This morning we were up and out nice and early. We visited the Palmers Garden Centre at Ullesthorpe for a little wander, stopping off for breakfast in the café. In honour of our regular soup Wednesday, Louie and I visited the PB Fruit and Veg stall which had moved from Woodlands to Ullesthorpe. We loaded a basket full of veggies, lots of mushrooms for Mushroom Stroganoff, sweet peppers for roasted red pepper and tomato soup and Louie insisted we buy Pappy an avocado. Before heading off on our travels, we nipped into the tardis like antique shop and found a gorgeous little stoneware jug that will look delightful filled with a fresh posy of flowers.
Then we went to Fosse Meadows Nature Reserve for a walk in the blissful sunshine.
A broken fridge, walks in the evening instead of the morning, Pappy on the continent for work. This week has been pretty unusual. We spent our days cleaning, waiting in for the new fridge and doing lots of drawing (it's a dinosaur on the easel!).
I'm looking forward to next week hopefully being a little more calm!
You might remember last years post about British Summer Time, and lo and behold, we are having the same problem this year, bed time is tricky. After being stuck at home all day waiting for a new fridge freezer to be delivered (ours went bang, or rather buzz...) we decided to go for a walk, a long walk around Bradgate Park.
We must have walked miles, up to Old John, down to the stream, back up to climb the rocks. Eventually the sun turned golden and began to hide between the trees.
We walked and walked and walked, until the small boy was getting sleepy. He stayed awake all the way home, climbed straight into bed and went straight to sleep.
Last week we spent some time in the bird hide at Calke Abbey. I used to tag along bird watching with my Dad when I was tiny, but it hasn't been something I have done since. I believe that we saw mainly Blue Tits and Gold Finches but I am no twitcher! It was fascinating and something I really must do some more of!
Some well needed family time, out in the fresh air. The dust and pollution in the air still seems to be around making everything feel so dull, but it was warm and breezy and beautiful to sit and just enjoy the peace and quiet.
Mr Bee had a field day in the toy museum after we munched our lunch out of doors, the first time this year.
Today was mostly foggy. It was another trip to Calke, this time it was ensuring Nana knew the way to Calke, the cottage, the hairdressers and inbetween. Of course, it was a great excuse for a walk in the great outdoors. We took one of the many walks around the park, exploring the pools and weirs before stumbling upon 'The Old Man of Calke', a tree over 1000 years old (yes, one thousand!). The views were breathtaking, even amidst the fog which didn't recede all day. The boy fell in love with a sword and helmet, playing with them so happily all day. It really was the cutest.