Misty Morning

What a beautiful morning!…

Misty morning on the River Avon at Bradford on Avon

Mist on the Avon

As part of my New Years fitness regime I have decided to have a morning walk along the Avon (at least until the river warms up a bit and I can get back in the canoe!).  This morning the sun was shining, the mist was just rising off the water and the river had dropped enough so that the colour of the water was less scummy!  Absolutely beautiful… we really are lucky to work in such a stunning area.

Why don’t you come and have a look for yourselves?!

Bird Spotting

Well… following my unsuccessful run of photos of birds here’s another one…


New Visitor

I believe this to be a Nuthatch, but I’m willing to be corrected if anyone out there knows better.  The little fella was tucking in this morning, making the most of the food before the squirrel arrives I guess!  Although there may be some news on that front… we have a resident fox that comes down of an evening and this morning Terry noticed some grey fur in the usual deposit that he leaves in the garden… maybe, just maybe, he had a little squirrel snack last night!  Secretly, I hope not otherwise how would I spend my days?!

Birthday Off

Normally, when we get a Monday (our day off) that has nice weather, we usually come into the gallery…. not yesterday though…. weather was great and Serena had a birthday!

The morning was spent at the beautiful Stourhead Gardens, a National Trust house and gardens down near Mere off the A303.  Absolutely stunning place…

Stourhead Gardens, The National Trust property

Stourhead Gardens

(guess who used his sweep app again!)  It really doesn’t do this lovely place justice I’m afraid, but we would definitely recommend it anyone.

The afternoon was over to Bath for a boat trip on the Avon.  Made a change from canoeing up it myself!  Very interesting commentary and plenty to see.

Bit of a touristy day really, but Serena did manage to get lots of photos, so watch this space for some good pictures!

Rare Visitor

Just thought we would share these images of a woodpecker that visited our cheery trees outside the gallery the other day.  He bashed away for a good couple of minutes as he wasn’t going to be bothered by any customers!!  Sorry the quality of image isn’t up to our usual standard, but it was me that took them and not Serena as she was working at the home studio…

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker on our Cherry Tree

Wash Out…

Well we were supposed to do the Bradford on Avon Street Market this weekend just gone but rain stopped play for us I am afraid.  We just can’t risk the weather getting to our stock of photos and pictures.  We’ve done shows where we’ve broken or damaged more than we’ve sold… a little counter productive!

Anyway, this weekend (Sunday 15th July) we’ve got the Summer Art Car Boot Sale at the Black Swan Arts Centre car park in Frome.  It’s a great day and we’ve done it for the last 5 years.  40 to 50 stalls of local artists, photographers, sculptors etc. exhibiting and hopefully selling their stuff.  Well worth a look if you are anywhere near Frome on Sunday – starts at 10am to 4pm.  Hope we see you there…. weather permitting!!

We really could do with some sun please, but I have to bear in mind that some friends of ours are a lot worse off than we are, living and working in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire.  They just clearing up their third flood in the last 2 weeks.  Good luck guys.

Simon cleaning up again.

Simon cleaning up again.