Well hello there!
I feel as if I have been gone for the longest time, but it was only a week, and what a glorious week it was. We've just returned from a break staying with my parents, a very relaxing and surprisingly sunny end to the school holidays. Indulge me while I share some photos of happy times and places that I love... (Warning - photo overload ahead...but there are good things if you can make it to the end.)
On Monday we spent a leisurely afternoon at a farm tea shop with my parents and my Grandma.
My grandparents used to live nearby and knew the farm owners and my sisters and I would often visit as children and feed the horses and look at the animals. I remember seeing a cow give birth there once.
It is still a dairy farm but has now branched out into ice creams and cream teas.
We took the train to Chichester on Tuesday. I still underestimate how much little people like train journeys!
We met my very dear friend Abigail and her daughter for lunch. Chichester is the nicest town, full of lovely shops, gardens, parks and cafes.
We (well, just me really) are always plotting ways to move to West Sussex, but it is SO expensive!
It rained on Wednesday but I didn't really notice because my Mum, my sisters and I went shopping while the children were in Daddy Daycare. And we had Moules frites for tea.
On Thursday we had fantastic day out at Beaulieu, where we rode the monorail before my camera battery died. Not captured on film is the car museum, open top bus tours, parks, playgrounds and the beautiful abbey.
On Friday it was really cold first thing, and felt like Autumn was in the air. We decided to feed the ducks and have a pub lunch. Then the sun came out and by lunchtime it was glorious.
This place is precious to me. I could look at the view every day. I don't know why I love it so much. It just feels peaceful. Even when we went last February, in the freezing cold, it was beautiful. I guess some places are just like that. Do you have a place or a view you love that much?
We paddled. The sea was warm and shallow and clear. Perfect for big and little people.
Looking for crabs...
...and a lunchtime tipple.
My trusty Saltwater sandals did me proud this week, on sand and pebbles, for paddling and walking.
Well done if you made it to the end of that photograph marathon!
I'm sorry I have not visited many blogs this week. It's been busy, what with one thing and another, but I will catch up over the weekend to see what you've all been doing.
Also, something rather lovely happened this week - I reached 100 followers! I'm still slightly baffled that you visit and read and comment, but I do love that you do! So thank you very much. To celebrate this happy occasion, and to share the blogging love which I have recently received, I am plotting a little giveaway. Details and photos to follow when I get round to finishing the bits and pieces I am making *stitches furiously*.....