Thursday, 29 May 2014

Faggots at Ma Pardoe's

On a trip to The Black Country Museum I remembered going to a pub called Ma Pardoe's....years and years before. After asking about, I not only found it still existed, but it was almost exactly the same and still had it's marvellous enamel ceiling in the front Bar. ( Possibly the only one left in the country )
 
The last time I had been there must have been at least thirty years before when I was in an old boat moored at Bumble Hole, fifteen minutes walk away. It's real name is The Swan in Netherton but most know it as Ma Pardoe's after Dorothy Pardoe,who had been the landlady for over 50 years ( She died in 1984 aged 85....so the chances are that I had met her.)

Back hall with stairs up to restaurant.


Room into small corridor with bench and hatch ( Off-sales lobby ), with door that leads into another corridor with door to outside.

The weighing machine inside the public bar.


The Swan is now a grade 11 listed building....whooppee ! It really can stay the same now. I was going to say 'If you go' but I'll change that to 'WHEN you go', you will love not only the interior but the locals are great too ...really friendly ...and of course, the food. A huge plate of homemade faggots ,mash, mushy peas and gravy....on a soggy day you can't go wrong.


The Old swan still brews it's own beers too...this is a 'real' pub in every sense of the word. It's not pretentious, shabby chic or a theme pub, It is a proper working pub for real people. The landlord looks a character too, Tim Newey, who walks about wearing Victorian style suit, waistcoat and watch chain....and apparently is rather partial to organ music!

The original six bay Victorian bar back with beautiful etched mirror


 
The rear room
I'm not one for going out to lots of pubs on a regular basis, but I do find Ma Pardoe's a delight, I hope you do too.
Looking into some of the rooms of The Swan, Netherton



......Ps.....mines a pint please!







Sunday, 11 May 2014

Winchcombe Art and Music Festival

Fingers crossed for sunshine....
The Winchcombe festival of Music and Art opens on May 19th ( Please click onto link to find online brochure for festival and art trail.)
This year I've managed to say yes to having an open studio...I'm sharing with Rob Langley...a rustic furniture maker who has a great workshop at Stanway. Of course I'm beginning to panic, trying to frame pictures, find labels etc...and we have to sweep a few shavings and cobwebs at Stanway !
Map for Art Trail by me.

I'm showing some paintings and drawings, hand painted boxes and lamp shades and lots of postcards and greetings cards. Rob has beautiful bent hazel and willow seats and smaller pieces.


Robs going to be there during the day and I'll be there late afternoon and early evening during the week, but hopefully there over weekend.

There are lots of interesting talks that I hope to get to and the brilliant Charingworth Court Sculpture Garden organisd and curated by Jane Smoczynski of Winds of Change Gallery.
So Please put us all in your diary and pop and say hello !

Rock the Cotswolds

On April 1st I received an email telling me that I 'Rocked the Cotswolds' !! I did initially think that it was an April fool, but it wasn't....It did make me giggle though.

In 2010 Oli Christie who formed games company Neon Play wanted to tell the world about the famous and hidden gems of people and businesses in the Cotswolds. Hundreds of people and companies were nominated and 75 of us were chosen. The idea is to show everyone that the Cotswolds is a great place to work, live and play....and I have to admit that I'm very lucky to living here.
To find my name alongside big hotels.. Oak House No 1 ,Dormy House Hotel and
 big businesses such as Snow Business, Mini , Lotus F1 Team and GCHQ
Adventurers Jamie McDonald and Kenton Cool
 celebrities ...Kate Moss, Lily Allen,
Artists Teddy M,   Damien Hirst.and .P J Crook
to name but a few...
..is for me quite amazing. I have a happy but pretty normal life and spend most of my time in various workshops listening to a radio with a brush in my hand. I'm not very good at 'networking'
As my sister said back in the year 2000...welcome to the twentieth century just as the rest of us are joining the twenty first!....she knows me well!
A lot of the rockers' have beautiful websites....at first I thought...I'd better sort mine out, but then sense took over...I am just me...impossible to pretend to be anyone else...after all I've been me for rather a long time now...and they do say...old dogs new tricks etc
In June they are having a big party....should be fun....goodness knows what I'll wear...I'm so used to clothes with paint splashes or white overalls!

Anyway, Thank you to everyone involved ...It's always lovely to be appreciated.

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