It’s that ‘Thursday Thing’…

Magnolia

Why is it so easy to convince yourself that if there is something you really want to do then it’s far too much of an indulgence, that you  ought to do the vacuuming first.  And then the ironing, and the dusting, DUSTING? and cleaning the fridge…  I think it’s a woman thing. Thats why it became very important to reclaim one day a week to feed the inner artist.  To get out of the house and do something, see something, meet new people, to get fresh eyes and stir up a bit of creativity. 

This week’s Thursday expedition was to Blickling Hall, a wonderful Jacobean house in Norfolk owned by the National Trust.  The artistic input was going to be a textile exhibition but actually it rather paled into insignificance alongside memories of the St Lawrence Textile Centre.    However, there was a fantastic photo opportunity, the house itself, and we promised ourselves another visit to explore its interior.

 

Blickling Hall

 Blickling Front Lunch – Parsnip soup and far too hungry to think about a photo I’m afraid. Then a trip to the second hand book shop across the stable yard filled with beautiful plants begging to be bought and taken home to the garden. 

crocosmia

Back to the front of the house.  I love the way the tiny panes of glass are all set in a slightly different direction and fragment the reflections.Blickling Front

There could be a patchwork quilt in there I think.  Then, there was a door knocker…

Blickling Door Knocker

I love the rust and the silvery wood…and then the lichen…

Lovely Lichen

…and the ironwork.  I love…

drainpipe

…that soft pewter grey against the terracotta tones of the old worn brick. 

Headed for home via Aylsham where we discovered the Lisa Dawson Soft Furnishing Studio.  Full of gorgeous fabrics and trimmings and then we found out, joy of joys, she is about to expand into the premises next door and will soon have EVEN MORE gorgeous fabrics and trimmings!  Final treat was the antique shop a few doors away from Lisa.

Antique shop

Where I found a whole box of blue and white china which I didn’t take home..

Blue and white plates

…and a really pretty cup which I did.

cup exterior

I was really pleased that it matched my Jasper Conran Wedgwood plate so well, as well as having a surprisingly colourful interior!

cup interior

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