Saturday, 2 April 2016

Last weekend

Our Easter weekend away came and went in a flurry of fun and laughter.
Seven adults plus Tiny Girlie in the city of Bristol.
We had good company, good food ....and despite the dire forecast some good weather.

There was a trip to Windmill Hill city farm to see lambs, chickens, ducks, rabbits and pigs. All lovely. Though it has to be said, that although the adults loved the animals and particularly the lambs, Tiny Girlie was just as enthralled by the puddles!




In the afternoon we visited Tyntesfield, a beautiful house and estate just a mile or so from Bristol city centre.
Until 2002, when it was acquired by the National Trust, the house was owned by the Gibbs family who made a huge fortune trading in Guano. That's bird poo to you and me and just proves the saying 'Where there's muck there's brass'!




I particularly loved the walled kitchen garden and greenhouses. There was not a weed to be seen in the kitchen garden; just neatly labelled rows of seeds and the odd shoot poking through. In a few weeks time, it will be a real picture.


Tyntesfield is also home to the Somerset Bodgers, my brother in law being one of them.


Bodging is a traditional craft using green (unseasoned) wood to turn items such as chair legs.
Tiny Girlie has a beautiful pint sized Windsor chair made especially for her by our brother in law, her great uncle.


We also managed to squeeze in a trip to the beautiful city of Bath to see the Grayson Perry exhibition The Vanity of Small Differences at the Victoria Art gallery and to enjoy Bath's beautiful architecture.


We are back home now and on a trip down to the allotment signs of spring were everywhere.


 'Tis a lovely time of year!

Happy weekend.




annjenny x



8 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great trip, what a craftsman to be able to turn wood. Spring is definitely all around us now, we just need a little heat.

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    1. Yes, the little chair is a work of art.

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  2. A brilliant trip I think, you picked some lovely places to go to. We visited Tyntesfield a couple of Easters ago and really enjoyed it. Woodturning is wonderful isn't it, I shall look out for the bodgers if I'm there again. Glad you all had such a good time. CJ xx

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    1. The bodging workshop is in the courtyard at Tyntesfield so it is free to visit. I think your boys would love to see the equipment/tools etc. x

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  3. Your Easter weekend sounds perfect! What a lovely place Tyntesfield is. Have to remember it for when I next visit Bath and the surrounding countryside.

    Have a lovely week!

    Madelief x

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  4. That looks a fantastic house and walled garden. I will have to remember it if we any any spare time when visiting my son who lives in Bristol. Sarah x

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    1. Hello Sarah. Nice to meet you and thank you for your comment :) x

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