I forgot how I found out about Woodthorpe Tropical House, but I can remember how excited I got! The park is about 15 minutes drive away. So last weekend, despite the rain there was a window of few hours’ sunshine and I grabbed the opportunity to head over and give it a good exploring…
nikon f4, kodak gold 200, developed by carmencita film lab
I am very lucky to live pretty close to Wollaton Deer Park. When we got our first car, I was in hurry to visit with film camera in my hands.
It is huge and gorgeous, and just at the beginning of my first visit I spotted a big group of beautiful red deer sitting under the trees, which seemed to be friendly. Not friendly friendly but it is clear that they are used to being around with people. After a while, there were another group of deer – they were smaller and skipping across the fields avoiding people. I recognised them from my New Forest trip that they were fallow deer. I was pleased to see that there are conservation areas so deer and smaller animals still have their homes.
There are safety measures we need to be aware of when visiting to look at deer. Here is an extract from the website –
“The deer are very attractive to look at but it is important to remember that deer are wild animals and must be treated with respect. During the rutting (mating) season during September and October, each stag is very protective of his own group of hinds. During calving season in June and July, the natural instinct of the deer is to protect their young. Hinds and does with young may appear aggressive if approached. Any person or animal invading their space at any time may be attacked as the stags will defend their group. During such periods we would advise dog walkers to keep their distance and ensure that dogs are kept on leads at all times. Please do not feed, touch, or photograph the deer at close proximity.”
There is also a massive lake, a rather smelly one though. I walked all the way around the lake and there were some wooded areas along the way. I couldn’t take photographs due to a film roll being used up and was too poor to put in one more! The cost of developing pains me.
This beautiful park is becoming a place I visit twice monthly (if there wasn’t for parking charge I would probably visit more than that!). If I am to walk there, Google Maps says it will take an hour and 15 minutes (longer than this if I am to bring Aneurin due to needing eye contact to sign to each other!) and I would love to do the few hours of ‘circular walk’ on one of my Sundays! :)
Heading to the city to buy art supplies, I grabbed an opportunity to head over at Cobden Chambers and find a little shop full of independant magazines, books, and stationery, Ideas on Paper. I have been wanting to visit since I moved here in Nottingham last February.
“We bring a thought provoking and collectible selection of magazines, journals, and books to Nottingham; independent titles on fashion, art, culture, design, business, economics, food, wine and travel, are complemented by a range of stationery, enabling you to get your ideas on paper.”
It is no doubt one of my favourite shops. Every wall was nearly covered with magazines and I was in awe exploring and spotting familiar names, such as Cereal and Kinfolk. I went in with an intention to buy few magazines – I wanted to stock up something new in my magazine box alongside Artists & Illustrators and Oh Comely, which has been my usual reads for years. Being a typically indecisive person, I wavered over which ones I wanted to bring home for ages and I eventually chose Puss Puss (I couldn’t not buy it after finding out it has a feline element! Crazy cat lady here *waves*) and two issues of Uppercase, which I have heard a lot about but haven’t got my hands on them yet.
I have to mention that the customer service I received in the shop was absolutely fantastic – the best so far. Alex, an owner of the shop, approached and greeted me. Even after he realised I was deaf, rather than running away (the usual response I get) he took my heavy shopping bags off me and offered me the chair so I could take my time reading and choosing. He also picked few magazines he thought I may like, Puss Puss being included in the pile. I instantly felt comfortable, and not rushed to buy and leave the shop. Because I struggle to intergrate with hearing society, I was really touched by Alex’s efforts to make me feel involved and relaxed with good reading materials in front of me.
If you are ever at Nottingham, I’d recommend putting Ideas on Paper on your must-visit list!
You can find Ideas on Paper in Cobden Chambers, Nottingham and online:
Last November, we visited Manchester for Aneurin’s second Algorave gig. While he was in the hotel room getting prepared for his big night, I took an opportunity to explore the city, with Manchester Craft & Design Centre on the top of my list.
The centre is just fantastic – a big Victorian building (that used to be fish market building) contains many ‘studio shops’, where artists create and sell at the same time. Amazing, right? I could see myself having a studio shop one day when I am older and can afford it. Still enjoying having a home studio and travelling across towns for art markets!
Enjoy my pictures below and click on the pictures (of studios/shops) to check out their artists. See the rest of the makers over at MCDC website here.
On the right of above picture: Devine’s Design