So after the magical start of my Saturday in Bristol … at Long Ashton and the early rise of all the fantastic balloons – we where taken to my friends, Sam and Camilla’s deli and cafe, “Zest” for a fantastic full English breakfast. The first time I visit their place. Fantastic shop and cafe … plenty customers and guest in cafe. It’s like a local meeting point. Everybody knew everybody. Behind the counter we found Camilla and their youngest son, Oliver. Last time I saw Oliver he was sleeping with mum and dad .. and now a handsome young man. I must be really old.
The breakfast was tasty and well prepared, but I wouldn’t expect anything else from Sam. More people came in for a treat and a chat. Just the place I would love to have … Zest Deli and Café, 130 Stoke Lane, Bristol BS9 3RJ.
Sam took me backstage and out on the little backyard where he had Italian white peach tree, massive blackberry bush (more like a tree) with the biggest berries every and grapes and fresh herbs.
After breakfast Richard and Gil drove us back to our hotel and it was time for Paula and me to split – I was going to meet up with Jo@restlessjo, my blogging sister from Hartlepool and Paula was going to hit the shops.
When I saw Jo – she was just the way I had imaging her … full of energy, blonde, pretty and chatty. Just my type of woman. I had planned for us to have a coffee date at “the Kitchen”, but it was closed but the young man at the reception told us to go to “Cafe Amore” and it was a good advice. We coffee and something with loads of calories. After the we visit M&S – I needed to buy knickers and stay ups. Jo was a good little helper. It was really too warm for any shopping, but I got what I wanted.
Then we went for a walk and a Shaun the Sheep – hunt. This summer Bristol city has placed out 70 Shaun the Sheep sculptures all over the city – created by artists, designers and celebrities, to iconic locations and green spaces across Bristol for the public to enjoy. And the local news paper have created a hunt .. where parent could send in photo of their kids together so many Shaun the Sheep as possible.
One flock of 50 sculptures has been on display in London this spring. Both flocks of Shauns will go to auction later in the year, with funds raised from the 70 Bristol sculptures going to The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity and funds raised from the 50 London sculptures benefiting Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, supporting children in hospitals across the UK.
Shaun in the City is brought to Bristol by the team that created the award-winning Gromit Unleashed, which saw Aardman’s lovable canine sidekick Gromit help raise £5 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital
Jo and I did some hunting too, I think she have got most of them … I have only captured a few. My favorite is the “Lamb Chop” by Duncan Craig at the Bristol Bus and Coach Station. What a lovely idea and everybody just love Shaun … both kids and adults. It kept everybody busy. I think it’s possible to join the flock too.
“Bristol was the fifth most heavily bombed British city of World War II. The presence of Bristol Harbour and the Bristol Aeroplane Company made it a target for bombing by the German Luftwaffe who were able to trace a course up the River Avon from Avonmouth using reflected moonlight on the waters into the heart of the city.
Between 24 November 1940 and 11 April 1941 there were six major bombing raids. In total Bristol received 548 air raid alerts and 77 air raids with:
919 tons of high-explosive bombs plus many thousands of incendiary bombs dropped in clusters
1299 people killed, 1303 seriously injured and 697 rescued from the debris of bombed buildings
89,080 buildings damaged including 81,830 houses completely destroyed and over 3,000 rendered unusable and later demolished.” (text: wikipedia.org)
Jo and I walked right into the Temple Church ruins that today stands as a memorial over the Bristol Blitz. We also walked through the St Nicholas Market, but it was far too hot inside for us to truly enjoy. The air was standing still – but I manage to capture some wedding photography that was going on in a hat stall. The market is something I will visit next time I’m back in Bristol and hopefully when the weather is less hot.
I must admit that I was really tired in the afternoon, after been up since 5am – to get ready for the morning take off … of the hundreds of hot air balloons. And the warm weather really took a toll on me and I really needed a nap before dinner at the Glass Boat in the evening. Jo was full of energy still and walked me all the way back to my hotel .. and after that she was going on new adventures. What a lady.
I manage to get a 35 minute nap before it was time to get serious for the evening and a fantastic dinner.
“Where the sheep is greater than the man – Me!”
Shaun the Sheep