The rain is pitter-pattering against the window as I type; it’s hard to believe that we had such a glorious weekend, but we totally did!
We spent Saturday pottering around the Harbourside in town, sort-of following the Shaun the Sheep trail and basking in the sunshine. I’m a bit like Goldilocks when it comes to the sun, it can’t be too hot or too cold, it has to be just right.
Bristol was super-busy this weekend, with Pride, Grillstock–it smelled so good–sheep hunters galore, and a regatta. It was manic, frankly, but the city was so happy and buzzing that no one seemed to care.
We watched the Pride parade from Dave’s office window which gave us a great view of all the goings on. So much colour, music, and happiness. It was lovely to see Avon & Somerset police out, waving rainbow flags and sporting very natty rainbow epaulettes on their uniforms. And no Pride parade would be complete without some very sassy drag queens and stilt walkers! So much sparkle!
|Beach Boy, BAA-WULF, Green Poems for a Blue Planet, Life Aquatic|
After the parade left Queen Square, we set off on our sheep hunt. I highly advise picking up a paper map from the tourist information office, the Aardman shop at The Mall (and I’m sure there are other locations, too) as the Shaun in the City app is a bit flaky when it comes to route planning. Luckily we had Dave, who seems to be part carrier pigeon and never steers us wrong!
|Love this water fountain in Millenium Square!|
|Air Fleece, Dolly, King Arthur of Lambelot and Excalibaaar, On the Waterfront|
Some beauts on this section of our walk. King Arthur was fantastic! I wonder if it was the same artist who did Sir Gromit of Bristol? We’re still trying to estimate how many glass drops are covering Dolly!
|Catch of the Day, the new figurehead for Bristol Ferries|
We were lucky to spot Catch of the Day, the new figurehead for Bristol Ferries replacing their mini-Gromit. I love his/her mermaid design, complete with seaweed lovingly twined around the ankles. (Do sheep have ankles?)
|Jarsberry Ram, Sgt. Shepherd, Lotus, Baaarbersheep|
The Pump House sported another berry-licious sheep. This time, raspberry flavoured with Jarsberry Ram. (I hope they bring out a tea towel for him to go along with my Gromberry one!) We cooled down inside with a drink–it’s lovely and cool inside on a hot day, perks of the proper stone walls, I guess–before crossing the river and weaving our way through teams of rowers to find Sgt. Shepherd.
Further downstream we found Lotus outside Aardman’s headquarters which was absolutely gorgeous, with lots of hidden details. I was especially fond of the tai chi poses on each leg. Peek through the windows and admire their giant Shaun which almost fills the lobby!
Baarbersheep behind the M Shed had it’s own farmyard enclosure, complete with haybales (hayfever sufferers beware) and had some gorgeous hand-lettering done by Gav Strange.
|It’s not a walk round Bristol without a Banksy! Girl with a Pearl Earring|
|The Pirate Captain, Shaun Beam, King of the Carnival, Justice Lamb|
Here are our last few Shauns of the day. The Pirate Captain was just awesome. I loved that film! I’m really not so sure about Shaun Beam. We originally thought that it was something to do with Shaun Bean, but apparently it’s inspired by a sculpture in Chicago known as ‘the Bean’. I’m still not sure if I like it… Justice Lamb was great, though!
And lastly, my favourite photo from the day. I’ve actually splashed out and ordered it on canvas for the living room wall, that’s how much I love it. And him, too, obvs. Can’t believe he’s nearly nine…
|Lucas at the Harbourside|