Monday, 31 August 2015

A Day Out around Much Wenlock - A visit to Shipton Hall, Shropshire

Moving on from visiting Buildwas Abbey and our tea and cake stop in Much Wenlock, we arrived at Shipton Hall just before the 2.30pm opening time. Shipton Hall is situated near Much Wenlock in Shropshire, it is an Elizabethan manor house, with a Georgian roccoco decor and beautiful Tudor panelling and timber work. 

Shipton Hall Much Wenlock Shropshire

Shipton Hall Much Wenlock Shropshire

Shipton Hall  Gardens Much Wenlock Shropshire
Front garden Shipton Hall with view of stables and Shropshire countryside
The hall is part of the Historic Houses Association, you do not need to be a member to visit the house, although entry is free for members. Shipton Hall is only open for a few hours on a Thursday, so it is worth combining it with a visit to the historic village of Much WenlockTours are normally conducted by the owner. 

Shipton Hall, Historic Houses Association

Along with the hall is a Saxon church, Georgian stables and old walled garden. The flower borders in the garden were looking particularly magnificent, and are the first thing to greet you as you walk to the entrance of the hall.

Shipton Hall Shropshire, Historic Houses Association
Dovecote with view to Shipton Hall
Shipton Hall Shropshire, Historic Houses Association
Who can resist stepping through an open door

Shipton Hall Much Wenlock
A view of the stables from Shipton Hall
It was a fascinating tour with lots of information about the owners that have lived in the hall. Along with their beautiful period furniture and original tudor panelling. Once the tour of the house is finished you are free to walk around the gardens and visit the Saxon church.

The house and gardens did remind me of a local National Trust property nearby Benthall Hall, which is very similar in period and style. 

More information about Shipton Hall can be found on the Historic Houses Association site.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Common Garden Pests and How to Manage Them Infographic

All gardeners will encounter damage to the plants and crops they grow from insects. But knowing how best to manage this in an organic way can be a challenge.  The infographic below will help you  to identify the garden pest and how best you can manage them, including some handy kitchen remedies. I have used the milk remedy for mildew with some success in the past, so they do work.

Do you know of any other kitchen remedies that work in the garden?


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Zinnia Sprite Cut Flowers - Garden Bouquet #2

Gosh how remiss of me, I have just realised I have neglected to share with you some of the garden flowers I have picked for display in the house this year. I have had some Sweet Peas and Sweet Williams in a vase or too, although the Sweet Peas have put on a poor display, so far. I have purposely grown some new variety of flowers for cutting this year. After a slow start the Zinnia Sprite are putting on quite a display and ready for cutting. I am still waiting to see something special from the Asters, which have not grown as I had hoped. 

Zinnia Sprite cut flowers Sarah Raven seeds

We have had some rather wet weather of late and I knew we were in for some pretty terrible downpours the next day. I thought I would rescue some of the Zinnias before the rain struck. I am so glad I did, what a storm we had in Shropshire yesterday evening - thunder and lightning! I will leave you to enjoy the Zinnias.

Zinnia Sprite cut flowers Sarah Raven
Zinnia Sprite Cut Flowers grown from Sarah Raven seeds

Zinnia Sprite cut flowers Sarah Raven seeds
Zinnia Sprite Flowers

Zinnia Sprite cut flowers
Zinnia Sprite Cut Flowers 
Have you grown any flowers this year? What are your favourite?

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Tea on the Square - Much Wenlock Tea Room

There are some lovely shops in Much Wenlock as well as the Wenlock Priory an English Heritage property to visit. Today however was not a day for shopping. My sister, aunt and I were calling in for a refreshment pit stop, between visits to Buildwas Abbey and Shipton Hall. Once in the village we spotted a new tea room called Tea on the Square. 

Tea on the Square Much Wenlock Shropshire
Tea on the Square  - Much Wenlock, Shropshire
What a delight! Such nice tea, cake and friendly staff. No rickety or modern tables and chairs here. But some wonderful solid wood furniture, which really suited the style of the tea room. There are no tea, scone or cake photos, I was far too busy enjoying them.

It is the attention to detail with the interiors that can make one tea room stand our from another, as well as the cakes of course! I loved the vintage tea tins on the shelves above the windows, along with teacups hanging on hooks underneath. It all fit together rather nicely. I also spotted what looked like the original entrance bell fitted to the door. There is a stunning hand painted wall mural of the buildings of Much Wenlock, with the roof tops highlighted with fairy lights. Absolutely fabulous!

Tea on the Square - Much Wenlock

Cups and Canisters at Tea on the Square
Cups and Canisters 
Ding - service please
Be aware at present the tea room is not open on a Sunday.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Sewing Giveaway to Celebrate Four Years of Blogging!

I am celebrating, it has been four years since I started blogging! I have no idea where those four years have gone, but I have enjoyed the journey immensely. 

I have shared with you my:-
  • bakes, cakes and recipes. 
  • travel adventures around the UK and Shropshire.
  • gardening successes and failures.
  • my favourite afternoon teas.
  • how I re-discovered my sewing machine and love of crafting
  • home and interiors make-overs and furniture upcycling

win a apron sewing kit great British sewing bee

So let us celebrate with a giveaway and my love for sewing. One lucky winner will win a Great British Sewing Bee Kit to make your very own Apron. Never sewn before? Well now is your chance or maybe you know someone who would love this as a gift. 

This giveaway is open internationally so wherever you are in the world I will send this lovely prize to you.

win a apron sewing kit great British sewing bee
Sew your own Apron 

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