Thursday, June 10, 2010

Zippity Quick (A Roundup of News)

Hope you've been enjoying your week so far...
My in-laws arrived on Monday and we had lots of catching up to do.

On Tuesday they came over to Shepton Mallet to see my shop for the first time...Unfortunately just as the rain arrived too! It poured and poured, with the drains hardly able to cope with the sudden deluge. Eventually it passed over and hubby and his parents were then able to enjoy a walk around the town's park where there are lots of baby ducks on the pond at the moment.

Thankfully on Wednesday it was a lot drier, so we took them to Lacock, as they hadn't been before.

This is the house that sells beautiful plants and shrubs via the 'honesty system'. You can select from the outside display and post your payment through their front door letter box.
They're obviously great gardeners themselves, as can be seen with a quick peek over their garden gate...


I have posted about Lacock before, so won't make this a repeat of that, but it was lovely to see the pretty village again at a different time of year.

The Tea Shop.

(My previous post can be seen here)

We left Lacock just before lunch and headed off to nearby Corsham for a bite to eat in the The Flemish Weaver.
We then spent the rest of the afternoon in the grounds of Corsham Court - Which I have also written about on a past post, here, when we visited in early spring last year - In my view the best time to see the gardens, as the spring planting scheme is particularly beautiful.

Yes Mr Peacock...You are exceedingly dashing...



And so are yooooou!


My in-laws have now left for home. As usual it was lovely to have them to stay with us - We are all keen gardeners, and so I think they enjoyed their trips out...(as well as seeing their granddaughters! :)
To my surprise, the floral theme continued when I got to work this morning. I believe Shepton in Bloom had woven their magic and had hung baskets of summer bedding flowers all the way up the high street yesterday, including two petunia baskets on my shop's frontage. (Thank you!)

The Market Cross also received the green fingered brigade's handiwork...A few weeks of summer sunshine should have these looking even more gorgeous.
Other excitement on the Market Place are the silvery shrouds masking some of the old shop windows...These are the shops that the BBC will be working with over the summer for the new history based documentary programme to be shown in November...There seems to be a lot of activity going on inside, including carpentry and general power tool stuff! I even noticed an old clay oven being built in the bakery just up the high street...
Filming is scheduled to begin at the end of June, so I'll report back on anything that I find out over the next few weeks. ;-))
And finally...Blink and you might miss it...
Homes & Antiques Magazine -July 2010 issue, page 12. (I'd also like to add; postcode BA4 5AZ)
Niki x


  1. Hi Niki

    What a wonderful day out you all had yesterday. I have added Corsham Court and the pub on my list of places to visit. Your photos are so enticing!
    Laycock is such a pretty place. My parents loved it when we took them last year.
    Itsounds like your in-laws have had a lovely stay with you.

    Take care
    Isabelle x
    P.S: Alan says thank you for adding a link to his blog whilst we were away ;-)

  2. Geez Niki your photos are just too beautiful!
    Everything around here is drab compared to your lovely pics.
    I think the village ones do the trick for me as I am really fond of old historic towns and you seem to be surrounded by them everywhere. Lucky you!
    Tina xo

  3. Niki, these photos are so beautiful. I enjoyed the color and variety of plantings as well as the delightful peacock! What a lovely place to visit! ~ Angela

  4. How beautiful your part of England is in the summertime - I would have to pinch myself to know I wasn't dreaming if I ever get to see your beautiful country!

  5. Your in-laws must have had a lovely time.It all looks so beautiful in your part of the world.
    Don't those peacocks make a hell of a racket when they get going?!

    Bellaboo :0)

  6. Hi Niki, thanks for this fabulous English stroll. I love when you bring us along with you in those quaint places!
    P.S Great first shot- love the pops of red!

  7. As much as I adore France, ooh, I do miss that part of England especially in summer - thanks for the gorgeous photos - a little reminder of home! Carol x

  8. Anonymous7:30 pm

    Those magazines can treat us "little people" rather poorly sometimes cant they?

  9. Hi Niki

    I saw the H&A correction - mainly because I searched it out!!

    How lovely to have the hanging baskets provided for you! They're going to look lovely soon, aren't they.

    Glad you had a lovely week with your in-laws, but what a shame it rained when they visited your shop.

    Catch up soon!

    Sue xx

  10. Hello Niki! What a beautiful post, I'm glad the weather cleared up for your In-Laws to enjoy walking about your village and gardens. Wish I lived closer to the people selling plants ...I'd be over there regularly! Well...once we start the garden that is.. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Maura:)

  11. Pleased to see that all came right in the end!

    Michele x

  12. Beautiful photos. Love the red geraniums (I believe that's what they are) in your picturesque town.


Thank you for finding the time to visit me...
Niki xx