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I am a bit behind on my posts! This week has been filled with adventure, but that will have to wait.

While we were in Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire, we visited two National Trust properties. The first was Hidcote. Our walk took about an hour and 45 minutes, but we did stop to take lots of pictures. We wished we had done more research about the public footpaths, as apparently there is a route away from the roads.

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The garden was created with many arts and crafts garden design principles, with formality giving way to wilderness the further away from the house you wander.

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And even in October, there was much colour to enjoy!

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I am incredibly impressed with the work of the National Trust. The scale of what they take on with historical properties is enormous – each is so unique with its own needs and challenges. Hidcote runs with a team of gardeners, and a magnificent array of volunteers. I was amazed to find that the café tailors its daily menu based on what produce is available from the vegetable garden, and that historical research is ongoing. I would love to visit Hidcote again.

Read all about the fascinating history of this magical property here.

 

 

A few more new pieces…

Wire-wrapped Canadian 1957 coin by GJ Pearson with silvery pearls, onyx and lepedolite. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Wire-wrapped by GJ Pearson Canadian 1957 coin with silvery pearls, onyx and lepedolite. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Wire-wrapped coin and pearls, detail. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Wire-wrapped coin and pearls, detail. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Wire-wrapped coin and pearls, detail. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Wire-wrapped coin and pearls, detail. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Peachy-pink pearls and faceted glass with a chandelier crystal pendant. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Peachy-pink pearls and faceted glass with a chandelier crystal pendant. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Clear chandelier crystal with pearls, detail. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Clear chandelier crystal with pearls, detail. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Brown pearls braided onto red threads with miscellaneous stones and a carved brown jade pendant. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Brown pearls braided onto red threads with miscellaneous stones and a carved brown jade pendant. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Pearls and carved brown jade pendant, detail. © Firehorse Designs 2013

Pearls and carved brown jade pendant, detail. © Firehorse Designs 2013