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Today I headed over to West End House Gallery in Smarden, a lovely little village in the Kent countryside. The gallery is very supportive of local artists and they have some amazing work on show by Kaija Bulbrook which is well worth a look. While I was there Karen took delivery of some garden stakes, with the easily recognizable Smarden Dragon design (also known as a Wyvern). They have been forged by Cranbrook Iron specially for the events in the village this weekend, which include a Classic Car Show and Open Gardens.
(Dragon in my garden)
Guess who had to have one of these cuties, isn’t he lovely 🙂
This weekend is also the last weekend of South East Open Studios, the last chance to visit and chat with artists in their studios and buy directly from them. (see SEOS-art for details of artists studios all over Kent)
On my way back from the gallery I stopped in at the farm shop for some Biddenden Cider and Kentish Cherries. (I also spotted some charity quilts for sale made by local quilters in Egerton.)
Unfortunately I didn’t find any open gardens en route so didn’t get to buy any plants or manage a sneaky cream tea. (They are mostly open at the weekends – you can pick up a National Garden Scheme brochure or check www.ngs.org.uk)
I then popped over to Mersham and picked up some wine from the Vinorium. The labels on this wine have been designed by famed local artist and ambassador for Kent, Graham Clark.
I believe this chap on the label is called Gaston Du Plonk – I’ll be keeping these special bottles after the wine has been dispatched 🙂
If you need something to do other than watch the football this weekend, there’s a lot on offer here in Kent right now.
(Delphinium in my garden)
Have a lovely weekend!
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