Having been cooped up in the house for the best part of two weeks I decided an afternoon out in the fresh air was required. Thursday was a fine day and I took a trip out to Lacock where much of the BBC series Cranford was filmed last year. (one of a number of films to have used Lacock as a location, most famously Harry Potter). It's a very picturesque National Trust village, dating back to the 13th century and well worth a visit if you are in the area. Aside from the village itself, you can visit Lacock Abbey which is a medieval cloistered abbey converted into a country house, and the Fox Talbot Museum ( dedicated the the work of William Henry Fox Talbot, the father of modern photography, who lived in the Abbey).
A view of the Abbey as you walk into the village
I tried to recognise some of locations from Cranford, but I'm afraid I didn't, I think it's too long since I watched it, plus the presence of rather a lot of cars parked in the roads and other evidence of modern life didn't help.
For filming Cranford, the roads were covered in earth - what a clean-up job that must have been afterwards!
The houses are a mixture of limewashed, half-timbered and stone built and the village has changed little over the centuries.
A front door with a clock set into it!
There are no charity or antique shops, so no opportunities for thrifting, but there are a few craft and gift shops which sell rather nice things, located in some wonderful buildings.
Quintesentially English is entered through this lovely stable door - how quaint. Mainly selling soap and bath fizzers but also home goods and a few hand-crafted items.
Lacock Emporium is in a converted barn and has some very pretty home accessories and gifts.
This was one of several tea rooms which also houses a small craft centre - Wiltshire Crafts. The shop is run as a co-operative between the crafters who sell there and you can buy handknitted goods, jewellery, children's clothing, pottery, ironwork, cards, amongst others. Absolutely nothing imported or mass-produced here!
Of course, with no thrifting opportunities I almost came home empty-handed - but that would be unheard of, and I found this cute poodle in the Emporium. She was the only one in the shop and I could see she was longing for someone to take her home.
Once back we had to find her a place where she would be happy. We tried several locations...
...before deciding she would like it best with a canine pal to keep her company.
Today was Mothering Sunday in the UK. For some, it may have been a day of many different emotions. However you spent your day today, I hope it was filled with love.
Spring Blooms in the ground of Lacock Abbey