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

Stoneywell – Leicestershires first National Trust property

It’s hard to believe a year has gone since I first stepped into the magical world of National Trust Stoneywell.

Stoneywell is the first domestic property within Leicestershire to be cared for by the National Trust, who also look after nearby Ulverscroft Nature Reserve (managed by Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust) & Staunton Harold Church

Stoneywell was designed by Ernest Gimson in 1899 for his brother Sydney and built by Detmar Blow, initially as a Summer residence for the family and then in later years a full time family home. The cottage built into a rocky outcrop with beautiful garden has remained in the Gimson family until 2012 when it came into the care of the National Trust who I know will love it and care for it just as the Gimson’s did.

Susan Guy - Stoneywell - Doorway slate - April 8 2014 web Susan Guy - Stoneywell Garden Cottage April 8 2014 (4) webIt has been an absolute delight to see the garden and cottage change over the seasons of the past year before it opens to the public fully in February 2015, as volunteer photographer I have been privileged to capture alot of it on camera.
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Working here is certainly not a chore although was a little challenging when visiting in the snow

Susan Guy - Stoneywell - Snow Cottage Feb 11 2014 (2) webWatching the Stables change from a stable outbuilding & tool store into an office, small visitor area with facilities and beautiful rustic tearoom has been brilliant.
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The cottage is being presented as it was in the 1950’s as an Arts and Crafts home when Donald Gimson lived there with his wife Anne, son Roger and daughter Sally – the last Gimson owners. Seeing the cottage transform from a modern day home back into a 1950’s home has been quiet emotional, reminding me in many ways of my Grandparents’ home.

– Stoneywell pantry with a photo of my Grandparents’ pantry below it.

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Stoneywell will be opening its doors fully to the public in February next year, but before it does the National Trust has invited people local to the area to come try out the visitor experience and have a sneak peak up until November 30th when it closes for Winter.
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A visit to Stoneywell wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory tea & cake.

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Due to the size of Stoneywell all visitors whether National Trust members or not must be booked in prior to their visit.
– Booking can either be done online via National Trust Stoneywell or by calling 01530 248048.

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The Poet and Storyteller @ Packwood House

A day filled with fun, laughter, finding amazing art around the grounds of National Trust Packwood House, Warwickshire and being entertained by the talented Jo Bell and Gavin Young who came along for the opening of Packwood Follies.
Read more & see photos about the Packwood Follies works of art that have been installed around the grounds here: Inside Out HouseEmbedded and Hive.

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Jo Bell performing one of her poems in the Great Hall, a superb venue for poetry reading

SusanGuy_PackwoodHouse_JoBellThere is such beauty in the words Jo speaks, taking inspiration from all around and everyday objects like the broken plastic bootlace tips as heard in this short recording.

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Here Gavin is performing to invited guests attending the opening of Packwood Follies, standing on “Embedded” a giant 4 poster Oak bed just one of the fantastic art installations created by Hilary Jack

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Packwood Follies Hive – National Trust Packwood House

It was a privilege to be invited by the National Trust to attend the opening of Packwood Follies.
Packwood Follies are three commissions by artist Hilary Jack entitled InsideOutHouse, Embedded and Hive located around the grounds of National Trust Packwood House, Warwickshire.

– This is the third in a series of blogs from the opening event.

The previous weeks weather had been glorious sunshine, blue sky and fluffy white clouds, today however was different ….rain, not ideal you might think for walking around the grounds of a large country estate but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day sharing lots of laughter, catching up with friends, having fun and puddle splashing! So don’t be put off by the weather, get out and enjoy

Hilary Jack has designed and created beautiful structures from reclaimed objects, chairs, cupboards, draw fronts & windows and turned the “junk” into fantastic works of art. The pieces are staggeringly beautiful, most people would just throw away broken pieces of furniture but Hilary has revived what could be destined to a skip into something that I will certainly be visiting again and bringing my family to see it.

DSC_0446 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cReady to explore the next artwork, Hive. A community of small huts almost secretly hidden within the topiary Yew garden to honour the gardeners at Packwood who over the years seem to secretly maintain the flower beds & yew bushes dashing backwards and forwards to their tool sheds like bees to a hive.SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies DSC_0355 0357 0445SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies_HiveSusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies_HivesJo Bell, poet smelling a rose “it was like Peaches on a stick” wonder if this will inspire a future poem?
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You can read about the cafe opening here

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– The Packwood Follies was funded by a Cadbury Play Grant, with technical assitance from JP Art Services & Architectural drawings by Melissa Hunt.

Packwood Follies Embedded – National Trust Packwood House

It was a privilege to be invited by the National Trust to attend the opening of Packwood Follies.
Packwood Follies are three commissions by artist Hilary Jack entitled InsideOutHouse, Embedded and Hive located around the grounds of National Trust Packwood House, Warwickshire.

– This is the second in a series of blogs from the opening event.

The previous weeks weather had been glorious sunshine, blue sky and fluffy white clouds, today however was different ….rain, not ideal you might think for walking around the grounds of a large country estate but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day sharing lots of laughter, catching up with friends, having fun and puddle splashing! So don’t be put off by the weather, get out and enjoy

Hilary Jack has designed and created beautiful structures from reclaimed objects, chairs, cupboards, draw fronts & windows and turned the “junk” into fantastic works of art. The pieces are staggeringly beautiful, most people would just throw away broken pieces of furniture but Hilary has revived what could be destined to a skip into something that I will certainly be visiting again and bringing my family to see it.

First glimpse of “Embedded”, a giant hand carved four poster Oak bed frame using felled Oak and covered with turf.  Inspired by a quote from the 1930s visitors book, describing Packwood as ‘a house to dream of, a garden to dream in’ it’s another fantastic piece of sculpture by Hilary Jack.
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DSC_0421 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cIf the weather wasn’t quite so wet or I had worn more waterproof clothing I would have layed on the grass bed and looked up at the world. On the next visit that is exactly what I intend to do, the view will be magnificent, laying there looking at the blue sky, imagining clouds into animals & dreaming. Maybe I will feel like the Princess laying on the bed piled high with mattress’ in Hans Christian Anderson’s Princess and the Pea?

Gloomy skies were brightened up with a sea of multicoloured umbrellas!
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– The Packwood Follies was funded by a Cadbury Play Grant, with technical assitance from JP Art Services & Architectural drawings by Melissa Hunt.

Packwood Follies InsideOutHouse – National Trust Packwood House

It was a privilege to be invited by the National Trust to attend the opening of Packwood Follies.
Packwood Follies are three commissions by artist Hilary Jack entitled InsideOutHouse, Embedded and Hive located around the grounds of National Trust Packwood House, Warwickshire.

– This is the first in a series of blogs from the opening event.

The previous weeks weather had been glorious sunshine, blue sky and fluffy white clouds, today however was different ….rain, not ideal you might think for walking around the grounds of a large country estate but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day sharing lots of laughter, catching up with friends, having fun and puddle splashing! So don’t be put off by the weather, get out and enjoy

Hilary Jack has designed and created beautiful structures from reclaimed objects, chairs, cupboards, draw fronts & windows and turned the “junk” into fantastic works of art. The pieces are staggeringly beautiful, most people would just throw away broken pieces of furniture but Hilary has revived what could be destined to a skip into something that I will certainly be visiting again and bringing my family to see it.

Introduction and welcome from Lucy Reid general manager at Packwood House with artist Hilary Jack. DSC_0345 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cFirst glimpse of the InsideOutHouse in the woodland, a timber framed cottage created from recycled and salvaged materials. This sighting felt so magical like I could have been in a fairy tale…Hansel & Gretel, Narnia or even Alice in Wonderland
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It’s homely, rustic, spacious, cosy & dry with a chair in the corner, perfect for storytelling, I can imagine a family living here from long ago.
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– The Packwood Follies was funded by a Cadbury Play Grant, with technical assitance from JP Art Services & Architectural drawings by Melissa Hunt.

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

Susan Guy_PopUpWeddingVillage-EnchantedCardsMocha Mila serves quality coffee and traditional sweets from an adorable vintage caravan.

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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

Susan Guy_PopUpWeddingVillage-HelenAlbornCakesMobile cupcake bar from The Poppy Trading Company their team arrive at your event with their naked cupcake bar ready for you to choose your frosting and topping

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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

DSC_3766_Susan Guy_PopUpWeddingVillageOlive Creations specialise in personalised gifts for every occaision

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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

On trend at Nottingham vintage fair – published in The Guardian

February 14th 2014 was not only Valentines Day but also the day to discover another of my photographs selected into The Guardian, within the “Life & Style” section.
This photograph gained 2nd place (out of 7) causing lots of joy in our household.

Shot handheld with a slow 1/6 shutter I wanted to emphasise the flurry of activity as people perused the rails at the Nottingham Vintage Fair hoping to find their next vintage/retro bargain, perfect dress or latest trend.

The Guardian Trend copyDue to ranking in the top 3 it also gained publication into the weekend magazine.

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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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