Saturday, 27 April 2019

An Easter Weekend full of my Favourite Things #2

Hi there everyone 😀

Welcome to my second post of Easter ramblings. As you will know we spent Good Friday having fun with David, Alison and Bobby. Saturday was to be a far more relaxed affair.

It was another corker of a day, full sunshine, clear blue skies and the temperature gradually rising over the course of the day.
We got a few errands done early on, leaving us with the rest of the day at home. We pretty much spent it all in the garden, nipping in and out of the shade of the umbrellas, whilst we matched up pots with saucers for the summer, diluted worm tea and gave all of the pots a good water and feed.

The garden is really starting to look lush and green, but there is plenty of colour too, both in the borders ...
Morello cherry, periwinkle, flowering currant, choisya, honeysuckle, honesty, kerria, summer snowflake
... and in the pots ...
Anemone, rhododendron, tree peony, primula
There is plenty of blossom on the trees ...
Lilac, flowering cherry, acer
... and the raised bed on the patio is starting to look really full, with lots of buds coming on the clematis and the rose. The plan was for there to be colour in this bed all year round and so far it's looking promising ...
Camassia, tulips, primulas
There is plenty going on in the greenhouse too. The summer basket plants we potted on are growing well ...

... and the seeds have all pretty much come through with the beans putting on a real spurt over the weekend ...
We didn't spend the whole day working out there though, it was just too hot. There were plenty of breaks with ice lollies from the freezer, cold drinks and a sneaky little read ...
... before enjoying another slow cooker dinner, though, to be fair, a BBQ would have gone down very nicely.

Sunday morning we were up bright and early. We were off to our first craft fair of the year so the car was packed to the rafters with all the paraphernalia needed to set us up for the day, including plenty of pack up and cold drinks.

It was forecast to be another glorious day and we managed to stop and catch a photo of the old colliery wheel in the early morning sunshine on our way ...

The craft fair we went to is a monthly one held at Hoar Park Craft Village. It's in a lovely spot and we've been a few times before. It's always lovely first thing ... dead calm and very quiet ...
 
Once those barn doors open though, at bang on 8.45am, that all changes and there's a bit of a manic hour whilst everyone is unloading and setting up ...
After lots of trips to and from the car for Martin and lots of unpacking boxes and titivating for me we were soon up and ready to go ...


It wasn't the busiest of days, but there was a steady trickle of people wandering round and we managed to sell a few bits and pieces. We more than covered the cost of the stall so overall we were happy with how the day had gone. We'd sat in comfy chairs, had an indoor picnic, chatted to lots of people, had lots of compliments on how nice our stuff was, done the crossword and weren't going home out of pocket, so no complaints from us.

There was also plenty of time for a bit of a wander in the sunshine ... I'm all right as long as I don't leave Martin on his own for too long ...

By the time we'd got home and unpacked the car we were both pretty shattered and just about fit to flop in front of Sunday night TV with a Chinese.

Monday morning and the last day of our long weekend. Martin was back at work for the rest of the week so we wanted to have a fairly slow day.

We started off calling in at Jackie and Phil's to drop off a baby gift that I'd made for Chris and Jenny's baby girl which really is due any time soon ...

From there we headed to a garden centre just the other side of Lichfield, which neither of us had ever visited before. There had been a new zero waste food shop open there over the weekend and I wanted to go and have a look. I was also hoping that it might be a good spot for something to eat whilst we were out and about.

It was definitely a good call for lunch. It was another glorious day and we found the perfect spot to sit for lunch outside, under the shade of a huge umbrella ...

The menu looked interesting and we were spoilt for choice. Martin opted for a burger and I went for a cheese and pickle sandwich with some sweet potato fries. It did take about half an hour for our food to arrive, but it was worth the wait ...

The portion sizes were decent and the food was very, very good ...

We had a good mooch round the garden centre, the craft cabins and the zero waste shop before heading for home, where we spent the rest of the afternoon just chilling out, Martin getting ready for work and me managing a few more rows of the border of my crocheted blanket ...

It had been a real cracker of an Easter weekend and we were both sad to see it end.

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