Having done the coastal route on Saturday, on Monday I set off inland, alone this time as Kirsty was at school.
I decided that it would be a good idea to go to the furthest point first and work my way back, so I covered about forty miles to get to the absolutely brilliant Peel Farm. Despite it being open all year, I had never heard of this place before reading the AOS brochure. It's an absolute gem!
Above and below are photos of the shop - light and airy with an interesting mixture of crafts and homewares.
Here's the farm shop where I treated the family to a punnet of extra-yummy strawberries, first crop of the season.
I had a delicious lunch and took home some cup cakes for tea time - they had a great selection, including some with a Blue WKD icing! There's a play area, walks and even a duck pond, so it's a great place for everyone to visit. I'll definitely be back with the rest of my family one sunny Sunday!
In the shop I bought these locally made, coiled fabric bowls to keep some of my sewing bits & bobs in.
From there I travelled back home via Kirriemuir, Tannadice and Edzell. At Tannadice there were a few exhibitors at this lovely church venue.
View from the churchyard.
Inside there was a mixture of paintings and all kinds of crafts. The artist who really caught my eye was Love and Peas - she has an interesting, quirky style that I love. Kirsty's really interested in book binding and is working on her own creation at the moment. I bought this gorgeous journal from Love and Peas for me to use and for her to be inspired by!
In Edzell I visited Amy Mason's studio. Amy's a lovely lady who makes beautiful jewellery in silver clay and I'm delighted to say that she'll soon be bringing some over to Starfish Studio.
In total over the two days I visited a total of 21 artists and makers (some sharing venues) which is a pretty good result!
So that's it over until the same time next year. It seems to have been a resounding success - it can't be easy to launch an event like this from scratch, so congratulations to all involved!
I've been spoiled recently with the Fife and Angus Open Studios to visit - during North East Open Studios I never get a chance to visit anyone else. Before we know it it'll be time for NEOS again - September isn't really that far away!