The main reason for my visit was the Jackie Morris exhibition at New Brewery Arts. It was a wonderful exhibition, filled with colour and magic. I felt a tremendous sense of peace and contentment looking at her beautiful watercolours.
I also ate a delicious lunch at New Brewery Arts, a halloumi wrap with a big serving of salad. Then I explored some of their makers workshops.
I saw glass blowing in progress at LOCO Glass, which was amazing, and was captivated by the stunning stained glass of Daniella Wilson-Dunne.
Outside, there were hares. The mosaic hare which I remember walking across as a tiny child...
and the beautiful lady hare hybrids of Sophie Ryder.
There were details to notice everywhere.
Close to the hare, what seemed to be a castle rose up from a residential street of chocolate box cottages. It was a barracks, now used as an event space.
At the end of the day, I found a place that has crept into my dreams many times. It was bizarre to find this half remembered spot, a simple place that has been turned into something surreal and otherworldly by my subconscious.
It was a long journey to get to Cirencester, but I'm glad I went. Seeing the work of Jackie Morris in the paint has been a dream of mine since I first discovered her art, and wandering the town laid a few ghosts to rest. It is like something is completed now, and there is no need to go back. On to the next phase of life.