I recently spent a weekend with Loui in Henley and had such a great time.
I arrived armed with homemade plonk (thanks to Yvonne) and a chocolate Guinness cake (thanks to Nigella). The cake rocks, forget the goo and just eat it warm from the oven with a big dollop of greek yoghurt. Could there be a connection between my newly remembered fondness for cake and the shrinkage that seems to have befallen my favourite jeans?
After a surprisingly lively Friday night in Shiplake, we headed gingerly up towards Waterperry Gardens, where I wanted to see the tools museum since it was featured in World of Interiors a couple of years ago. I even went to Art in Action that summer hoping to to see both, and landed on the one and only day the museum has ever closed early. We stopped at Lassco on the way for a rummage in the the salvage yead and discovered the joy of a fabulous cafe serving delicious food on vintage french cafe tables with proper linen and no fuss.
So I was already in heaven long before I got to the tools museum, which is just wonderful. Gordon the curator knows far too much about the marvels of old hand tools, and is full of stories and demos. The gardens are beautiful too, and since Loui designs such things (www.louiseshawgardens.co.uk) she was in heaven too. A perfect day out for a pair of arty farty gardening girlies. I insisted on a thorough look in the little church, which was great but meant we missed the teashop, so I’d almost passed out by the time we got home to a lazy dinner watching The Science of Sleep.
Further Sunday fun was had with a leafy walk and a whopping roast at the Row Barge – what more could a girl want?