Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Beyond My Four Walls...

A very big THANK YOU for all of your kind comments on my last post. I feel much better now(!) and will continue to add the goings-on at The Stone House (exciting or otherwise!), to my blog...
And just to show that I do occasionally leave the house ;-)) - I took this photograph in Bath city centre this morning. A new statue has appeared outside the Pump Rooms...It's by Sophie Ryder and is an installation on show until the end of the summer.

Sadly there are a few empty shops in Bath now; a reflection of the high rates and the financial crisis that has hit many of the smaller, more unique businesses, particularly in 'Shire's Yard'.

Rather than leaving the window display areas empty though, some have been used to advertise other shops and artisans of Bath. Clever mosaic cupcakes by one creative artist...

As well as the real thing from Country Cupcakes in Walcot Street.

Well, that's it for today - Sorry, not many photos, as I was on a mission with my daughter to buy new school shoes...
But I'll have some more Easter piccies to share with you soon as we wind down to a long bank holiday weekend...
Niki x


  1. Thanks for sharing. Sign of the times has hit here as well - lots of stores closed. I see cupcakes are popular there also. :)

  2. Hi Niki, I'm catching up on my fav blogs since I just got back from a short holiday. I always love checking in on your little corner over there! xo, suzy

  3. You really shouldn't tease a girl with those cupcakes....and during Lent?

    that's just cruel!! lol :)

  4. Niki... your blog is truly one of my very favorites. Even if you posted the same thing every week I don't think I would get tired of it! I love that you are an "at home" businesswoman/mum/wife... and I relate to you on so many levels!

    xo Heather

  5. Love those cupcakes!! And Bath always offers wonderful art to its visitors...
    So sad that many shops are closed:(

  6. I am always amazed that you can get out so many posts, and always interesting posts too with lots of images. It takes me ages to do the pics, putting words together and even when i do it the layout and format messes up LOL.

    Always a joy to catch up with you.

    best wishes Ginny x

  7. Hi Niki..shops empty in Bath that really is a shame and tells a tale...
    loving the cupcakes..
    .. as others have said always enjoy your posts whatever they are about.

  8. I just read your last post too. I just wanted you to know I would never get tired of your lovely posts, and I could never see too many photos of your awesome home and creations. So just keep on doing just what you are doing and I will just keep on coming to your wonderful and inspiring blog.
    Jean in Virginia

  9. Those are very pretty cupcakes! Salisbury too has quite a few empty shops, I can remember the last time it was like this too and can only bear in mind that things WILL get better.

    Mel xxx

  10. Ohmy I love those mosaic cup cakes! and is it me or is something new around here! luscious swags of pink roses?! Very clever and looks superb! t.x

  11. Those mosaic cupcakes are so cute..I just always love your posts. You have so many beautiful things. And your pictures are amazing...

  12. Hi Niki,
    so sorry I haven't been by to visit you but niece is graduating in June and my sister and I got her shod for Prom and now for her graduation party....I wish she could have stayed little!

    I adore the new look of your blog! The background is so beautiful. It's always such a pleasure to visit you. Hope you are doing well and I hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday!

    Deanna :D

  13. Oh wow the Pump Rooms in Bath - you and I have stood in the very same place, isn't that funny!
    The sculpture looks fascinating, and those cupcakes are fab. What a shame about shopes becoming empty there now, in such a beautiful area

  14. umm that would be "shops" not shopes, oops!

  15. oh I do love those mosaic cupcakes, how gorgeous. My daughter loves the bunny sculpture too (mind you she is obsessed with rabbits!)

  16. Hi Niki
    Yes it is a shame about the shops. Last time I went to Shires Yard, it lacked atmosphere and felt strangely quiet. It is a pity that so many businesses have gone under.
    A very nice display by Country cupcakes!
    A couple of weeks ago, I went to Castle Cary for the first time in 9months and was disappointed to see that 3 of my favourite shop had closed. Wells is the same too. I used to like the shop next to the post office but now it's replaced by a high Street type shop.
    Isabelle x

  17. I think we all like reading about each other's lives - I'm sure a lot of us are the same in that we spend a lot of time at home but sharing what we've made or a new vintage treasure or just a few photos keeps us all in touch. It's like having a street full of lovely neighbours where you can just pop in for a quick cup of tea & a chat at your fingertips!

  18. Anonymous8:08 pm

    Hi Niki, thank you for your kind comments about the website. I noted a very slight tinge of the "blues" from that comment and now that I have read your previous post, i see you may have indeed have had a bit of "down" day. I spend most of my time at home too. I usually love being at home but sometimes a break is needed and it is always nice to be home again after we have been out for awhile. I must say those cupcakes look wonderful. I spent the evening making cupcakes tonight with Georgia. They are not as pretty as your pic but they are yummy!

  19. Wonderful cupcakes, of both varieties! Thanks for sharing the fun of Bath. I've been having a great UK shopping fix in Edinburgh this week, but it's still good to hear about what's going on in England. I was very relieved to note that my favourite independent shops are still open up here (I blogged about one of them yesterday). I had approached each one with fear, but in fact they seem to be holding on. Have a great Easter weekend!

  20. Have a wonderful Easter weekend Niki.
    Your blog is never ever boring!

  21. I must have passed these cakes not long before you Niki.. and thought they looked delicious though some of them a bit hard on the teeth...
    Must go and seek out the Sophie Ryder hares.. I do love her work.

    Michele xx


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