Roman Leicester under our feet uncovered

When I heard about a 2 day event for the public to see spectacular Roman mosaics discovered by the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS)  in the heart of Leicester city centre decided it was an opportunity to not be missed.

For those unable to visit here are photos (probably too many) for what lay under the old Stibbe factory  between Great Central Street and Highcross Street.

Archaeologists have discovered one of the largest Roman mosaic floors in the city, two Roman streets containing a number of buildings and lots of artifacts. So far these objects have been found…pottery, a flute, a knife handle, brooches, beads, coins and hair pins. The viewing platforms around the edge of the site were fantastic and guides brought the area to life explaining about the buildings that once stood there, it was also great to see Archaeologists still working and discovering more items.

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We queued for 2.5 hours for a short but exciting visit, thank goodness the sun was shining!

May 6th and 7th were the dates decided to open, due to popular demand the opening has been extended for this week.

Click here for a short video across the Roman Leicester site


Inside a canal lock gate

Not really what I expected to do for the weekend but had a fascinating trip to Mountsorrel locks near Leicester where the Canal and River Trust are restoring the lock gates.

The lock has been drained – first time in 30 years. No treasures were found at the bottom but it does have the original red  bricks dating back from between 1780 and 1794. The top and bottom lock gates are being replaced, together they weigh nearly 4 tonnes! The lock chamber itself is a massive 28 metres long, 4.6 metres wide and 3.4 metres deep and it can hold 438,000 litres of water, standing inside it was awe inspiring and almost hard to believe how much water should be above my head.

Also had a lovely little trip along the canal in a barge thanks to Sileby Mill Boatyard.

The event is on again tomorrow (28th Feb 2016)
There’s also a lovely pub next to the canal (The Waterside Inn)

Tower Poppies

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, what an amazing art installation.
Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins & stage designer Tom Piper marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Seeing it last week as the final waves of ceramic Poppies were being planted was just breathtaking. I stood for quiet sometime imagining that each one represents a life & creating in my mind a sea of soldiers standing shoulder to shoulder. Today on Armistice day  the last of the 888,246 Poppies was planted.

These are just a few of the photos I shot.

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I would like to offer prints for sale with donation from each sale going to the Royal British Legion, what do you think?

20% of sales from this Tower Poppies album goes to the Royal British Legion

Last few days for Sock Gallery open exhibition – Loughborough

Over 345 pieces were submitted into this years Sock Gallery open exhibition, the judges then selected 179 to be hung in the gallery.
Here is my entry the judges chose to hang in this years exhibition, a photograph on canvas titled “Dandelion Stars”
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It doesn’t seem 5 minutes let alone 4 weeks since I was invited to the preview evening to proudly see my selected entry hanging alongside all the other chosen works of art.
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There’s such a fantastic variety on show this year, pencil & ink drawings, pastel, oils, photography, pieces of artwork painted on a variety of mediums from canvas to wood to cardboard boxes. I particularly like the collages that incorporate different textures as seen in this image depicting Lime tree avenue at Calke Abbey by artist Tracey Lamb who used watercolours recycled paper and stitching (apologies for reflection on image I only did some quick snaps with my compact camera)
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Pop Up Wedding Village

It was an absolute delight to attend the first Pop Up Wedding Village organised by the super talented Honeysuckle & Castle and Save the Date Magazine. Held within the beautiful grounds and rustic Riding School at National Trust Calke Abbey, Derbyshire. It was a mixed weather day with heavy rain showers jumbled up with a good dose of sunshine, but thoroughly enjoyable in all respects. The traders attending this event are outstanding with so much creativity and talent.

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Ride in style with this super VW camper from Campervan Weddings. I would love to own one of these & to have stunning interior like this one would be a dream come true.

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Vintage red double decker Routemaster Bus Bar

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How delightful is this classic silver blue metallic Daimler called Charlotte from Dennisson Classic Cars

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Inside Peaktipis, a glamourous and fabulous alternative to a traditional looking marquee

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Delish with their Victorian strongman themed dessert table & cake pops, Victorian Fairground cake by Danielle Gotheridge. Intended to return & purchase some of these goodies to bring home but didn’t get chance.
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A whole stand of gorgeousness from Love Lucy Designs

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Emily Wisher is an artisan florist who works with in season British flowers, the smell of these cut blooms was devine

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Sugared Rose with her delightfully decorated cakes
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The Greenary, a boutique florist from Derbyshire who also decorated the gorgeous Cakey Wakey cake with fresh flowers (photo bottom right)

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Baroque Couture design bespoke wedding dresses and accessories, this stand was so magical and twinkly.

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Superb invitations and stationary by Enchanting. Custom design your invites, place cards & table names with different coloured satin ribbon, pearl, crystal adornments & lace

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Adam Thomas & the Souljers all singing, all dancing musical trio

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Beautiful baked designed and decorated cakes, naked cakes and cupcakes from Helen Alborn Cakes

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Birds in the Attic had a stand full of lovely quirky gifts., the little feather buttonholes are simply brilliant.

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Fabulous top floral designer Orchis floral design

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How about a spot of Crafternoon Tea for your Hen party before going out in the evening. Create things & eat cake before going out in the evening, turning your hen party into a full day of fun

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Lee Garland Wedding Photograph captures beautiful relaxed photographs of your special day.

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Green Kitchen Cakes  bake beautiful delicious cakes for weddings and special occasions, iced, buttercream or naked like this one.

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The Bay Tree Hire Company tress decorated with twinkly little lights and lovely organza bows

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Delightful and delicious Yummy Little Cakes

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Exquisite dresses from Charlotte Thompson Bridal 

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Superbly talented and quirky Mad Philomena event stationary styling & props

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HBA Photography are a super talented husband and wife team

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Mobile Fish & Chip van

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Beth Anne Fletcher photography

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Stunning flowers from Nadia Di Tullio, the headpieces were gorgeous

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If I have missed linking your business in any of the photos featured please leave a comment and I will include it asap. Apologies to anyone at the event not featured in this blog

More photos can be seen here  or via the website: Susan Guy Photography

Ribbons and Lace

The ladies at Fabric Theatre and Honeysuckle & Castle worked their magic again today with gorgeous ribbons, drapes and lace at the Wedding Open Day within the Riding School at Calke Abbey. I popped in early for a sneak preview
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Music Beer Food & Craft Festival

Super short blog featuring photos from a recent fair I attended.

Waltham on the Wolds – Music, Beer, Food and Craft Festival, all my favourite things in one village hall.

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Sutherland is a very nice beer from Belvoir Brewery perfect for a Summers day.

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Meats of the World with an unusual selection of burgers

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Elaine Underwood, artist

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Rainbow Arts, hand painted watercolour and pastels pictures, cards and paper weights by Mike Weston

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Carved wooden apples, so smooth and tactile to feel

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Handbound books using acid free paper

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SKatchick-A artwork

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Hot Rods and Classic cars come to town

For Fathers Day the hot Rods and Classic Cars came to Loughborough.

A gorgeous day with gorgeous cars what more could men want… actually alot of women and kids were admiring the super shiny vehicles. There’s my lack of car knowledge showing straight away. I liked them cause they were shiny, not because of the their engine size, horsepower or whatever it is!!

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Magic Worlds ….Fairies Myth and Magic in Leicester

Fairies, myth and magic galore in the new exhibition at New Walk Museum Leicester.

Young or old Magic Worlds is a touring exhibition created by the V & A Museum of Childhood.

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On opening day the Queen of Hearts was searching for her tarts with Alice in Wonderland
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See the fantastic array of Magic tricks and illusions

Magic Worlds magicalHave a Narnia experience or see Fairies at the bottom of your garden with the stunning Cicely Mary Barker prints, definitely my favourite area.
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Magic Worlds would not be complete without Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings (my husbands favourite part)

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These are just some of the wonderful things to see, so why not go along and have a look for yourself.

The exhibition is open from May 4th – September 29th 2013