Thursday, 26 May 2011


Hi All.
Firstly thank you all for your messages of support it means so much and I am feeling better.  So much so I'm writing another post a lot quicker than I thought I would be.  The thing is I just couldn't not tell you about today.

I don't think I have told you that I'm researching my family tree have I. Well one of my Grandfathers came from a tiny village called Stert near Devizes and although I have driven through Devizes dozens  of times over the years I have never stopped until today. I hadn't realised what a lovely town it is.

This is the image that I suppose it is most famous for, the Caen Hill locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal
but I wanted to wander around the town centre to see what was there and the area my ancestors would have grown up in.

Thursday is Market day and they have a lovely old fashioned Market place full of stalls as well as an undercover market.

And some very grand looking buildings all around the edge.

But when you start to wander around you find these fantastic little lanes tucked away with some fabulous shops.

Urban Rustics which is just about to move into the shop above was definitely one of my favourites.

Three shelves plus loads of bags and other bits and bobs  all dedicated to you know who.

I was very tempted by the cardboard picnic set.

I need a new light in the kitchen, I don't think Mr T would go for this one  but I think it's Fabulous.

And you know me with coloured glass

I was desperately trying to think how I could justify buying this and couldn't come up with a reason but Sister-in-law bought the perfect throw for her bed which looks beautiful.

Just across the way is the Blue Stone Gallery with some really great stuff.
These brooches are paper mache and were just a small sample of this artist work which I loved.

One of these made it into my shopping basket

 Oh dear more ceramics, just to let you know the pictures were stunning too, I just love ceramics.

This is so quirky it amazing.

Then back into the lanes.

The grooms mother trying on hats for the forthcoming wedding in the most amazing hat shop.

Then theres the kitchen shop, a sweet shop for grown ups.

Did I mention the market has a fabric stall that sells Clark & Clark fabric so of course some of that is also coming home with me.

In the words of Arnie "I will be back" especially as the museum has an amazing archive section  that you can get access to so some future research beckons.

Stourhead tomorrow to see the rhododendrons, lets hope the rain clears up.



  1. Wow Gill looks like a gorgeous place and those shops how did you stop yourself from buying? ;-)Love the colored glass those cake stands what lovely colors. Enjoy your trip tomorrow, dee x

  2. Gee I enjoyed that Gill,felt like we were there with you,it looks fantastic and would have loved some of the bits and bobs you showed us,have another lovely day.Carole

  3. What a super post Gill, I have never been to Devizes but it looks super!

    Sue and I have selected (randomly of course!) the partners for the Midsummer Nights Dream swap, I have just posted the list on my blog and she is doing the same so please check it out!


  4. Now I have a better idea of your likes :)
    It always rains on Market days doesn't it :(
    Sue Xx

  5. Glad your feeling a bit brighter - enjoy the rest of your break. Am ashamed to say I don't know where Devizes is, but will look it up so that if I'm in the area I make sure to go ... to do some shopping!