At the weekend I had an excuse to go west and visit some very good friends who have chosen the good life away from the hustle and bustle of London.
This stylish couple have settled for a very stylish abode in rural Somerset. On route to their delightful home via the A303 I stopped in Castle Cary, a Fair Trade town, which lies on the edge of the rolling countryside halfway between the Mendip Hills and the Blackmore Vale.
The HOME Café was my first stop. Here they served a delicious Crispy Duck Wrap and a scrummy Bakewell sponge cake followed.
Opposite the café I spied a florist and an art gallery housed in a beautiful old bank building. Here the large windows exhibited gorgeous bouquets of flowers and intriguing works of art.
One shop that I did make time to visit was The Shed located a few doors down from Home. The antiquities on display in their window caught my eye.
Inside there was a late summer room-set against a corrugated iron wall. It was a photograph opportunity waiting to happen.
A little further along the High Street at Number One was a very unusual butcher’s shop.
Rather than having a display of fresh meat in the window there was an array of colourful china, woven baskets, and delicate parasols.
Not far away was Needful Things Interiors. Here the team offer an unusual and eclectic range of ideas for the home.
The shop is also well known for its bespoke curtain and blind making service.
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