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A Bristolian Adventure

This is my lovely friend Catherine. She’s just moved back to jolly old Blighty after living for the past few years in the glorious German countryside. You may remember her from my Tyrolean travels back in March! DSCN1614She’s now moved to Bristol, so my friend Alex and I went for a visit to help her settle in. Catherine has moved into a lovely, first floor flat in an old Georgian townhouse – gorgeous sash windows and high ceilings! However, the flat doesn’t really have the personal touch yet, so Alex and I wanted to spend the weekend making the place look a little more Cat-like.

On the first morning there, over a breakfast of boiled eggs and soldiers, we discovered that Catherine had no egg cups! Therefore we had identified our first crafting project. Armed with a pack of air-dry clay (and a few bottles of wine), we spent a delightful evening watching Eurovision on the tv and making egg cups for the flat. May I just say, Finland were ROBBED!

Our friend Alex actually grew up about an hour from Bristol, in the county of Wiltshire. This seemed to us like the perfect reason to go for a girly, West Country road trip. Hurray! Wiltshire was fab – we visited the Avebury stone circles, saw some Wiltshire chalk horses (which I learned, all point in the direction of the next horse!), and of course, had cream teas. The weather was perfect and we had an awesome time.

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It really felt like Spring had finally, truly sprung that day. The sun was shining, and the English countryside was looking its best. It was lovely to escape the urban landscape for a short while and hear the birds singing, see the flowers blossoming and watch the animals grazing. At the stone circles, there were herds of sheep and lambs, gamboling about and looking super cute! On various brambles and bark, I found remnants of wool, so I collected a bag of it to make into a felt item at some point.

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We wanted a souvenir to remember our lovely day, and we wanted it to be something which Catherine could use to decorate her flat. So, we bought a little canvas and decided to each paint our favourite part of the day onto it. I painted the stones, with a jackdaw perched atop; Catherine painted the lovely Wiltshire chalk horse, and Alex painted the forget-me-nots and foliage. What a lovely way to remember a perfect English Summer’s day.


By carlymau

Hello! Well, I’m sure someone once said that we are what we repeatedly do, so… I guess I like making stuff, cooking, swimming, sleuthing and watching old black and white movies. I live near a lake. I like feeding the ducks. I work for a trade union and generally like anything that involves rooting for the underdog. Currently I am living in Doncaster and learning one new craft at a time.

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