Yesterday, I had a wonderful time at Heritage Open Days events in my local area. Firstly I went to Great Linford Arts centre where there was an exhibition of books made by artists, Anne Menary was one but there were many more and a fascinating exhibition it was. I met two felt-makers and bought a starter kit for needle-felting, looking forward to trying that out. Then there was a young lady selling leaded glass ornaments I bought a heart shaped piece in turquoise. After that, I happened upon a wood-turner and I just had to buy one of his pieces too¦Tea and cake was next on the list, a large cup of tea with a huge slice of carrot and walnut cake for just £2.00! That covered about two hours in total.
Then on to New Bradwell Windmill which I was unable to get to since there was nowhere near enough to park. Such a disappointment. I shall investigate further as it will be open again before the end of September.
The final destination was Bradwell Abbey where there was a pig roast (I had some and it was rather tough but flavourful and the crackling was amazing), an archery display using real heavy duty bows then joy of joys, birds of prey. I was able to touch the Barn Owl, such beautiful feather markings, and to get very close to the hawks and falcons. By this time I was exhausted and had to lie down but I did have such a wonderful day.
Heritage open days take place on the second weekend of every September and I urge everyone to take advantage of them next year.
I'll try that again!
I've just been on their web site. What a load of possibilities we missed in our area. We may not have been able to go but it would be nice to think that we might next year. I did not see anywhere to sign up for a mailing list to remind us.
You had a great day our, TA. I must say, I would love to have seen that windmill too.
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the heritage days stuff is going on through september in cardiff, with lots ofplaces that aren't usuallyopen to the public giving guided tours.
rather annoyingly Llandaff cathedral is only open on the 18th, which is the same day that my church and another in our benefice are taking part in open churches day, so people who are intrigued by old churches may well go there instead of taking a few minutes to check out our humbles 12th century building.it's very pretty there,
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That's spooky, TA, that you've bought a felting needle, after our posts recently about needle-felting!!
I love those sort of outings, but you possibly overdid it a bit, cramming so much into the day !
Very satisfying though, I imagine, if tiring.
We walked around usually non- accessable Hill Fort in the grounds of a local rather posh ( in a footballers' wives way) hotel. I'd seen the earthworks from the other side in the past, so it was excellent seeing it from the inside. Spectacular views across the Thames Valley as it is high on a bluff overlooking the river.
The hotel was rather naff- helicopters taking off and landing all the time- I'd be a bit cross if I'd paid mega bucks for a quiet weekend in the country in a Victorian mansion with constant helicopters outside my room- though it would make a change from hedgehogs.
There were fabulously huge toadstools growing in one area under some Birch trees, some of the largest I've ever seen. I do like a good toadstool.
Your church is lovely Rae.
I found out about the whole weekend by reading an artist's blog. I think she lives in the North of England. Our local website seems not to include things of an artistic nature. I have, however, a lovely list of arty names to contact. I feel very refreshed by being with artists again.
I'll try that again!
I love mixing with those who love their craft too, not those who get all pretentious about it but those who have sheer joy in what they are doing.
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