In April we went to the free Secret Garden exhibition organised by the Milestone Trust at the Paintworks in Bristol which was designed to “bring the outdoors imaginatively indoors, and explore the way in which people interpret and play with green spaces”.
Entering through the enchanted forest of hanging trees, we followed the needle-felt sculpture trail, through the graffiti tunnel to the beautiful secret garden with its knitted and crocheted plants.
Look at these sweet sunflowers and pom-pom tree:
A treehouse city:
Knitted vegetables and a knitted fruit tree:
As we left the Paintworks, I admired these Airstream Caravans and the cool urban landscape:
Stopping for a picnic lunch, we popped across the road to Arnos Vale Cemetry to discover it’s famous yarn bomb trail. Arnos Vale Cemetry is steeped in Bristolian history – it was established by the Victorians in 1837 providing 45 acres of heritage and a rare wildife haven in the city. My great great grandparents are buried there. The cemetery is open every day all year round with “visitors being free to wander the site’s extensive network of paths, watch seasonal change and nature, discover the fascinating stories told on gravestones, pay respect to lost loved ones or heroes, follow a themed trail or sit and contemplate in a tranquil setting. Visitors can also take advantage of an ever-expanding range of exhibitions, self-guided trails, guided walks and events”.
As we set off, the start of the trail looked really quite promising….
Squeals of delight could be heard as my girls discovered the various wooly delights on display on a pretty primrose lined path that led down to the Atrium Cafe…..
Before our journey home, someone I know who really likes to crochet might just have left a little something behind…. I wonder if its still there!?
Our other wooly adventures in April took us to beautiful Wales and an annual visit to Wonderwool Wales. Another great family day out. I didn’t take quite as many photos as I did last year. Here are a few favourite snaps from our day:
Obligatory welsh icecream from Llanfaes Dairy in Brecon (Blackcurrant flavour incase you are wondering!?):
Giant knitting needles and kits available from Abergwenllan :
A fantastic crocheted ripple blanket incorporating wool from 44 British Sheep Breeds from Eden Cottage Yarns (there are more details and photos on the ECY blog if you are interested):
An adorable ‘knit your own fox’ from BomBella Knit Kits:
And lovely vintage knitting accessories:
There was also an amazing knitted garden on display:
We drove home through some spectacular scenery in Mid Wales:
And headed home over the Severn Bridge:
April was certainly a yarn-filled month.
Have a great weekend; I’ll leave you with a photo of some cheery Spring daffodils!