One of the best perks about being a Wedding Photographer is to see parts of the world you might never have travelled to. I simply adore getting asked to quaint places such as the Cotswolds to get a bit of country air. So if asked I always make sure to take a little tour after breakfast the next day to get some snaps and / or pop in a few shops, and that is exactly what I did when photographing a wedding in Tetbury!
Tetbury is a small town situated in Gloucestershire and to my delight it is FULL of boutique shops! And not just any, but exactly the kind I like, home decor stores and fashion. There are essential pitstops between holding delicious cafes and restaurants, this however is torture when only visiting for a couple of hours as you can’t try them all like you can the shops.
The Grade 1 listed, fine-stoned architecture still stands today thanks to fruitful wool merchants business from 400 years ago. Recorded history goes back some 1300 years with the location being on top of a hill, so held a useful hill fort keeping pesky imposters at bay and I assume people settled from there and prospered. (I’m no historian but this is what I gathered!)
During my visit I popped into a home décor and lifestyle store named ‘Domestic Science’ and they had many of my favourite brands, Rains, Superga, Austin Austin and more. Just a few of my favourite things too, cushions, candles, fashion, beauty products and stationary. I tried on a couple of things but in the end my budget was persuaded to some velvet cushion covers. The staff were super friendly and helpful. After my little retail therapy I stopped by a café called the Blue Zucchini for a spot of lunch. The food was delish and a great spot for people watching. Even on a Monday it was lively. So flustered by the loveliness of the visit, I bought a cake to eat whilst driving home and I forgot it on the counter. I like to think somebody got some free cake that day. Waste not want not!
After that I had to drive home and on my walk back to the car, and low behold an old steam tractor rode by, and on its trailer a Border Collie posed amongst some hay stacks!
I do hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed my brief visit. Thanks Tetbury!