Friday, 20 August 2010

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm your boots on?

Today, I give you rural life at the turn of the 20th century.

Well..not me exactly..but this place does.

Acton Scott

And this is a must to visit!
You've no doubt seen it on tv?

As I walked around I was in 'teacher mode' somewhat!
Ah... the history and the creative work...there's so much to give a class of children such a wonderful day!

Not to mention adults.
I really wanted this old hut for my garden!
Oh for pockets big enough!

And all around there were reminders of how life once was....and still is as this is a working farm.

And joy of joys...the school house!

It's now a cafe..and obviously we did stop awhile!

What a beautiful setting for a school!
Built in 1866 at a cost of £600.
Closed in 1951.

Ah, now how lucky that our visit coincided
with the village scarecrow competition?


Wandering some more..

And then we came across the most stunning old fashioned cottage garden.

The farmyard and pig sty

It was the most wonderful visit and I highly recommend it if you have not yet been.

Well, after all that it was time for afternoon tea!
But where to go?
We were thirsty... and actually we knew exactly where we were going!

Come and have a cuppa with us....I'll take you to the nicest tea rooms !

Ready? My treat!


Thursday, 19 August 2010

Going Zani in Ludlow!

Sir John Betjeman believed Ludlow to be the most attractive town in England, and Alec Clifton Taylor reckoned Broad Street to be one of the finest streets in the land.

And who would argue with them?

What I do know is that when in Ludlow, start your visit with a relaxing cup of coffee in
de Greys! It sets you up very well for what's to follow!

There is a beauty in this lovely town and we always visit it and find something different, when we are in Shropshire.

Mix the market, the castle, the buildings and the history of the town and you really do get the ideal English town in which to wander around to your heart's content.

We took the train to Ludlow from Craven Arms... as we like to hop on a train, if we can!

And if I was to be absolutely honest, we were really visiting for this :

The last time we visited Zani Lady it was in different premises in Corve Street
But Zani's has moved and is now situated right near the castle.

Here's your info:

And in we go!

There's plenty to catch your eye in this lovely building.

And plenty that you might well want to take away!

There's a room with a distinctive 50s feel to it...

There is plenty of wacky clothing upon which to feast your eyes.

And I've left the best til last.... as the lovely Viv , of Hen's Teeth blog, has a unit here with all

her beautiful goods on display.

And it was Viv who met us, made us welcome and gave us such a lovely guided tour!

It was a real treat of a day !

I just hoped we had not worn ourselves out for what was in store the next day...!

Tune in soon for the next instalment and put on your comfy walking footwear as we are

tramping around as we go back in time!