Gathered Cheer Social in Oxford
On Wednesday I joined a group of bloggers from all over the south for Ruth Garner’s Gathered Cheer event in Oxford hosted and curated by Natasha from Candy Pop. Ruth set up her blog to celebrate everyday joy with friends and family and pursue a creative life. Her events really capture that spirit, if our meet up on Wednesday was anything to go by.
We strolled along the canal catching up with, and chatting to new friends, whilst taking the scenic route into the city from the station. Passed house boats and the back of St Barnabas Church, the 10 of us made our way into Jericho stopping to capture the pretty pastels and quirky terraced houses that line the streets up to Walton Street.
We chatted about the burgeoning indie scene in Oxford, and the varied and creative roles of the group, which included; Ruth of Gathered Cheer, Natasha of Candy Pop, Janice Issitt, Sarah Notes, Harriet from the Old Fire Station, Natasha from Taking A Moment In Time, Heather from Growing Spaces, Fran from Fall for DIY and Abi from Making for Living.
Our first indie stop was the beautiful Illyria Pottery on Walton Street. Katie gave us a tour of her studio and talked through her plans for autumn events and displays, watch this space and THAT window (especially for Lucy Maude the shop cat!)
I find it’s pretty impossible not to walk passed a florist and not see something gorgeous to snap. Loved these mini rose plants at Daisies on Walton Street.
Sticking with a colourful theme, we took a left up Observatory Street full of colourful terraces and pretty doors. This newly painted pink one is my current favourite!
Next up we took the group along North Parade, a lovely little lane of shops nestled in North Oxford, stopping by 2 North Parade to capture their latest seasonal produce which is always so artfully displayed.
It’s great to walk around the city we know so well with a group of people that are new to the city, seeing the picture perfect streets with new eyes. These gorgeous posies at Fabulous Flowers caught our eye, leading us into their wonderful shop brimming with flowers beyond.
Making our way down St Giles into town, chatting about plans for the season ahead, we headed for lunch at Turl Street Kitchen. It’s a great spot for a larger groups in town, and makes a refreshing indie alternative from all the chains. This Goats Cheese and Beetroot Salad was just the ticket!
After a leisurely lunch talking all things blogging from press days, Christmas shoots, finding inspiration and writer’s block, we made our way up Turl Street to Objects of Use and round into the Covered Market on the look out for gourds and September blooms. No trip to Oxford would be complete without a quick walk by the Radcliffe Camera and the Bridge of Sighs before we parted ways.
There is something really inspirational about meeting up with other creatives. We share ideas and give support, enjoying each other’s company as well as making connections. If you would like to join us on a photo walk, come along to our next Oxford instameet to get some inspiration and meet fellow creatives. Join us on October 1st where we’re kicking things off at The Missing Bean Pop Up Cafe at Modern Art Oxford.
If you haven’t visited yet, they will be popping up until 11th October serving their awesome coffee alongside delicious Missing Bean cakes and bakes made by team member Harriet, and tempting lunches freshly made by Celine at The Handlebar Cafe. It’s a great shout for a leisurely weekend coffee.
Love, Rosie xxx