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A Weekend In Fabulous Colour

Vases Of Cottage Flower Colour, Rocking Dog

Vases Of Cottage Flower Colour

The weekend bought with it blue skies and other fabulous colours. On Friday I bought lovely cottage garden plants from a street stall at a local town. These leafy purchases are currently residing in that rather infamous cast iron roll top bath. Six months on it is still waiting for a gang of burly youths to move it, ready for my vegetable garden planting.

On Saturday after a day of mainly domestic dross, we headed into deepest darkest Wiltshire to eat with the newlyweds. Whilst on honeymoon in Bali they took the opportunity to have a Balinese cooking lesson. Recreated for us the food was yummy, we especially loved the green beans with spiced coconut. Thank you A & K.

Sunday morning, Andyman and I headed for Frome, a 45 minute drive from the kennel. The first Sunday of the month Frome plays host to an amazing market. Flea, food, craft, plants and a plethora of other goodies, this small Somerset town throbs with people, noise, dogs and bunting. Many of Frome’s shops open their doors, whilst a number of enterprising householders also sell their wares on their oh so familiar doorsteps.

We bought a couple of old pitchforks to continue the embellishment of our fence, and a trio of rather sweet old hand painted decanters. After a coffee I sniffed out a fabulous material shop James Gaunt in Church Street. Many of his fabrics including silks were £5 per metre. Some citrus yellow striped silk proved irresistible! Material Mountain- just…..well…keeps on mounting!

Bramble & Wild offered a beautiful array of garden flower posies and Elizabeth Lee Interiors showcased her shop with a wonderful ad hoc display of vintage galvanised metal buckets and watering cans.

Frome really is the perfect place for a spot of shopping for gifts. I certainly know where i’ll be doing my Christmas shopping this year. Absolutely utterly not Michael!

Out on the streets The British Blanket Company had a wonderful stall with the softest and most colourful snugglies. However, being fiendishly warm it was rather difficult to think of cold chilblained nights when a blanket will be an absolute necessity. Plant stalls, artisan food, street food …it was all rather lovely.

A pop up beach was proving very popular with  children who were making the most of building sandcastles, whilst parents enjoyed sinking into  striped deckchairs.

I definitely recommend a visit to this 1st Sunday Frome extravaganza. Make use of the Park & Ride and definitely aim to arrive early. Yesterday it all got rather uncomfortably busy, so it was “Home James and don’t spare the horses!”

The weekend finished with eating food at the “Souk Kitchen”in Southville. It was lovely to catch up with friends who’d made the brave move to live in France. As ever we ate beautiful and colourful food. Plates of octopus, calves liver, salmon, Halloumi etc.. all with Middle Eastern twiddling were stunning. The panna cotta was also so very lovely and glorious to look at. Food and banter at the Souk was the perfect end to a very colour infused weekend.

Wishing you a very happy and productive start to the week, one hopefully with lots of colour!

Safe travels Huw and Selina.xx

Bathfull of Colour, Rocking Dog

Bathfull of Colour

Blue Skies In Frome, Rocking Dog

Blue Skies In Frome

Deckchair Stripes, Rocking Dog

Deckchair Stripes

Rainbow Blankets, Rocking Dog

Rainbow Blankets

Mary, Mary...., Rocking Dog

Mary, Mary….

Green Door, Rocking Dog

Green Door

Monochrome, Rocking Dog


Citrus Silk, Rocking Dog

Citrus Silk

Souk Colour, Rocking Dog

Souk Colour

Bit Of A Vintage Week!

Luminous Mary's Praying For A Good Home, Rocking Dog

Luminous Mary’s Praying For A Good Home

Yesterday the hot weather bought with it a trip to the Frome Independent Market. Run on the first Sunday of the month from March through to December- it is FAB”! The streets were thronging with an assortment of amazing stalls selling delicious artisan foods, plants, crafts, vintage loveliness, handmade clothes etc.. etc…

A particular favourite with me was “The Bakemonger”, selling cakes that were worthy of their own art exhibition! Unfortunately my photo’s of anything Frome are few and far between- life was chaotically busy in its quirky hilly streets.

I enjoyed catching up with Michele of Cowboys and Custard again and bought some of her delightful little “lucky bags”. Filled with vintage twiddly bits I look forward to embellishing cards, parcels etc… with this batch of frou! Andyman and I also bought some old garden tools which we are going to use to decorate our new fence. It all looks rather too pristine at the present time, and as this area is eventually going to be a productive kitchen garden (!) we felt the tools appropriate in providing a sweet backdrop.

Apart from the wonderful stalls, the shops in Frome are worth visiting. I loved a shop called “Seed” selling beautiful jewellery, pottery, scarves etc…Whilst at the top end of the town there was a shop called “Life of Riley” with a cornucopia of eccentric junk.. loved the enamel bucket lamp shade! Meanwhile next door there was a TRULY fabulous vintage clothing emporium “Donna May Vintage”… yummy!

I’d have loved more time to browse, drink coffee, listen to the live music and to continue enjoying the buzz of this delightful market town. Oh well here’s to September!

Earlier in the week I visited Bradford on Avon, not a million miles away from Frome and there chanced on a lovely vintage clothes shop called Frank and Elsie.
I was hoping to finally get to Mr Salvat’s for coffee, but alas he was at market according to his sign! I love the rather Dickensian appearance of Mr Salvat’s door and hanging sign. I will need to come back on another occasion to acquaint myself with Mr Salvat and to sample his wares! Mr Salvat does appear to prefer his quill pen to the web- so no snazzy pictures of his breeches, garden or edible offerings.

Two very pretty towns both with historic links to the wool and weaving trade and both thriving with proudly independent shops and markets. Hallelujah!

Plastered!, Rocking Dog


Life Of Riley, Rocking Dog

Life Of Riley

C&C Lucky Bags, Rocking Dog

C&C Lucky Bags

Vintage Twiddly Bits!, Rocking Dog

Vintage Twiddly Bits!

Frank & Elsie, Rocking Dog

Frank & Elsie

Pom Pom Hat, Rocking Dog

Pom Pom Hat

Drat! It's Wednesday!, Rocking Dog

Drat! It’s Wednesday!

Dickensian Coffee, Rocking Dog

Dickensian Coffee

Good Knocker, Rocking Dog

Good Knocker