My shop is a lucky recipient.
All my best,