The first venue coming from Shrivenham direction is Nutford Lodge where Pat Elmore has several workshops, an indoor display area, a one and a half acre garden with many of Pat's sculptures dotted around, a prolific vegetable garden and wonderful flower borders. The place is buzzing with life and energy, it's a wonderful place to visit. How does Pat accomplish so much?
Kimmy Thomson showed some of her framed prints in Pat's 'showroom', the two complemented each other well as you can see in the photo below:
www.patelmore.co.uk and www.kimmythomson.com
From Pat's workshops, we went to The Gables on King's Lane to see Kelty Peat's quirky 3D mannequins. We were made very welcome but were unable to meet Klety because he had a very bad cold. Here are some of his mannequins which are very sexy 'in person'.
From there, we went down the road to Priory Gate where Emma Ablitt does her stone carving, and Helen Pakeman shared the space.
And below photos of Emma's carvings:
This is a lovely piece in the shadows of the garden, but may not be Emma's.
Helen showed us her paintings and linocuts. The above photo does not do justice to the gorgeous 4 linocuts of Daisies, Poppies, Wisteria and Fuchsia above. Helen also showed us a sampler she works on using a magnifying glass.
To find out more:www.helenpakeman.co.uk
From there we went onto the 'main' road and turned left to visit Henleaze Farm where Sharon not only had a garden full of sculptures, but 5 different breeds of hens in large runs. And the most amazing view of the Uffington White Horse, not seen at it's best in the photo below. I'll try again when I go to buy some more eggs.
Sharon's was our last visit on an action packed fabulous day.