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Live life in colour

Sam Bertram

22 April 2016

Avebury’s Fioriblu are all about colour - their handbags, wallets, belts, gloves & other accessories are quality Italian leather goods that make you feel alive.  We spoke to Rachel from Fioriblu to find out more. Firstly tell us a bit about your love of colour ‘My business partner and I are both Scots but studied Italian together in Italy when we were young. The colour you find in Italy has always had a massive influence on us. In parts of Italy like Porto Venere you get beautiful multi-coloured houses on the hillside. You can’t help but feel happy with a spring in your step when you see the houses lit up by the bright sunlight and contrasted against the blue sky. The intensity of colour is fabulous in the countryside too – the bright yellow of sunflowers and the silvery grey of olive tree leaves. Our Scottish heritage is also an influence on the colours we choose. We’re both nature lovers and Scotland has incredible colour in its hills, heather, sky and sea.  I have dark hair so my favourites are lime green and orange. My business partner Heni is fair and blue-eyed so she’s more about the bright blues. There’s no doubt that colour gives you a lift and our accessories are intended to do just that. It’s interesting because my business partner lives in Scotland and sells very different colours to what’s popular in the south. When Heni goes to a fair the brighter colours sell out faster, whereas in the south it’s the reds, blues and purples that go first. Fioriblu means blue flowers in Italian & ‘live life in colour’ is our strapline. So what sort of accessories do you have and in what colours? Our accessories are made of quality Italian leather and we have handbags, belts, gloves and wallets. We’re just about to launch some other accessories – leather pouches / clutch purses for receipts or passports and long pouches that can fit in things like pens or make-up brushes. We also have bright colour tassel keyrings. They are all available in lots of colours for maximum stand out. There are lime greens, olive greens, oranges, reds, pinks, purple, 2 or 3 blues, browns, beige and terracotta. Silver and gold is also on offer for a bit of party fun! Our style is classic, simple and hard wearing. We’re not trying to be trendy or cool but are offering accessible and affordable luxury that people can enjoy. We have an assortment of handbags all named after flowers. . All our handbags have quirky little details in the zips, handles & compartments. Our newest handbag is the Crocus which has different colour and texture combinations. We also have a furry bowling style bag called Mimosa, the Tulip which is a relaxed style, a clutch known as the Forget me not and a classic tote bag called Camomile. The Camomile has a central zipped apartment for your ipad.  Our belts are really popular as they come in so many colours, so there’s something for every occasion and they won’t break the bank either. Where do you sell apart from online? ‘We go to fairs across the country but we would like to explore other retail opportunities. Our customers are really surprised when they discover us. Most people think they have to go to one of the big stores in London to find a decent handbag, wallet or belt but we’re right here in Wiltshire!  www.fioriblu.co.uk  

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Top Bluebell Spots

Sam Bertram

7 April 2016

Startling, bright colours are one of the wonders of nature and no more than the carpet of blue flowers in our woodlands in spring.  It’s nearly Bluebell season and by all accounts the mild winter means they’re already flowering in places. We asked around for people’s favourite bluebell spots in Wiltshire and it’s no surprise we got an overwhelming response. So here  are our recommendations from Wiltshire locals…   1. The top spot goes to West Woods which the majority of people named as their favourite. Situated just outside Marlborough near the village of Lockeridge it’s a beautiful plantation of beech trees on a former ancient woodland site and the bluebells are magnificent. Note for dog owners: In December there were some suspected cases of Albama Rot thought to have been contracted in West Woods. For more information see this link http://ww.forestry.gov.uk/alabamarot    2. Closer to the Dorset border and Tisbury? Bluebells have already been spotted at the Larmer Tree and one local described a magical bluebell wood you can see from the road. Leave Clementine’s Shop, go past Pythouse Kitchen Garden Cafe & Shop and continue to the Bath / Shaftesbury road. Just before the road there is a hump back bridge and to the right a stunning bluebell wood with a stream running through it. (Please note: unknown if on private or public land so please check if investigating!). Win Green near Ludwell is also good as well as Ashmore just over the border in Dorset.   3. On the Wiltshire / Oxon Border you’ll find Badbury Hill near picture perfect Coleshill with its secret Second World War history. Overlooking the Vale of the White Horse it’s an Iron Age fort with a stunning bluebell woodland.   4. Devizes locals love the bluebells that grow alongside white wild garlic at Wheelers Wood on the road between Sandy lane (with its well preserved thatch cottages) & Lacock. Erlestoke wood is also a favourite and bluebells have already been sighted in Potterne wood.   The 32 acre Oakfrith Woodland in Urchfont dates back to the 18th Century and is one of the few remaining areas of significant woodland in the Pewsey Vale. In early spring bluebells cover the woodland floor.   5. If you live a little nearer Bath, Quarry Hill Woodland on Devizes Road in Box has some lovely displays.   6. Closer to Warminster the woods around Longleat are reported to already to have bluebells & if you head to Heaven’s Gate at the top of Prospect Hill you’ll see more while enjoying the views across the parkland of Longleat and Longleat House.   7. Malmesbury locals recommended Sommerford Common as a good spot. Go to Brinkworth and turn up Stoppers Hill towards Minety. It’s an extensive mixed woodland run by The Forestry Commission.    8. On the Wiltshire / Berkshire border the Littlecote grounds have lovely bluebells and a beautiful Roman mosaic and the remains of a Roman Villa, so get your history fix while you’re there.   9. It’s important not to forget our treasured National Trust Properties - Lacock & Stourhead both have displays of bluebells alongside other spectacular spring flowers.   10. Closer to Swindon are Ashen Copse in Wroughton & Pinkcombe wood in Hodson. Quidhampton Woods near Wroughton are on the slopes up to Bincknoll Castle, a hill fort overlooking Swindon. Take in the panoramic views while you get your fix of blue. There's also Hagbourne Copse right in the middle of Swindon.   11. Last year 7000 bluebell bulbs were planted by residents and the council in Milford Hollow near Laverstock in Salisbury so fingers crossed they produce a beautiful display.   12. Around Calne & Chippenham Bowood House opens it’s Woodland Garden from 22nd April where you can see Rhododendrons amongst the bluebells. Mortimers Wood is just south of Chippenham near Pewsham Way – a small area of ancient woodland with recorded history dating back over 800 years.   13. Jubilee Lake in Royal Wootton Bassett has lovely bluebells in its woodlands. Complete with children’s playground and tea rooms you can stay for a bite to eat or enjoy a picnic by the lake.    14. Grovely Wood in Great Wishford is the largest tract of private woodland in Southern Wiltshire straddling the Wyle and Nadder vallies. The carpet of bluebells are stunning - inspired by the display a local Great Wishford resident calls her greeting card business Simply Bluebell.   TAKE NOTE: Hopefully it’ll be dry and the sun beating down but if not don’t forget your umbrella!   Got some more suggestions? Contact us on Twitter or Facebook or email us on hello@localuncovered.com and we’ll add them in.

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