We were thrilled to have Kuwait-based visual artist Ghadah Alkandari come and stay at The Grove Cottages again, following her visit in September of this year, when she stayed in Rose Cottage in Edwardstone. This time Ghadah brought her family with her and they stayed in one of our newest cottages (well, new to us, it’s actually 600 years old!) Brook Cottage in Dedham. The Alkandari family arrived by train at Manningtree Station and took a short taxi ride to their cottage in the centre of the pretty village of Dedham. While they were there, they explored the countryside that John Constable loved so much and which inspired him to paint some of his most well known work, such as The Hay Wain and Willy Lotts’ Cottage. No wonder that a creative person like Ghadah would be attracted to an area so beloved of many artists through the centuries. Ghadah’s art appeared in unexpected places! Her work is bold, beautiful….and big. Ghada has written a lovely blog post about her holiday and you can see more of her fabulous paintings on her website: http://www.ghadahalkandari.com/ Thank you to Ghada and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Photos used with kind permission.