So Stow on the Wold is very close to Cheltenham which is where the inspirational Bex , formerly one half of Stuffed Nonsense and now Ampersand & Commodities opened a shop which I mentioned last year so I made OH make a diversion so I could pop in say hi.
Crafty Fox regulars as well as artists I'd not see before. And Bex is such an inspiration as she essentially created the shop from a disused building at the back of a cafe but it is now full of light, colour and creativity.
Burghley House which is one of the finest Tudor Mansions in the country. We were only one mile away for it and I'm a sucker for historical houses but when I mentioned the entry fee was £15 OH pointed out that it was quite a lot of money for something he wouldn't enjoy. So Burghley House was out the window for a trip. Looking at the map I realized we could go to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the way to York.
I visited the YSP about 10 years ago with my friend Bill as we were up in Harrogate for a wedding but had forgotten how stunning it was.
The YSP is a major collection of Henry Moore's work which is stunning in the landscape
But there were so many other pieces - here are just a few !
Oh and another cheeky OH shot through a Hepworth!
And so we reach our final destination, York. Do you remember Skylon, my BFF from last year? Well here she is again! We went on a fair few dog walks I can tell you!
The boys suggested going to a Cold War Bunker run by English Heritage. Now the Cold War does that, kinda leaves me cold so I wasn't overly keen but this was fascinating! You have to go on a tour which is about an hour but it was really interesting. Here are a few arty shots!
And of course we couldn't help but notice that something was coming to Yorkshire soon.
So that's it, this year's road trip. I love pootling around the UK