Wandering around the Welsh countryside (We’ve moved house!)

Hello!

Apologies for not posting for over a week, Max and I finally moved house on Monday! We’ve been so busy unpacking boxes and spending too much money in Ikea for the last six days, but everything is coming together so nicely now. (I hope to do a “house tour” blog post soon, so keep eyes peeled for that!)

This morning we went out for a walk near our new house, exploring the landscape, saying hello to the sheep, etc. I thought I’d take some photos and bring you guys along!

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Map and tea in hand, we wandered around, scampered up hills and got barked and ran at by the cutest spaniels ever.

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The views looking back were pretty incredible! (Yes, that’s a castle.)

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There were loads of interesting looking plants and flowers, definitely want to paint them!

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And I braved a walk through two sheep fields (turns out they tend to walk away from you).

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Then we reached a cow field and they’re a bit bigger and scarier, plus Max pointed out it was lunchtime (he’s on the ball, that one) so we headed back.

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And then we came home and had some lunch! I forgot to take pictures of that (-10 blogger points) but we had fried avocado, pepper vegan cheese and pesto wraps – do they have a name?

Hope you enjoyed having a look at those photos, like I said I promise lots more house-related posts really soon because we’re pretty much settled in now and it’s GREAT. Let me know if there’s anything specific you want me to talk about.

Laterz,

Amy x

Visiting the Art Chapel, Abergavenny

The other day I visited the Art Chapel in Abergavenny for the first time, after hearing so many good things. I’ve been to the associated Art Shop in the town many, many times but the owners recently opened up the Art Chapel as more of an events space with a cafe, keen on showcasing local, fresh  food produce as well as local artists and makers. (It also has the most beautiful stream running in front of it!)

We stopped for a bite to eat and I had the tastiest lentil and chard soup with sourdough (and apple juice – my favourite drink to have out). We sat in the garden area and it was so nice being surrounded by ALL the greenery.

They also had some plants for sale, I think Max and I will be returning once we’ve moved because, don’t know if I’ve told you yet, we’ll have a garden! 😉

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Inside, there were lots of books and art supplies for sale, as well as handmade ceramics, jewellery and artwork.

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I’d definitely recommend a visit if you’re in the area! And then go and visit the Art Shop on Cross St, it’s so old and narrow, with really wonky stairs going up to the gallery space – just such a lovely building!

As always, thanks for reading and let me know of any inspiring places you’ve been to recently!

Amy x

Visiting Blue Ginger Gallery, Malvern

The other day Max and I went to Blue-Ginger Gallery, near Malvern, Worcestershire, with his mum to prep some work they were both exhibiting.

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Above: the view from the car park.
Below: inside the gallery.

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There was quite a lot there that I wanted to take home with me, I think knowing that we’re moving soon has just made me so excited to get nice things to fill our new house with. Like these beautiful ceramic boats and submarines by Richard Goodwin-Jones

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And these stunning pieces by Hannah Willow (I especially love the cow in the middle!)

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But back to the task at hand! I was on tape-cutting and measuring duties while Max positioned and framed. I must say, the pieces turned out pretty nice!

His work (above) will be exhibited and available to purchase from next week at the gallery if you’ve fallen a bit in love with it like I often do.

All that tape cutting and measuring made me hungry so Karin, Max’s mum, kindly treated us to some tea and cake before we left. I had pear and ginger, it was amazing.

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I also wanted to quickly point out how cool this tiny dish is that Max’s creme fraiche came in…

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You can see more of Max’s work at:

www.max-low.com
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and Karin’s at:

www.celestineandthehare.com
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And I wanted to add this photo of Max because it makes me laugh…

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Thanks for reading!
Amy