Stratford-upon-Avon (back for more)

Last July we made our first visit to Stratford-upon-Avon where we went to see Shakespeare’s birth place and other buildings related to his life in the town.

One of the places was closed during our last visit, and the ticket we had can be used for entry to the buildings again within 12 months, so we went back last weekend for another visit :)


Another thing we missed out on last time was a “Shakespeare duck” which had sold out……there were loooaaads in stock to choose from this time though ;>.>

We also had more time on this visit to walk around the town more, and there are loads of really nice buildings to see; with many of them still in public use as shops / cafes / restaurants, so there are good chances to have a look inside ;)


The place which was closed on our last visit was Shakespeare’s New Place; this was his family home from when he bought it in 1597 up until he died there in 1616.

The original house was demolished in 1759 so the site now contains gardens and an exhibition centre…….judging by the size of the grounds and the available imagery of the house it must have been an impressive place :)


Out in the gardens we also discovered what must be some kind of secret magic door in the brick wall :P


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Cotswold Hare Trail 2017 – Search For Hares

On Saturday we went for another drive around the Cotswolds to search for hares, following on from our previous hunt :P

Again they’re not the easiest things to find, but thankfully 4 out of 5 of these ones were pretty straightforward to locate :)

We started off by going back to Stow-on-the-Wold where we’d found the hare on our last visit, but couldn’t get in to see it because the library had closed for the day ^_^;


The next one was at Bourton-on-the-Water and was easy to spot just outside the entrance to the motor museum there :)


There’s a pretty cool hare to be found inside Burford Garden Centre; just down to the right once you go inside the main entrance.


This next one gave us some trouble; it was listed as being in Chipping Norton at Jaffe & Neale but when we got there they told us that this hare was jointly sponsored by several shops in the town……so if you go looking for it it could be at either: Gill & Co, The Cotswold Newsagents, Oats, Jaffe & Neale, The Crown and Cushion Hotel, or The Tea Set ;>.>


Lastly we went to Woodstock, we spotted the hare outside Flowers estate agents as we passed on the way to a car park, but they closed at 5pm and during the 5 minutes it took us to park and walk around the corner the hare had been moved inside, and the door was locked ^_^;

We’ll have to go back to Woodstock to get a proper look at it…..and in the meantime we’ve discovered that another 3 hares are to be found in the town too ;)


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Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

Last week saw the return of Clerkenwell Design week in the Clerkenwell area of London; the annual design exhibition / convention for corporate and commercial interiors :)

Y’ came along with me to assist in gathering new information on the latest and upcoming trends to take back to my office, and once again it was nice to spend time inside some really interesting spaces in Clerkenwell.

There were very interesting new things on display, and as always everyone in the showrooms there were really friendly and welcoming.

Now to incorporate some cool new stuff into my projects at work ^^


Clerkenwell in 2015 and 2016;

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