Over the weekend Dan and I decided to take his car on a little spin to one of my favourite places in the U.K (or so I thought, I’ll explain later) Forest of Dean. It was an hours drive and luckily the Sat Nav took us there through the scenic route, which was breathtaking! Wales is such a beautiful place. Because I live in the big city I never get to see the welsh hills in all their splendour, so this day out was such a treat.
Whilst in Forest of Dean we tried desperately to try and find my favourite place from childhood, I became so desperate I rang my Dad to ask him where it was…
…Turns out I’ve been mixing up New Forest (Dorset way) with Forest of Dean all these years. Dorset was another two hour drive and Dan just couldn’t drive that far so we ended up googling places near for us to visit.
Westbury Court Garden
We decided to stop by Westbury Court Garden and have a picnic. The Westbury Court Garden is looked after by the National Trust and was the first complete garden restoration undertaken by the National Trust. The gardens were absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t stop snapping away!! I haven’t done any floral photography in over a month and I haven’t used my canon in a few weeks also so I was really happy snapping away once more!! Hopefully I’ll get the motivation back with the Toy Photography also. We also did some berry picking while we were out which was fun but now we have a tub of berries and have no idea what to do with them!
Taurus Crafts – Chepstow
We were driving down Chepstow way and on our drive we stopped by Taurus Crafts for some ice cream and a little gander. I ended up starting my Christmas shopping early got my mother a lovely lovely gift from Rainbow Glass Creations by Tommy O’Rouke. I absolutely love my mothers gift and I’m 110% she is going to love it too!! Tommy himself was a delight to talk to and was incredibly welcoming. If you’re heading Chepstow way please check out Taurus Crafts. There are some lovely items to by.
We took a longer journey south to visit one of our favourite Service Stations for food, now I know what you’re thinking and yes, we did travel far and wide to visit a service station but before judging you should see this service station. The service station sells local grown produce. No Burger King, no WHSmith, but local food as well as a really nice grub. At the back of the service station you can eat your food outside in one of the most peaceful and relaxing pond I’ve ever seen. It’s soo tranquil and beautiful, you wouldn’t think your were stopping in a service station!
On the Sunday we picked up my friend Sam and headed towards Sain Ffagans. Sain Ffagans is a museum of sorts on welsh culture and it holds so many buildings, all of which were taken down and placed back brick by brick, slate by slate within the museum grounds. You have old chapels, farms as well as old houses and bakeries. It’s a pretty impressive museum. Sam is still new to the area so it was nice to show him around.
Okay I don’t know what this field is called but it has one hell of a spectacular view! Dan took me here Sunday afternoon and we walked for so long!! I took a ton more Floral Photography as well as insects mating.
All in all a fun filled weekend!!