We had morning coffee in this lovely little cafe, which was new since the last time we had been to Ludlow. It was tiny and delightful, and they served my cappuccino with amaretto crumbs on top, instead of chocolate or cinnamon. Delicious! It was a very old building, with a small fireplace, and exposed beams on the ceiling. I think it used to be someone's living room at one time.
How I would love to have one in my home!
Wish I could have such a fantastic blooming garden. Most likely you have to take care of it for it to look like this.
This lovely shop was across from the cafe. It had lots of contemporary crafts, and I was particularly taken with the knitted outfit by Alison Dupernex, hanging on the front door. I know Alison from years ago, when I was arranging art exhibits of British crafts. I met her at a Contemporary Craft Fair in Hereford and she very kindly let me take home a cardigan without paying for it, on the understanding that I would send her a cheque for it in the mail later. It was all pastel ice-cream coloured stripes, and I wore it to death. This is her website: www.alisondupernex.co.uk (I hope I've done the link right.)
If you are interested in history, King Henry VIII's older brother, Prince Arthur used to live in Ludlow Castle with his bride, Catherine of Aragon. Arthur died before becoming king, so the crown went to Henry -- as well as the widow! She was the first of his 6 wives. Ludlow Castle is genteely crumbling at the present, but still impressive looking, and a great tourist attraction for the town.
Details of the outfit:
Mustard coloured jacket, cream skirt, bangles, and necklace: charity shops
Striped tee shirt: New Look
Shoes: fake snakeskin sandals, charity shop