A wander around Snape Maltings

For today’s post we’re off out and about. We’re off to Suffolk in fact, and as well as travelling there we’re going back in time. We had a few days there a couple of years ago and as I’ve been looking through my photos, these are another rediscovery. It was our first time at Snape Maltings, which now is full of shops and such like. You might remember the velvet yellow sofa from a previous post, or the embroidery project for the future, which is still very much for the future, but no less beautiful.

But there’s some great walks in the area too, and while our wander features mostly the buildings and sculptures close to the buildings, there’s routes which take you further afield. As soon as we were out of the car, the tiles on this roof called my name. Well, they would wouldn’t they?

arriving at snape maitings and spotting a roof to photograph

Next we, or rather I was fascinated by this sculpture called Myriad, whose clean lines and mirrored sections gave an easy view of the sky above.

A sculpture with a view at snape maltings

It was the sort of place, and the sort of day, where it was easy to wander inside and out. And the more I saw of the main building, the more I knew it was one I would like. And I wasn’t wrong, it was a fascinating place. As well as the shops, sculptures and cafes there’s also a concert venue and exhibition space. I’ve a feeling we’ll be back again, and not just for the shops. In fact our visit was prompted by a festering seed planted by a wedding present ten years earlier.

bricks, tiles and cladding all together stylishly so

No really. Our neighbours bought us a mosaic tea light lantern, which they bought at Snape Maltings. It’s one we still use, and one they’d bought here, so I had a feeling that it would be a place I liked. Completely true, and it goes to show how much first impressions count.

But back to exploring the buildings. Next up was the Dovecote, I don’t remember what it’s current use is, other than drawing admiring glances for the corten steel and brick structure. It’s previous use is pretty easy to guess though.

Another of the exhibits, this one clad in corten steel
The windows at the dovecote have seen better days

The windows. I’d happily have photographed this many which ways, but there’s always more to see - and really there are only so many photos you can take without ending up with at least a few duplicates. But don’t tell MOH that, as it’s something I always deny…

a look at the dovecote from the other side

We had some fun with the final sculpture on this wander. There were three stacks to this one, and the round circular gap was just about head height. And as usual, my reluctant model posed for a silly picture or two. And the silly pictures always make it into our photo year books.

another modern sculpture with a great view

I’ve enjoyed this electronic wander, and a wander through memories made on what was actually quite a random way to choose a day’s activity. Have you been to Snape Maltings, or do you have anywhere equally as random for selecting where to visit?

Port and patterns

in a great demonstration of dithering and procrastination, today I’m sharing photos from a trip to Portugal. But not our most recent trip there, from just the other month, but from our trip there in 2017. Partly because I’m struggling to believe it has been two years since we visited the Douro Valley, but also because it delays editing the photos from our recent trip!

So today we’re off to Quinta da Bomfim on the outskirts of Pinhao in the Douro Valley. We took a taxi there as the day before we’d done a bit of a recce and only made it part-way up the drive before realising we might have bitten off more than we could chew, especially in the temperatures which were freakishly high for October.

A view over the vineyards at Quinta da Bomfim in the Douro valley

But when we got there on our second attempt, it was well worth the views.

A pretty place to sit and enjoy the harvest of their labours

The views over the vineyards, of the terrace and the products, if you know what I mean.

port tasting

And with views like this it was hard to motivate ourselves for the long walk back.

a good way to enjoy the day

But eventually we did, and of course not before a visit to the Ladies, which, as I’ve said before, wasn’t quite what I expected for such a traditional surrounding.

diamonds, circles and red shoes of course

For a pattern lover, it was a blast though.

Tiled walls, tiled floors and panelled doors

It was the sort of place where you weren’t quite sure where the floor ended and where the wall started, though of course you’d quickly discover that if you walked a bit too far.

The way out

You can see how pleased I am with this loo discovery, or actually it could be down to the port sampling.

splashbacks, sinks, doors and me

And now this post is out of the way, who knows maybe I’ll even get around to editing some of those more recent photos…

Dark and exotic, pineapples and monkeys

You know how much I like a good loo, and i’m sharing one today.

A couple of weekends ago we were out for Sunday lunch with MOH’s family at the Dukes Head in Crawley Down, West Sussex. We’d been there before, but it seems to have been redecorated since our last visit, and it looks great.

The food there is great too, on our last visit we all opted for Sunday lunch and it was the type of Sunday lunch that comes with no spare space on your plate so you have to eat your way through some to create space for the vegetables which are served separately. I’d definitely recommend, although it seems when it comes to eating speed I’m much slower than MOH’s family.

monkeys,  orchids and pineapples and bold colours

Isn’t it dark and moody, but elegant at the same time? Did you see the monkeys on the wallpaper, they can’t fail to amuse.

Monkeying around the mirror at the Dukes Head in Crawley Down

I think the golden pineapples are a first for The Loo Series, it’s not often the doors are adorned - the other one that springs to mind is the loos with the flip flops - but it’s a completely different style isn’t it? Looking at the photo now, they look like door knockers, but I’m not sure they are. Now that would be odd, and a first for The Loo Series!

golden pineapples on the doors

I want to take a moment to admire this tiled wall, isn’t it gorgeous. The dark tiles, while grout and tiles placed vertically instead of horizontally - all of these contribute to its overall look. The fact that it’s sparkling helps too.

A gloriously dark tiled wall

So another Ladies with character, what do you think?