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Saturday, 21 February 2009

My me day...

Now, i bet all of you girls are out enjoying this beautiful weather we're experiencing(if not why not?!). Yesterday was also gloriously sunny in this part of the country it was so nice to not have to be dressed in thermals for a trip to the shops, i wore my green wool primark double breasted swing jacket, with my big fuscia felt flower brooch, those colours makes me feel so cheery;and headed off.....As i stepped out of the porch, look who was waiting to greet me, my boys Charlie and Marv were out enjoying the sunshine too!.....






.....In a short while i arrived at the local village of stockbridge.



Isnt this the cutest little grocers you've ever seen?


Ive been there before but not spent much time properly looking in the shops-tending to just stick with this delightful tea room-Lillies, id reccomend their hot chocolate, and prawn sandwiches if you're hungry!


Please excuse the shots of cars in front of every photo, there isnt a car park here, you just pull up outside whichever shop you need-butchers bakers etc and its free to park.
Spent some time with these guys....



I love all the delightfully coloured houses.....



Now, you may have read a magazine article recently featuring the owner of this shop. Garden Inn. You must check out the website if you get a minute.

It may have been in the christmas edition of 25 beautiful homes, cant quite remember. Her home is a beautiful thatched cottage in Hampshire. The house was lovely; but the shop is even better! Packed with lots of lovely things for your garden, but also selling an array of brightly coloured bunting, hearts, floral things and general lovliness!

These little posies of flowers were so lovely, i would have loved to get some if id had more pennies!


This next shop was not within my budget(ie £70 jan constantine cushions and the like) but visually it was a treat. Crammed with all sorts of home goodies.

There was so much to see in this lovely store-there were loads of kids in there as they sell some lovely childrens toys and games, all quite traditional, but lots of unusual things for them too. There was also some emma bridgewater stuff, cards and gifts, jewellery and kitchen things. I thought this pottery was so cheery...... but mega expensive. I got a few sneaky goodies in here, i'll share those with you later in the year.



(so sorry my photography isnt better)

I bumped into this chap(who scares the kids to death), he's the mascot of the shop pictured below, Orvis. My dad buys all his fishing gear here, they also sell hunting gear and some other great country things.


Then i bumped into this chap! He's outside this little place that promotes alpaca wool.



Then theres this strange building, its kind of like a barge, placed right next to the river, but on land-really interesting. My step mum told me it used to be a petrol station, although its derelict now. There was talk that a certain Mr Ramsay was buying it for a million pounds to turn it into a restaurant.....



So, after my lovely stockbridge mooch(not particularly productive thrifting-wise as there wasnt a charity shop on sight!) i headed to Salisbury. All the regular shops were there LA, paperchase, Next etc. I didnt get much to be honest but i enjoyed my time alone...



These were my only goodies. I Laura Ashely i got two pieces of oilcloth for 50p each, bargain. I have a couple of recipe books to recover with it. Some white hot hocolate from whittards, half price(xmas stock), yummy. And this beautiful bunch of flowers from tesco-so pretty!(i also got a lovely card in paperchase for a special lady but cant show you)


I had to pop to tesco on my way back home, i got the most gorgeous pot of tet-a-tete reduced to £1,25, thats for the pot and the flowers! Its a lovely primrose yellow and ive put them next to some hyacinth bulbs i potted up in the new thrifted easter dish.



After pottering around for a while at home, unpacking shopping and catching up on a few blogs it was time to head to Em's for a lovely salmon dinner and trifle for pud! I couldnt go without taking her a few treats!..........

................we had a lovely evening, Thanks Hun!

7 comments:

Pixiedust said...

Hi Hun, Me and hubby went to Stockbridge today for a mooch, and I nearly fell over when I saw the price of that cushion too. Good job hubby was there to catch me, couldn't afford to break anything in that bloddy shop.

Liked the garden shop and loved the hyacinth and pussy willow plant pots outside. Have you ever been to cheselpeake mill in wickham. Its fab and theres a Lillies tea room there too. Its my favourite place. xxxx

sue15cat said...

What a lovely day you had, lovely pictures too.

Sue xx

Sal said...

Stockbridge is lovely...we've stopped there a few times on our way to Winchester.
Funnily enough, as we walked around Exeter today,Nich mentioned Salisbury and what a lovely place it is.
Glad your day was good ;-)

Blueberry Heart said...

looks like a good day was had! Love the flowers in the jug, a lovely touch of spring after all the snow!
BHx

Shabby Chick said...

Me again! I thought those pics looked familiar and then I saw it was Stockbridge! Really must go there soon for a wander, it's been ages. My brother's the gardener at one of the big houses there, I think they are all mega rich and can afford those types of cushions ;)

Mel xxx

dizzeelizzee said...

Hi, I often go for a wander round stockbridge, and I like the garden shop, I work in a lovely shop in Bishops Waltham called Hawthorns Interiors which sells vintage things amongst the new stuff, Pop in and say hi, theres lots of other nice shops there too x

Shirley said...

Very interesting pictures!! Orvis is really a best place for hunting gears.