Monday, 24 June 2013

Snippets of lovely places to stay and visit

We are often as those that follow my facebook know on our travels to various fairs in the South of England, one of my favourites is The Sussex Brocante at Wisborough Green.  The bonus of doing these fairs is that sometimes we get to stay at some lovely places so I thought I would share these places with you. We love to break our journey to Sussex and have found the most enchanting places we often break our journey at The Walled Kitchen Garden at Pythouse which is between the villages of Semley and Tisbury in Wiltshire, the only day it is closed is Tuesday and you can have coffee lunch and at weekends dinner we love to either stop for coffee or lunch and if the weather is kind to us a lovely stroll around the garden, it is a beautiful and unique place. Here are a few pics to give you a taster


We then stay at one of my favourite places and that is TheHorse Guards Inn  in the village of Tillington near Petworth in Sussex, it is such a lovely and relaxed place to stay, have a drink or eat.  Beautiful surroundings full of country flowers, old country furniture, open fires in the winter and a lovely garden where you can sit on deckchairs, relax in a hammock or on benches or bales of hay covered in sheepskin rugs, just a delightful place, there are 3 rooms, one of which is  small little cottage.
The Beautiful Garden
Children would love these little chicks
The pub is in  a pretty village, with gorgeous houses and very close to Petworth House and gardens where you can walk to from the pub.


On our way home we like to stop for a while and we found a traditional pub called the The Flowerpots Inn in a village called Cheriton near Alresford in Hampshire, nothing fancy here except a good old English pub, totally unspoilt no music or machines and a very good traditional pub food, but most of all this pub has its own brewery across the car park where they brew their own beer and if you like real ale then you will like this pub, locals were coming in for a pint and leaving with their plastic milk bottles full of beer to take home, and no credit or debit cards here only cash. It was a very welcome break on our long trip home.


I am afraid I did not take many photos of the lovely Sussex Brocante but as usual this was the most lovely fair full of gorgeous things, beautiful customers, stall holders and of course Lucy and her family who help her run this successful fair, the next one is on Thursday the 18th July and if you can this is a definite must if you love beautiful items for you and your home.
That's all for now hope will write more soon I promise


Monday, 4 March 2013

A little taste of Spring!!

I think today had a little touch of spring in the air and how nice was it to feel a little bit of warm sun.  Everytime the postman arrives he brings so many catalogues of new seasons clothes, gardening, and everything for your home.  But the one that I spend ages looking through and dreaming of how my garden should look is Sarah Raven’s catalogue, last year I grew her lovely wild flowers and it was a real success and I was able to take large bunches of flowers to my fairs last summer to brighten up my stall.  This year I am going to grow as many as possible and lets hope that we get the weather to see them in full bloom a lot quicker than we did last year.

Now on to other things, I always have an idea of the type of items I want  to sell on my stall, but get frustrated when I cant find them, I think it gets more difficult all the time, but tomorrow I am off to my favourite auction, one that is amongst the cowsheds and sells such a variety of things from tools to plants and then amongst the odd item there are little gems that I can pick up, things that have been laying around on farms never used that I can bring back to life I am only hoping I am going to find some tomorrow. This is what I dream of finding somehow I just can't see it happening



Last week I started doing my first fairs of the year, starting at my favourite one at Wisborough Green in Sussex, it was very busy and lovely to meet fellow blogger Charlotte from a Cottage in Totteridge, and really hope to see her again at Village Vintage in Plumpton. We stayed with friends and went home on Saturday via Devizes where I had a stall at the Vintage Bazaar at Devizes, lots of people, but unfortunately or fortunately I had sold quite a bit at Wisborough Green so my stall was a little depleted.  But here are a few photos of my stall

I have also been busy sewing this lovely bags from old french linen and lined with pretty vintage french fabrics.
 Now really looking forward to the Vintage Emporiumm at Cuckfield in Sussex this Friday should be fun, such lovely people it is a delight to sell in Sussex.
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