We've been in Rutland for the weekend - for a wonderful wedding of our friends Connie and Tom. In a strange sense, Connie is familiar to every one of our readers - she's the brilliantly talented graphic designer who designed our website when Bridie and I re-planned everything a couple of years ago now.
It was the happiest craziest most fun party we'd been to for, well, at least a year (since our own wedding party, of course, down in Dorset) and even more fun to explore a completely new part of the world; the beautiful, serene, green Heart of England.
We started in Uppingham, the tiny market town near Connie's house... having a perfect Saturday morning mooch around this little place with, seemingly, hardly a chain store in sight and a thriving number of small independent butchers, bakers and bookstores. And this brilliant Ironmongery shop complete with gloss green and cream shopfront.