Made By Mrs M

A flying visit to Bristol...

Kate Marsden

Last weekend Mr M and I headed off for a child-free couple of days in one of my favourite places, Bristol. The weather on the Saturday didn’t really lend itself to my usual colour hunting photography session (much to Mr M’s relief!) but the sun came out the next day.

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We stayed at the beautifully refurbished Avon Gorge Hotel, which is now part of the Hotel du Vin chain, as a 40th birthday present from my best friend. It was just lovely - a really cozy room with great views and brilliant food. I suspect we’ll be back!

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On Saturday we headed down the hill into town in the rain (my first time in a rainy Bristol - it’s OK, I still like it…) and went to see the Ruth and Brendan of I Am Acrylic in their gorgeous shop on the Christmas Steps. They’ve been open for nearly a year but it was the first time I’d made it down there so we had the tour and then bought lots of stuff (of course!).

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Other than that Saturday was mostly about eating!! On Sunday morning we got out into the sunshine and I did manage to take a few photos around Clifton…

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As we’d had a very substantial breakfast at the hotel, we skipped lunch and drove about an hour south from Bristol to Bruton and the Hauser & Wirth Somerset gallery. I’d been hoping to visit ever since it opened, but it’s quite a long way from home (and to be honest, in the middle of nowhere) so we had to combine it with something else. Well worth the detour though - it’s an absolutely beautiful spot with some great artwork on display. We’ll definitely be back the next time we’re in the viscinity.

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And then it was time to collect the small boy. A whistlestop trip but it’s always nice to be in Bristol. I think I need to make it an annual occurence!