Friday, May 28, 2010

A Little Shop,Fossils And Sir David

Not so long ago, I think I mentioned in a tale, a special shop. Quite secret, treasure filled, the kind of shop you read about in story books or sometimes if you are lucky, see in films. This shop lives in a quiet little town where the seaweed trails across ancient fossils trapped in time...
I would like to share with you 'The Mermaid shop'....

The Mermaid shop lives in The pretty town of Lyme Regis in Dorset. Last weekend when the sun scorced the dry earth and my fairy roses burst into bloom, this is where I was.The Mermaid shop is home to artist LinzieWest. This time I went, I asked if I could take some photo's.
How lucky she is to have such an inspiring work space and magical surrounding to show off her work.

The shop is attached to her studio.

If you are in Lyme Regis or nearby, it's a  must to visit!
                                                                
Of course I didn't just gaze at the Mermaid shop all weekend... I soaked in and absorbed other things that inspired me, as well as sand and sun cream. Fairytale cottages that could live in magic forests in one of my paintings...



I can imagine standing here of a morning and looking out to sea....

The evenings were still and so peaceful.
 And we lost ourselves again in the fossil shelf, which is amazing....



 A lovely weekend, with perfect seaside weather and we even got to see Sir David Attenborough   who  was
filming on the beach whilst we fossil foraged.

This weekend will be quiet and spent at home in the garden.
xx

34 comments:

  1. Hmmmmm wonderful space to make and display art! And cool fossil shelf.

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  2. A shop of wonders! And beautiful architecture! Wonderful places to wander and soak up the past and the present.

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  3. Thank you for sharing that lovely shop! And then those beautiful beach photos...I could stay there forever, I think! Enjoy your weekend! :) Theresa

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  4. No doubt you have returned full of wonderful ideas & inspiration! I know I would :)

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  5. Such an inspiring place.
    Her studio! That light!
    Wonderful.

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  6. I saw Lyme Regis in the winter, on a wild and windy day, and it was wonderful - dark and atmospheric. I will go back one day......

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  7. Fabulous! I must make a point of visiting next time I'm down that way, it looks wonderful!

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  8. Karen you know this is my MOST favourite post of all time! Thankyou SO MUCH for sharing the pictures here. I love the houses along the front too, I walk past them probably more often than I need to, just to get extra looks at them!xx

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  9. I love the Mermaid Shop post, and fell in love with the sign. The artist is very fortunate to have such a shop and studio. Thank you for sharing this.

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  10. Ethereal place for a mermaid to paint :) Thank you for the charming glimpse into Lyme Regis.

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  11. I LOVE reading your blog page...
    ... thank you again and again !

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  12. Thank you for sharing!
    Such a wonderful shop! I really hope to visit this place one day!
    It is very inspiring!
    Suzanne

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  13. What an idyllic spot, a place to inspire one...

    I'd give just about anything to have studio space like that...how could you NOT create good work in there?!

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  14. Ahh, yes, such a perfectly enchanting shop! You're so lucky to have discovered it, Karen. I went to Dorset as a child for summer holidays, and it's wonderful to see these pictures. Thank you for sharing! (^_^) ox

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  15. What an inspiring studio,I would love to visit it one day.
    You were very lucky to have perfect weather.x

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  16. I agree with Jessie there, what a wonderful post! I'm not sure which was the best bit; that enchanting little shop, the cottage, the fossils, or the fact you got to see David Attenborough! An utterly and all round charming read. Thanks!

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  17. Thank you for sharing. It scratched my homesickness bump. I will have to add it to my list of interesting places to see next time (and I so hope there will be a next time) I visit.

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  18. oh beauties, beauties! thank you for sharing dear!

    (I'm especially smitten by the shop sign!)

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  19. What an enchanting Mermaid shop!... and how fun to have chanced upon Sir Attenborough amongst the fossils! A better story one couldn't have dreamed!
    ~ Deb
    Possible Impossibilities Studio

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  20. Oh... and I miss hearing your music playlist. It no longer shows up... just a red x. :-(

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  21. ! Wow! And David Attenborough.. double wow <3 Lyme Regis makes me think of Fowles' 'The French Lieutenant's woman' which is set in this town. The protagonist Charles would collect fossils there. :)

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  22. wonderful.
    Im planning a camping trip along the dorset coast in august and will definately be visiting this little shop.
    thanks for bringing it to my attention x

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  23. Wow looks beautiful and i love the sing of mermaid

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  24. oh wow wow wow! Thank you for showing this!

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  25. The second mermaid I have come across today....
    perahaps it is time to undertake an imaginative piece!
    I love Lyme Regis and Charmouth and have not got there yet this year so thank you for bringing it to life on your charming blog...
    I shall now go and explore a little further :D

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  26. Lyme Regis, how wonderful! Did you insist on jumping off the Cobb like a Jane Austen character?

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  27. You have a Sunshine award. Please stop by to collect it :)

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  28. This looks like the oh so perfect way to spend a weekend, (mind you so is a weekend spent in the garden ;-) such a delicious little shop.

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  29. .I could stay there forever, I think! Enjoy your weekend!
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  30. Love the Mermaid Shop! I've always wanted to visit Lyme Regis--thanks for sharing your photos.

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  31. What a wonderful looking place, Karen!

    -Dean

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  32. How absolutely amazing... I shall have to visit there. Wonder if you know about another fossil beach, Kilve, W Somerset?

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  33. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments xx
    Lizzie.. Kilve..? That sounds familiar somehow? Must go and see :)

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