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Fishink in Dorset Part 3. Sherborne, Child Okeford, Eric Ravilious, Liz Somerville and Bath in Somerset.

March 2, 2012

A few last memories to share with you from my travels of last week. Firstly the pretty ochre coloured, Ham Stoned, Sherborne.  The architectural writer Sir Simon Jenkins calls Sherborne “the prettiest small town in Dorset”.   It’s a historic, unspoilt town with two castles (one built by Sir Walter Raleigh), a lake and a magnificent Abbey.

Another pretty village is Child Okeford and we found the church there bathed in late afternoon light.

Some stunning countryside around that area too.

I looked back at some of the work of Eric Ravilious today and not only understood why he loved this area of the country so much and continued to paint it over and over again, but also why I felt a such a strong connection both to the area and also to his work.

Then at the end of what has been a stunning week away, we stopped off at Bath in Somerset for a quick hot legged look at the city. I like how they treat their painted lions.

Whilst preparing these blogs this week, I also came across the amazing work of Dorset artist Liz Somerville who’s work also reminds me of the sheer beauty of this area. Especially the coast and undulating green hills and valleys. Liz is inspired by the work of Ravilious, Paul Nash and Edward Bawden and quite bizarrely has an exhibiton on in Child Okeford at The Art Stable, this is on now until March 25th so if you’re in the area do pop along.

And so we headed home, with just two quick pictures taken on the motorway drive back to Manchester, to remind me what a magical week can be like.

Thanks again to my fab partner for the inspiration and surprise week away in the first place.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2012 1:41 pm

    Fascinating post – thanks. I will definitely look up Liz Somerville. If you’re a Ravilious fan you might be interested in my blog/books… I think you go to the blog if you click on my name.

    • March 2, 2012 1:47 pm

      Hi James, Many thanks for your comments. Funnily I had come across your name when I was compiling this blogpost too lol. I’m a huge Ravilious fan and will definitely be reading your blog too when I can gather some free time. Thanks for reminding me and welcome to my post too.

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