30th August 2016
A refreshing change to find, at a motorway service station, a carefully and beautifully designed building, great food, friendly service and a peaceful farm-shop environment. Our last pit-stop on the way home from Snowdonia, and one well worth making. If you’re passing Gloucester on the M6, take a break…
28th August 2016
Walking the paths of Snowdonia the tenuousness of previous human activity at the foot of the Snowdon massif was evident. The farm and mine buildings were built entirely ‘of the land’; the use of slate for these and almost all other buildings, hewn from the very rock they are built on, has an immediate empathy and satisfying, heavy, material ‘here-ness’. Yet the ultimate futility of human attempts to harness the land is evident in the shadow of such a dominant [...]
22nd August 2016
A (wet) morning perusing the strangely unsettling setting of Portmeiron. Gothic, French country, Italianate, mediaeval and art deco elements brought together under a consistent and unifying hand. I’m sure the engineer was left scratching his head on occasion, too.
17th August 2016
… to make an omelette. Work progresses on our site in Lympstone, remodelling and refurbishing almost every room of this home and extending into the loft space. We will be re-building the walls to the bathroom, for a little privacy, in due course but first existing finishes are stripped out to allow floors and roofs to be strengthened, insulation to be added, and services to be threaded through the existing structure. Careful planning of the works has taken place to [...]