Thursday, 6 September 2012

Practical as well as beautiful

Sauntering through some of our favourite haunts along the North Norfolk coast last week we revisited the lovely Vintage Home & Garden. Housed in a little 1950s farm building at Drove Orchards, a family run fruit farm, it's a beautifully curated trove of lovely things.

One of the first things we honed in on was Vintage Flowers by Vic Brotherson with photographs by our talented friend Catherine Gratwicke. (Last time we were there we bought the visually rich Etcetera by Sibella Court.)

The shop is arranged in vignettes, subtle colours and groups of product creating delectable stories and tempting fantasies.

The simplicity of the palette and the pre-loved feel of much of the stock adds a magical calm to the atmosphere of the mid-century hut.

Right next door is the farm produce stall - a riot of lusciousness, vibrancy and sensuous deliciousness.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

A grand day out

Saturday dawned beautifully sunny and saw Team Starch Green heading West along the A40. A sharp right turn a few miles before Cheltenham brought us straight to Whittington - home of the Press and the village Summer Show.
After parking in an excellently tussocky field we headed for the dog show - a charming display of friendly canines.
Next to tea and cake at the Village Hall, the sound of the brass band and spirited Morris dancers.
Back along the lane to Whittington Manor where the Press is housed in the old gardener's cottage. The garden is crammed with stalls of letterpress delights, paper and a marbling demonstration. Inside the presses are demonstrating various different letterpress techniques.
Exhibitors include the lovely Typoretum, the Old School Press, John Purcell Paper, Christopher Rowlett Bookbinder and Paper Marbler and Tilley Printing from Ledbury to name just a few.
The whole place is buzzing with a typographic fervour and inky pleasure shared by a few old crusties and some fresh new printophiles keeping the love of print going.
After returning for another cup of tea in the Village Hall we headed back to the car park via the marquees - produce included wine dark chillies, over-large marrows and stringy beans. The second tent had a range of baked goods but also the children's competitions, my favourite 'a filled matchbox with contents listed.'
 Driving back eastwards we both felt rejuvenated by what was definitely a grand day out.