Tuesday 24 April 2012

...swimmin' an' ablowin', warpin' an' aweavin'...

'Silverfish' - pen & ink and watercolour
Just beyond the Isle of Eels, in the Cambridgeshire village of Haddenham there is  a doorway which leads you into the vivid markets and bazaars of Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan and all points east. A veritable Alastair's Cave - if you will - of hand carved furniture, tribal masks, exotic musical instruments, lavish rugs and kilims. 
Alastair Hull's Haddenham Gallery also has an art gallery showcasing the talents of local artists, a sculpture garden, a workshop, artists studios' and - phew! - an exciting gift shop. Amongst the handmade jewelry, ceramics, and textiles, the gallery also sells greetings cards, original artwork, and limited edition prints.
'Denver Gatehouse' - pen & french sepia ink
Having sent off a sample package of selected cards and prints to the gallery a week or so ago, I was pleased to receive a phone call from Melinda last Friday. Deluxe editions of my prints such as 'Silverfish' and 'Denver Gatehouse' can be now be purchased alongside curious articles and artifacts from far flung Asia!
How could I forget the tea shop? 
Where else - immersed in all this paraphernalia - can you enjoy mediterranean paninis and tortillas, homemade cakes, scones and flapjacks, fairtrade coffee, and not only imported Kandula tea from Sri Lanka - but also english builders' tea?
 And, yes - all ingredients locally sourced.

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