This is not a post about tweed wearing, fire-arms bearing activities (although if you haven't yet bought a ticket to Miss Knight's Crawley & Horsham extravaganza in November - you know who you are - you better be quick smart, it's going to be a fantabulous evening 😘).I just wanted to write a little post about a few places and things I have discovered recently whilst in the countryside. I like escaping London, I may have mentioned this a couple of times 😉. It's always so nice to be in the fresh air and away from the constant rush of the city, and enjoying a slightly slower pace of life. So below are some of my finds 🌳😃.
In a small village in Kent, William Boscawen has been perfecting the recipe for his delicious mead. Using mostly local ingredients, hops and honey are from the farm, he has created three sparkling meads each with their own distinct flavour. The mead is aptly named 'Marourde' as this is the historic name of the village of Mereworth where it is made.
I spent a delightful afternoon with William, we had a tour of his meadery and of course a tasting. With no expectations at all, I really enjoyed this sweet yet satisfying drink, which is best served very chilled. William is also growing vines, so watch this space for the next in great English sparkling wines..... and in the mean time check out Marourde's insta for all things mead.
I am quite a bit fan of Eric Ravilious. I really like his woodcuts and many of them are currently on display at The Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne. This is particularly fun as many of the places Ravilious depicted in his pictures are close by, nestling in the South Downs. So not only can you see his artwork, you can also seek out the locations in which he painted.Off we went down to Eastbourne, and it was very exciting indeed, there is great selection of his original woodcuts and paintings - I love his book illustrations - alongside many other works by his friends and fellow artists, Edward Bawden, Paul Nash and John Nash. I highly recommend going to see this exhibition, we followed our visit with a blustery walk up onto Beachy Head, and I am excited to go back and explore more Ravilious countryside soon.
This beautiful garden, hidden away near Ockley in Surrey, has a wonderful display of contemporary sculpture. It's rather fun to wander about, weaving in and out of the water features and catching the sunlight as it shines through the giant foliage. We had a greatly enjoyable evening discovering all sorts of weird and wonderful works of art, they display over 200 pieces varying them throughout the summer, so there is lots to see!