Avon Mills near Loddiswell. From the website I see that the 'Independent' newspaper rates this garden centre quite highly too. There, my friends often multi-task, first snatching a bite in the cafe and then egg each other to spend lots of money to adorn their own miniature versions of Eden.
They've been so ecstatic about these slate pots that I decided to join them the other day on a midday jaunt and see these fantastical objects for myself. After all, they're now half price and I thought from the rave reviews that I was receiving that they might have a potential use in my forthcoming gardening project. So armed with a credit card and fortified with macaroni cheese from the cafe I headed out into the sales areas to behold these things of beauty that I would not be able to resist.
But I was a little disappointed on two counts. The picture in my mind was of containers with a smoother polished finish. These have a pleasant but subdued hue. although I'm told that they glisten beautifully when wet. I'd also imagined that they'd be something that were made using a technique which I could replicate myself whereas in fact I think that I'd be able to build customised and, indeed, glossier versions myself. Isn't it funny when you've built something up differently in your mind and the reality turns out to be different? So my purse remained firmly shut and instead of coming away, like Mr Metrosexual, with a car struggling up the hills with its bootload of pots, I've just come away with photos that provide yet more inspiration for future crafting projects.