Welcome to blue-ginger and our showcase for talented artists and craftspeople.
Our gallery is situated in the grounds of a timber framed farmhouse just four miles from the Malvern Hills. We offer a beautiful and diverse range of products specially selected to suit a range of budgets. Limited edition cards, prints, pottery, paintings and even hand-crafted chocolate can all be found here. And in addition to serving fair-trade coffee and tea, we also offer homemade cakes and delicious light lunches.
Adjacent to the main gallery, you will find contemporary jewellery by SilverFish Designs and the specialist services of
mi-frame picture framing. These, together with our Summer House display space and the events that regularly take place, make blue-ginger a very special place to visit. We hope to see you soon.
After 35 years of living and working in this beautiful place I’ve decided to put Home End Farm and blue-ginger gallery on the market. I hope to hand over the guardianship of this Grade II listed house and the renovated barn that’s been blue-ginger gallery, to people who will love and nurture it – and to that end, I have asked Allan Morris estate agent to look for new owners in the New Year.
The events of 2020 have given me plenty of time for reflection but also the opportunity to develop blue-ginger in a way I hadn’t anticipated and the desire to look forward to changes. The website shop which opened at the start of the March lockdown with huge help and support from local friends, has been great. I’ve learned so much about grasping the technology I’d been avoiding and giving a human face to the blue-ginger space on the internet.
I’m reluctant to reopen the physical gallery in the post Covid Lockdown era we find ourselves in. We’ve had so much fun and camaraderie here, both with the artists’ network and with the growing customer support base and there are some wonderful memories for me to cherish.
Many friendships have been made and the events have kept the gallery buzzing. There was the series of regular Singapore Suppers, evening bee talks by author Bridget Strawbridge and Robert Cross , the Chairman of the Herefordshire Beekeepers, Polly Higgins the charismatic eco lawyer, evenings of classical guitar recitals by David Jaggs, a folk night with visiting American musicians, the local acapella band Sasscapella, book launches for Celestine and the Hare, talks and events with artist and author Jackie Morris (of the Lost Words fame) and author Nicola Davies, talks by glass artist Tamsin Abbott and other exhibiting artists, Japanese tea ceremonies and kimono demonstrations, events with visiting Tuareg artisans from Timbuktu in Mali, Italian for Fun, Singing for Fun, Creative writing, the annual creative Marquee of Making - a fest of arty crafty workshops… to name but a few.
The inauguration and ten years of the Cradley Small Business Breakfast with our resident jeweller, Carol James of Silverfish Designs and the brilliant framer next door, Miles Meager (who gave us such a bright and cheery start to the day that, together with my breakfasts, people turned up at 7.30 am through rain and snow drifts).
Play readings by Cradley Players, and a brilliant performance of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to accompany our Alice in Wonderland exhibition with speakers Mark Russell Richards and John Vernon Lord.
And of course, about 15 years of our annual charity auction which has raised over £34,000- ‘Small Art for Acorns Children’s Hospice’.
Another special memory, not a year missed until 2020, has been Herefordshire Art Week and the regular team of talented and enthusiastic artists who more or less lived here for 9 days every September and brought a special life and a buzz to the house and gardens with their creativity.
And of course, there are all the special people who have worked here and helped me to run the gallery and café and helped with events.
So many amazing memories.
This year I realised how tired and exhausted I had been. It’s not an excuse… but I’m not getting any younger. The gallery swallowed up my whole life and now I’d like more time for family, friends and getting out and about (when that becomes possible) and nurturing my own health.
I’ve lived here for 35 years and I want to hand the guardianship of this lovely house and land on to the next people who will love and nurture it. Before blue-ginger, I ran a small English school here for overseas children who were about to enter mainstream education in the UK or who just wanted to enjoy a language school holiday in this beautiful part of England. I have many friends from the teachers and host families and former students (all grown up now and many with children of their own) from the days of Home End School. Up until this year there’s often been unexpected visitors to the gallery who greeted me with “Do you remember me?!”... and of course, how could I forget them! It’s been a privilege to keep in touch with so many of them and to see how they’ve grown up and made their way in the world.
It would be wonderful if a buyer comes along who sees a future for the development of blue-ginger, or a similar business based on what has been created here over the last 16 years.
In the meantime, I’ll happily continue with the website shop and supporting the art community through social media and sales.
And I just want to thank all you people, from Home End School days and blue-ginger gallery days, who’ve created this wonderful woven memory that will always be part of the fabric of this beautiful old house, and which I’ll be able to take away in my heart.
And we’ll have to wait and see what good memories 2021 can bring for us all.
With lots of love
Here’s my end-of-the year gift to all of you: my secret recipe for the blue-ginger
gluten-free pear and ginger cake!
PEAR & GINGER
Gluten-Free and Vegan
250 gm vegan spread
200 gm brown or muscovado sugar
1/2 jar stem ginger chopped into small pieces with 1/2 of the syrup
200 gm ground almonds
100 gm polenta
100 gm rice flour
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Enough almond milk or other dairy-free milk to mix
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together. At the end add a capful of white vinegar
Put into a paper-lined cake tin
Slice a large pear (or two small ones) and arrange on the top
Chop some crystallised ginger and scatter over the pears
Dot some ginger jam in the gaps between the pears
Bake at about 190 degrees for about an hour or until cooked
Delicious as a pudding with a vegan creme fraiche or ice cream. Of course, if you’re not vegan you can replace vegan spread with butter and serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or custard or ice cream.