Category: On Tour

Easter Shopping

Mason Ball Jar

What else can you do on a long bank holiday weekend but shop? I wanted to go to Witney as I’ve never been there before, it’s local and I’ve heard lots of good things about it.

Aston Pottery Teapot

On the way we stopped off at Aston Pottery. I follow them on Twitter & I love pottery so we headed there. They have plenty of pottery for you to choose from, as well as other little gifts. We didn’t venture to the cafe this time as we’d not long had brunch but I will be going back soon to try out their tea!

We then headed to Witney & after a mooch about the high street, we found the knitting shop. Unfortunately it was closed but next to it was The Old Pill Factory & they weren’t closed! I think I’ve found my new favourite shop! I really like antique/vintage shops and this one didn’t disappoint. I could have spent all day here. They had loads of vintage bits & pieces for your home and tons of vintage fabrics. I couldn’t leave without a Mason jar & some lovely vintage green buttons. I’d never seen one of the blue Mason jars before, except on Pinterest! I’m so chuffed to have my own. It’s currently on my windowsill until I can find a better home for it.

Mason Ball Jar

It was the perfect start to the weekend. The only downside was my lunch at Hacketts. It was a very bland and tasteless mushroom risotto. None of my party was overwhelmed by theirs either. Easter Sunday lunch at The Flowing Well more than made up for this, however, as it was amazing!

How did you spend your long weekend? Hope you dodged the rain and ate plenty of chocolate! x

Crafty Nana

Nana Oil Painting

As you may have seen from my previous post, I was lucky enough to go to Cirencester last weekend. While walking around, we stumbled onto a fabulous shop called Sorted. It has a wonderful mix of new & vintage; clothes & furniture; art & jewellery. Just my kind of place! There were certainly plenty of things to spend your money on, not many of them cheap as they really are vintage pieces. They range from Victorian to 1960’s but all have clearly been chosen because they will sell well. And at least two of them sold well to me! 

Nana BroochMy paternal Nana died last year & left me a small sum of money. I wanted to buy something specific that would remind me of her & that she would approve of. I spotted the flower brooch first. I think that this would definitely have been something that Nana would’ve worn ‘for best’. I knew I couldn’t leave it in the shop because I got ‘the feeling’. This is the feeling that I get when I’m going to buy something that I hadn’t planned for! It was very reasonable at £50 and not something that you buy everyday. 

Nana Oil PaintingThe second thing that caught my eye was this beautiful floral  oil painting. I’ve never painted with oils, but Nana & Grandad always had very colourful oil paintings in their house. I used to touch them as a child because I was intrigued by the lumps! This was a bit more at £130 and really is vintage. It adds some brightness to my study & makes me smile whenever I look at it.

My purchases definitely reflect the style that my Nana had & I’m very grateful to Sorted as I’ve been looking for something for a while.

An interview with the owners of Sorted can be seen in the February edition of Homes & Antiques magazine.