Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Joy in the Everyday Ordinary - June, 1-10

Hi there everyone πŸ˜€

We seem to have been out and about all over the place since we've been back from The Llyn Peninsular. To finish off May we had our random meander around the Leicestershire countryside and a visit to Shugborough Hall, which I still have to tell you about.

It's only 10 June and we've already managed to visit Tissington in Derbyshire for the annual well dressing festival and we've also had our annual catch up with a group of old work friends, this time in Broadway in The Cotswolds, where we weren't totally thwarted by the typical British weather and managed to get out and do a bit of exploring.

The rain is most definitely set in for this week, which has put the mockers on a planned visit to Hidcote and Kiftsgate gardens, but to be honest, I think both Martin and I have been glad of being able to just spend a bit of time at home, before he is back into work for the next two weeks. We might even have a sneaky afternoon of binge watching the second series of Killing Eve πŸ˜€
Day 1 - The first Saturday of the month is always craft group at the church at the top of the road. It's a lovely way to spend a morning. Lots of lovely ladies just chatting, crafting, drinking tea and eating the odd bit of cake. In between seeing what everyone else was up to I cracked on with another set of this 'dad's shirt' bunting, ready for my next craft fair.
Day 2 - After spending the morning on a long overdue tidy up, I spent the afternoon doing some button art, which I haven't done in absolutely ages. I always seem to be inspired to do more crafts after I've been to my craft group.
Day 3 - Today we had a bit of a big day out. It was my first visit to a Derbyshire well dressing festival. We spent the morning in Tissington village, looking at the wells. This one is the 'Coffin Well' tucked away, pretty much in someone's back garden. We moved on for the afternoon and headed over to Ilam Hall, where the sun came out and we spent a lovely couple of hours sitting in the tea room garden and having a bit of a wander by the river. 
Day 4 - This rose has just been absolutely beautiful this year πŸ’œπŸŒΈπŸ’œ
Day 5 - All of a sudden it is looking like it will be another bumper year for blueberries πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ
Day 6 - We were off to Broadway for a long weekend, for our annual catch up with old work friends. It's the eighth year we've done it and we always have a great time. We always tend to try and visit somewhere on the way and this year we made our first ever visit to Sudeley Castle. I will tell you lots more about it in a separate post, but it was absolutely beautiful. This photo is one of my favourites as the sky looks very foreboding. Look the other way and it was blue skies and sunshine.
Day 7 - Today, it rained pretty much for the whole of the day. We had a walk up the High Street in Broadway, mooching in the little shops, trying our best to avoid the rain. Obviously there were call ins at tea shops and pubs too.
Day 8 - The rain held off for the afternoon and we managed to find the ROC Listening Post up by the Broadway Tower. Too unfit to go down, but we always love to find one of these.
Day 9 - Time to head for home and, whilst it's always good to get home, I will certainly miss having this view from my bedroom window.
Day 10 - We had all kinds of plans for outside today, but rain most definitely stopped play and we were confined to barracks. I took this photo on a visit to Packwood house a fair few years ago and I've recently shared it on a Facebook group that I'm a member of. So far it's had 333 likes, loves or wows!

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