This post is a little overdue, its about a new book that I recently discovered on my jaunts around the Cotswolds, and you’ve probably gathered by now that its about the Cotswolds, its also been adorning the silver pouffe in my living room for the last few weeks, looking ever so smart and managing to avoid the clutches of the teething terror!
COTSWOLDS UNCOVERED is a beautiful little coffee table accompaniment about unique people, places and landscapes.
It’s the brainchild of Charles Birchmore, a professional photographer who lives in Cheltenham but works all over the UK.
About 6 months ago he embarked on a project to create a small book of his own take on the Cotswolds. Essentially it is a book about what makes the Cotswolds unique in words and pictures. It is printed on uncoated paper and has a lovely matt look and here it is in all of its glory, doing just that, being quite simply a beautiful addition to any self respecting coffee or bedside table where it can be kept to grab at any odd time to take a glimpse of the incredible area that we live in.
Find out more about the fabulous David Lewis of Cherry Press and his Heidelberg printing machine affectionately named ‘Marigold’ which printed my very own Wedding stationary back in 2014. David continues to go from strength to strength and is now commissioned to create his bespoke, letterpress stationary from around the world, considered as one of the best in the business. I can vouch for this, he and his wife Amie run a smooth operation surrounded by quirky, design-orientated and affordable gifts and copious amounts of funky stationary to bring delight to your desk.
You can also marvel at the creative genius of Louise Pocock, another Cotswold craftswoman and boutique milliner making superb hats from her Chipping Campden studio. One of the best hatters in the country, you can’t go far wrong finding a hat for any occasion or season. I dream of Louise one day making a hat for me and must get onto the husband about it for next year’s birthday gift! I think it would have to feature some leopard print, just like the one behind her in the pic below.
Take a sneak peek into well known Cotswold residences such as Kelmscott Manor, the much loved country home of Designer William Morris or the Jacobean Manor House at Stanway which stuns it’s visitors every year featuring the highest gravity fountain in the world. Or simply stare wide eyed at the breathtaking landscapes that this unique and celebrated area has to offer.
If all of that doesn’t hit the spot then knowing where to find the best ales and meals around will do, like The Plough at Kingham, an easy stone’s throw from Daylesford Organic Farm has an award winning epitome of the Cotswold Inn.
Cotswolds Uncovered sells at the very reasonable price of £10 so would make a perfect extra gift or stocking filler for a lover of the Cotswolds, or how about a great little gift to take with you when you go to supper with friends, along with the wine of course!
If you find out something of interest within it’s pages and you are drawn to the Cotswolds as a thanks to this lovely book then Charlie will be a happy man with a mission accomplished, straight from the heart of the place he holds so dear.
To find out more about Charles Birchmore you can visit his website www.birchmore.co.uk