Grand days out.

I thought I would share with you some images from Shrewsbury, we went there recently to look for an art shop. I needed some large sheets of water colour paper for a dream commission which I am very excited about, (I hope to share more details about this soon). Sadly the art shop that I remembered has closed; this seems to be something of a theme, bookshops and art shops are disappearing from our high streets at an alarming rate. We did however have a lovely day out and took some photographs before my battery gave up the ghost.

It is impossible not to fall in love with Shrewsbury, with its black and white timbered buildings, some of which lean at impossible angles. If you click on the picture you will make out Grope Lane, I will leave you to decide how that one got its name!

Counteracting the tendency to rid the world of smaller independent traders are farmers markets. One such event is held monthly here at Rode Hall. When we visited on Sunday morning the gardens and parkland were bathed in glorious golden light. There was local produce and crafts in abundance, we even spotted some of my fabric from "Buttercup Farm Collection" sewn into lavender bags. After chatting with friends and neighbours and sampling this and that, we eventually came away with some very posh nosh indeed; two of Neil Broomfield’s hand made individual pies from “The Great Northern Pie Company” made from cheese, cauliflower, caramelized onions, star anise, nutmeg and carnaroli rice…. Delish!


  1. Valerie, Shrewsbury is a place I would love to see for myself, and so your photos are a delight.

    Sorry to hear about the art supply shop. There is a wonderful source of paper in this city, called New York Central Supply. It is truly known for papers, and somehow hangs on year after year in its anachronistic old way. You would love it! xo

  2. The historical town-scape is so picturesque... like living in a postcard...

    Sadly in this area, many small shops are closing too.. and many others (too numerous) are up for sale.. the market is very slow..

    But... so sweet to see what others have done using your creativity on the table... I always feel a secret pleasure when I see ladies wearing our jewelry too..
    Take care...

  3. I went to Shrewsbury on the train a couple of weeks ago to meet a friend for lunch and a look around. I always enjoy visiting. It is a shame when shops you have used before are no longer there when you return. I love the names of some of the streets like Grope Lane and Dogpile! The farmer's market sounds wonderful - the pie sounds very tasty:)

  4. I would love to visit Shrewsbury one day. It looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing. x

  5. Love Shrewsbury - still has character. Sorry about your art shop - I think most artists buy online now.

  6. I try to support art shops but when they don't have what I want I have to buy online also. I suppose the most successful art shops offer an online service also.

  7. Yes I'm off to Shrewsbury in a couple of weeks for my Xmas stocking supplies!

  8. My goodness, I have never heard of such a pie as this!
    What a beautiful, tidy town... I want to see all of these English villages one day. They are so special, and you so lucky to have them within close proximity.

  9. I used to live fairly near Shrewsbury myself Valerie and would agree that it is a lovely place to visit.

    Also agree about art shops closing. The one in our little town is up for sale. The trouble is that he seems unable to keep enough stock to satisfy everyone - it is a vicious circle I suppose.

    Incidentally your pictures which you kindly sent me have been much admired by some of my artist friends.

  10. I don't think I have been to Shrewsbury before.
    Must make a visit now!
    It looks like you had a great day out.x

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  12. Hi Valerie
    Shrewsbury is literally on my doorstep and we visit quite often go I guess we take it for granted!
    I take it that the art shop was on Wyle Cop as you go up the hill? It closed a few years ago and I used to buy my watercolour paper - Saunders Waterford from there so have to buy it online now (I would prefer to buy it from a shop and support them where I can - I think that you are right the most successful now do both). The lady who managed the art part retired and they didn't have anyone else to take it over - I should have volunteered! Also apparently quite a few art supplies were stolen as they were situated upstairs and out of view of the main desk.
    I was sad when it closed - it used to be my first port of call when I went to Shrewsbury straight off the Park & Ride!

  13. Valerie,
    Love the photos and your description of the day. I long to visit England...My soul has a connection. In 1655 my grandfather,his wife and two small children left London, to start a rope manufacturing business in the US. Sometimes when viewing photos I really feel I've been there before. Yes I'm crazy;))
    Thanks for sharing,

  14. Valerie, you're so lucky to live near all of this!! Our trips across The Pond have been all too few and there is so much your country offers!
    Even if one lives there, one can't begin to see it all.
    Hugs, Diane

  15. I have only been to Shrewsbury once and was fascinated.
    My mother had some very eccentric cousins --an old bachelor living with his sister.
    They lived in a stunningly tall half timbered house and showed me a medical equipment box from the
    Crimean war......
    So much for Shrewsbury.
    Wish I could visit it again.
    Hope you get to Italy soon!

  16. Wonderful images...beautiful blog...and love the image of Ted walking with that "little stick"...made me smile:)

  17. beautiful photographs....would love to visit there someday...

    always enjoy my visit here with you

    sending love today,
    kary and teddy

  18. What beautiful photos...Small art shops and independent book stores are closing here in the States too. Soon all that will be left are the large chains....sad.

    ~ Carolee

  19. I find it astonishing that so many rickety-looking places survive in England.

    Thank you for following Pictures Just Pictures.

    I’ve now used all the allotted space for photos there and have started a new blog so I can carry on. It’s called

    Message in a Milk Bottle

    I’ve given it a different look but its purpose is unchanged - a photo a day.


  20. Good Day, I always love to see your photos and especially when you are out and about. I really like that unique tree and also the ones with the sheep grazing. I quess I love nature photos of the UK. But I also love see the very grand historic building of the UK too. Visiting your blog is like visiting England which I really love. Big Hugs Judy

  21. Beautiful. This is my kind of day!

  22. Shrewsbury looks beautiful - I have never been - so thanks for showing these lovely pics. The 'dream commission' is intriquing - congratulations. x

  23. Oh I love Shrewsbury and you took some lovely photos. My husband and I are going there Christmas shopping in a couple of weeks. What a shame the art shop has gone :(

  24. I would really love to visit Shrewsbury sometime. Sorry to hear that art and book stores are closing there too. Huntingtonis a village on Long Island,and we do have a really nice bookstore, but no art shop. Paper is expensive and really good art supplies are harder to find every day. What will we do? You cannot feel the texture of paper from an online catalog!

  25. Those houses are just so pretty-right out of a storybook!

  26. Sorry to hear about the art shop closing - it is sad to hear that so many of your small shops are closing.

    Shrewsbury looks a lovely place!

  27. Lovely photographs. I spotted your fabric straight away, must have been nice to see it, did you tell her it was your designs?
    My square still has lots of empty pages. It was to be a 2010 project, I wonder if I will manage to fill it. I do enjoy looking through it.
    Going to blog about the mouse soon, we bought a humane trap.