The Sculpture Park, Farnham

On the second day of my birthday mini break, we paid a visit to The Sculpture Park in Farnham. We are always looking out for new sculpture gardens to visit, after discovering Broomhill four years ago.  It was well worth the wait, the site itself was stunning and the sculptures were so varied. Everywhere you looked you saw something new and it was fantastic to see such variety, in both medium and subject matter. The website says you need at least two hours to walk the trails, we were there for five hours and could have happily stayed even longer! I would really recommend a visit to this beautiful, ever changing, outdoor art gallery.

The Sculpture Gardens, Farnham

Matt photographing a beautiful slate sculpture by James Parker.

The Sculpture Gardens, Farnham

My favourite sculpture, by Martin Fildes.

The Sculpture Park, Farnham

The Sculpture Gardens, Farnham

This pack of wolves by Sally Matthews was stunning.

The Sculpture Gardens, Farnham

I loved the reflections in the water cast by this stainless steel sculpture, ‘Allium’ by Ruth Moilliet.

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Tea tip : Giant knitting!

This tea tip (learn something new and useful in the time it takes to make and drink your cup of tea!) will show you how to complete a giant knitting project without getting into a giant tangle!

Giant Knitting

Giant knitting needles mean that you can work with multiple balls of wool to make something super chunky but this can also be tricky. I tried lots of different ways to stop the yarns tangling and I’ve now worked out a way of knitting with nine balls of wool at once!

Tea tip : Giant Knitting

Simply pop each ball of wool into its own bag! I tried all sorts of bags but found these see through bags with a seal top the easiest. That way you can easily see when a ball is about to run out and you can keep the top mostly closed so your ball doesn’t pop out. Then pull each strand of yarn one at a time and peg them together. This holds all the strands in one place and makes it very easy to complete your giant knitting project with a minimum amount of tangles!

Tea tip : Giant Knitting

Happy knitting!

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Kew Gardens

For years I have wanted to visit Kew Gardens, so when we decided to go away for a couple of days for my birthday, this was top of my list. Even though it rained and sometimes poured, we had a wonderful day! We spent time in the humid Victoria Palm House, marvelling at the exotic plants and the stunning building they are housed in. We found the the Bonsai House which is tucked behind the School of Horticulture and shows the ten seasonal best trees, some of which were over a hundred years old. By far my favourite was the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which houses Kew’s collection of cacti. I was astounded not only by the quantity of plants but also the variety. I’m already looking forward to another visit!

Kew Gardens, London

Kew Gardens, London

Kew Gardens, London

Kew Gardens, London

Kew Gardens, London

Kew Gardens, London

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Hawksfield Cultural Centre

When we were on our way to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens we spotted an interesting looking place on the wonderfully named Atlantic Highway. We had an hours drive ahead of us so kept going but decided to pop back one day later on in the week. When we got home we looked it up online and discovered that it was called Hawksfield Cornwall. They have a contemporary art gallery with resident artist John O’Carroll, an interiors shop called Jo + Co Home, a vintage emporium called The Goose Shed, Wadebridge Flowers who also sell succulents and lovely pots to grow them in and The Arc which sells artisan food and drink. To complete a perfect set of independent shops, you will find Strong Adolfos Cafe at the end, perched up above the road. They have great coffee, tasty food and amazing views!

Hawksfield Cultural Centre

Hawksfield Cultural Centre

Hawksfield Cultural Centre

 

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Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Even when its raining, we love being outside and exploring somewhere new! When we went to Cornwall on holiday a few weeks ago, it rained on a few of the days, but we still made the trip to visit Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. It was well worth the hour drive!  The gardens are set in a beautiful valley, the trail takes you along wooden walkways through woodland and then out onto a grassy hill.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Every sculpture garden we visit is unique and Tremenheere has the largest permanent installations we have seen. There are several viewing platforms so you can enjoy the amazing views and even a camera obscure where you can view the landscape and skyline in complete darkness.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

I was thrilled to find a nursery there too, where I found a succulent that had been on my wish list for ages! The little shop also had a great selection of cacti and unusual pots. I also bought two shallow terracotta pots which had been hand thrown in Cornwall for some new succulent arrangements.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

The cafe was also fantastic and we enjoyed a very tasty lunch there. It was pretty busy so booking a table is advisable. Another lovely sculpture gardens to add to our list!

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

 

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My tumbling blocks go on holiday!

Next week I am going on a family holiday and I can’t wait! I have a few projects packed, including my tumbling blocks hand stitched patchwork. It has grown loads since my last post and I now have enough to make it into a cushion cover. This way I will get to see and use it everyday! I need to make one more block and a few more diamonds to fill in the holes to make it a square and then I can pick a lovely fabric to go on the back.

Tumbling blocks patchwork

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My Friday visit to The Maker’s Merchant

On Friday I went to The Maker’s Merchant to add some new things to my shelf, including some elephants and also some miniature felt bunting. I enjoyed a very tasty lunch in Magpie’s Tea Room and spent a while wandering around the shop. There are so many lovely things to look at and there is always something new to spot!

The Maker's Merchant

The shelves are looking full and lovely, so much talent in this corner!

The Maker's Merchant

Look at these spiky little fellows!

The Maker's Merchant

The Maker's Merchant

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Rum’s Eg, Romsey

Next time you visit Romsey, be sure to put a visit to Rum’s Eg at the top of your list of places to visit. This beautiful gallery is stocked full with a great variety of artwork, from ceramics to printmaking, jewellery to woodwork. They also have a cafe upstairs where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of freshly baked quiche. The cheese scones must be sampled!

Rum's Eg, Romsey

I fell in love with an icy blue etching by printmaker Sally Winter.

Rum's Eg, Romsey Rum's Eg, Romsey

They had a really varied selection of ceramics, including this lovely striped range!

Rum's Eg, Romsey Rum's Eg, Romsey

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A happy hat

If you love making and creating I’m sure that you are just like me and always have this huge list of things that you want to make and more often than not, there aren’t many items on that list that will be kept for you. So I decided to make time ever to knit myself a hat that I’ve wanted to make for ages, a happy hat! I found the pattern, by Anna Wilkinson, in the January 2013 edition of Mollie Makes, tore out the page and have wanted to make it ever since. It’s chunky wool on 10 mm needles so it’s knitting up nice and quickly and will soon be keeping my ears warm!

A happy knitted hat

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My scrappy blanket, more scraps knitted in!

After moving house and unpacking lots of boxes I’ve become reacquainted with some projects I’ve been working on for a while. One of those is my scrappy blanket! I stopped knitting because I had run out of wool and I wanted this blanket to be made entirely with the scraps of other projects. I also managed to find some more scraps whilst unpacking and organising so I can add a few more rows now!

Scrappy blanket

Scrappy blanket

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