West is best

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West is best in my books and last weekend was no exception down in Tormarton, Gloucestershire with friends.  We hopped in the car to Chipping Sodbury to forage for weekend supplies from the market.  The cooks had only one recipe in mind; game pie.

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This stall sold lovingly restored old tools.

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We found this little chap having a post ham sandwich snooze under the stall. 

Hmmm, future brides meets Strictly come dancing.....

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Loved the simplicity of the navy and white canopy and clean font of this local butcher.  Complete with sash windows and tiles from a bygone era.

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We then stumbled across the Purple Parrot shop further along the High St and things took a bizarre turn.  I promise ( after two posts of dolls houses) I didn't even know this shop existed. Gideon, the only male in the group broke loose and ran terrified.  I can't say I blamed him, but frankly he missed out, so I hope he is reading this.  A veritable cornucopia for a fantasy world I'm starting to realise some take very seriously.

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Of course doll's keep pet rabbits in hutches....

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Your dream kitchen kitchen, an AGA at an affordable price.....

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Miniature brass fire accessories....

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Knowing your scale be it 1/12 or 1/16 is essential as I soon found out....

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Dinner service anyone?

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Katie bought the Saturday papers....

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These cards took it to a new level and just about finished me off.

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I'm glad to see that husband and wife team Caz and Stu are on facebook and even dress dolls up in their own purple uniforms.

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Even going as far as the rice bucket challenge, rice not ice for dolls....get it?!!!!  It's the sort of niche and esoteric independant shopkeeping that we do well at in this country,  I laughed like a drain pipe that afternoon. It certainly beats the socks off an afternoon looking at sat navs on Amazon!