Last Wednesday Lucas and I spent the morning chasing around Chipping Sodbury, trying to capture twenty-five escaped sheep. We're awesome like that.
Actually, we were taking part in a fun trail around the town to find the fluffy sheep who had escaped from their field and were hiding out in shop windows. Not only was this a fantastic low-cost way to spend a morning, but it also introduced me to lots of new shops that I'd never been into before. Exactly what the local Chamber of Commerce wanted I suspect!
|Celebrating National Afternoon Tea Week, perhaps?|
As per usual I had to stop in at Hobbs House, even if only to look longingly at their cakes and meringues. Damn you fast days!! I love their butcher's bike so much! It's a great (and unusual advertising) method; so much better than a sandwich board.
I admired the Bake Off themed window in Swagger--I really want the tray they had in the window with enamel pictures of British cakes and biscuits on it--for ages until Lucas dragged me along to Purple Parrot who specialise in miniatures for dolls houses and had some impossibly tiny toys in the window.
Along the way I found myself noticing little details, like the house with the magenta-painted windowsills and door with an original boot scraper outside, some beautiful carvings, and all manner of gorgeous doors. Apparently I have a thing for a nice knocker--who knew?
The details on the police station are amazing. I love the beautifully carved Public Entrance sign--that must have been a talented stone mason--and the old olice lamp had me snapping photos like a crazy person! Surprisingly the police station is still in use and hasn't been turned into a dreadful themed pub, a fate that too many of our gorgeous old buildings face.
As we were leaving, we spotted a lonely sheep chained to a bench. The label around her neck said that she was looking for a husband. Apparently she'd be no trouble, all she'd need would be a bit of dusting now and then and a few loving words. If you fancy a low-maintenance wife, she's waiting for you outside the Penny Farthing gift shop on the High Street!