From Lake side decks and country houses to golden wheat fields and city exploring I think we managed to squeeze in rather a lot of amazing things in the three weeks we have been away. I can’t say it was all plain sailing what with the pesky weather playing it’s part in dampening our spirits a little and a rather nasty tummy bug that caught me by surprise. All that said it was our Summer holiday adventure and with all it’s ups and down we thoroughly enjoyed it and want to do it all again with a little more sunshine and no sick!
Our first leg was to our spiritual home the Lake District with it’s moody mountains and deep waters, we love it so very much. One of the many highlights this year was to swim and canoe in and on Ullswater both exhilarating in their own way. Moments of peace at Allan Bank in Grasmere a unique National Trust property that seems to go under the radar a little. An evening of moules frites and a Shakespeare play in the Theatre by the Lake, frequenting a few cool cafes and stores (Chesters by the River, Lingholme Kitchen, Homeground Coffee + Kitchen) to keep me happy amongst the majestic scenery that surrounded us.
We then travelled south to Wiltshire a spot we go to every year to spend a happy family filled weekend in a field. Nothing glamorous no mod cons but lots of laughter and a few cheeky drinks. The golden light on the wheat field this year was rather breathtaking, the kids run amok it’s so freeing, we even drove tractors this year which was an eye opener! I got my ceramic fix in Lacock pottery, can’t help myself.
Finally our last jaunt was onto the quaint village of Charlbury in the Cotswolds. Be still my beating heart, it’s damn pretty there and the sun came out to greet us. I finally got to visit Hidcote or should I say make a pilgrimage. What a delight these gardens are to wander. The rooms, each one different to the next, such a joy. Then finally, on our last day Oxford happened. Goodness me I fell in love all over again and can’t quite for the life of me remember why it has taken us so long to make a return visit. An odd purchase in Objects of Use and Toast couldn’t be helped but hey I was on holiday. A wander around New College, a museum dash and a Jane Austen exhibition and it was time to bid our farewells and return home.
It is lovely being home, it feels like we’ve been away for a very long time so getting acquainted with my things again is rather nice, waking up in our bed and finding new homes for our holiday purchases is always the fun part.
Above is a little glimpse of what’s coming up in next weeks post, how could I resist a beautifully made throw.