Last week I wrote about a weekend getaway to Bournemouth. The only thing we had planned was the Hans Zimmer concert on Saturday night, so after an early morning walk along the seafront and a hearty breakfast at our hotel, we hit the road for the return journey north. However, a few things caught our eye and those two hours of travel lengthened and more than doubled. The first was a craft show at Breamore House. I found it a great way to get inspiration for my own craft displays and the setting, practically in the front garden of a beautiful estate, didn’t hurt either. I did not walk away empty-handed.
We thought that would be it for unplanned stops, but as we drove through the village of West Lavington we saw that they were advertising an open garden and art show at West Lavington Manor. Considering we didn’t know that West Lavington even had a manor, we felt it was worth a peek.
What a property! Although the house itself was not open to the public, it boasts 5 acres of gardens that were dotted with works of modern sculpture as part of the Celebrating Art exhibition. Exploring it on a warm summer’s day, under a beautiful blue sky, was absolute bliss. It was magical, enchanting, and a host of other superlatives of this ilk. The art itself was a bit beyond our price range, but wonderful to see in such a landscape.
“Horse Chestnut” by Ian Turnock, yours for £3,150.
“Cherry Pip” by Lydia Karpinska, £3,500.
If you have a spare £7,000 laying around, this “Leaf Form” by Michael Savage was my favourite.
This bronze foal by Heather Jansch was also lovely; £50,000.
Sculptures by Anne Curry
For the Far Side fans: anatidaephobia.
And I swear we don’t usually travel so much, but tune in Friday for another look at London. Don’t want to miss the latest MissElaineous blog post? Sign up below to keep in touch.