It’s been a whirlwind of a 48 hours to say the least, interchangeable weather,  a flood of family gatherings, not so glorious jet lag and a slight temptation to consume all the delights of British Cuisine in my first full day.  I state “British Cuisine” loosely in my case as its been bacon sandwiches, sausage rolls and a fabulous lamb curry.  It’s been two long years since I was last on British soil,  needless to say, it still feels like home.

My Barr and Harbor collection is founded on not only my childhood adventures here but the picturesque locations and unique history of the Rose of the Shires.  The simplicity of the collection that I lovingly handcrafted will always be a celebration of the countryside and to return home i have a treasure trove of inspiration at my fingertips.

This morning we headed to the Heart of the Shires shopping village nestled in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. Built in 1867 and in its former days a model working Victorian farm, the shopping village is now home to over twenty retailers.

 

 

Situated on the top floor of a 3,000 sq ft dutch barn, I discovered these gorgeous mugs in the Abraxas Cookshop.

Underneath the arches in a quaint boutique called “Dressage” I spotted Barbour and no i didn’t leave empty handed.  It’s England in the Spring, of course one had to have a new jacket!

I popped on into Simply Salvaged who offer something unique, a mix of  Vintage/Retro/Antique and collectables and this incredible motor bike.

On my door step are the beautiful canals that wind throughout the rolling hills.  We took a walk through the village and I remember playing down here as child.  I never fell in the canal,  but that doesn’t mean I never will.

 

 

Living in a small village you are ultimately blessed with a variety of country pubs.  The White Heart in Flore was always my local and it still remains charming with beautiful wooden beams, fire places and stone walls.  Dinner was spectacular as always and the perfect end to the day, accompanied by family and a bottle of red.

 

 

Tomorrow it’s an escape from the country as we head to the Big Smoke,

or alternatively

“London”

 

Love Lea

 

J.C