Sunday, 22 March 2009

sunny sunday...........

What a lucky lady I was this weekend. After breakfast in bed the rest of the family piled into our bed to watch me open my lovely presents which included this..........




...........and this, which I've had my eye on for ages..........

I was also handed these fab cards which will be treasured forever...................

Sunday morning means my regular car boot trip, the sun this weekend meant that it was huge and busier than I think I've ever seen it. It wasn't a particularly fruitful trip but I did manage to pick up this sweet little blanket which will be perfect for our camping trips later this year.


The afternoon brought a trip to one of our favourite NT haunts, Hidcote Manor, the most beautiful garden in nearby Broadway. As soon as we arrive the children are seized with the desperate urge to run in any direction. The gardens are set out in a series of rooms and are a delight to visit at any time of the year. Although it is always busy there's plenty of space and it never feels crowded. We followed our little guides on a very fast and furious trip around the different "rooms" loving their enthusiasm and delight at each discovery. Each time we visit, this long avenue just begs to be raced along and this time we weren't disappointed. Whilst we took a moment to catch our breath the two of them disappeared into the distance and then returned at a much slower pace.


We had a much deserved snack break on my favourite bench under the Wisteria which is a sight to behold later in the year...........


.................and we admired the gorgeous flowers, in particular the hellebores, tulips and primroses.



...............and we finished it all off with tea and chocolate cake in the cafe. Perfect, worth all the sleepless nights, anguish, guilt and mess that having children brings. Spending time with my little family is (mostly) the best thing of all.

Before I go I have to mention this film. We watched it this weekend after seeing Kristin Scott Thomas nominated for an Oscar (or Bafta, can't remember) for it. It was superb, you have to see it!

See you later in the week, let's see if I can make it two posts this week.............

20 comments:

Jacoline (Lien) said...

What a great weekend and what a lovely pictures. Great kids and the best cards!!!

LissyLou said...

Looks like you had a lovely day, and great pictures x

Jess said...

Ooo i have that threads tin, it's lovely, when you start on the cath kidston sewing stuff you just can't stop! I want the little flower pot pin cushion now.

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

thanks for the film recommendation i think we should all share good films and books we have read !! i read "I capture the castle" from your reading list and loved it :-)
lovely pictures it looks like a great day was had by all!
thank you for your nice comment on my blog.
lesley x

Frances said...

Thanks for sharing that Sunny Sunday! The pictures of the children doing their long run down the green hallway are fabulous. I could just hear the soundtrack.

I have seen that film and also recommend it. Lots of interesting casting.

Looking forward to your next post ... whenever you may post it.

xo

gingerwine said...

What lovely gifts - really love the blanket...


Note to self - must start car booting!
Sam xx

bekimarie said...

Looks like you had a lovely day!
Love the thread tin, it's on my birthday wish list which unfortunately isn't untill November lol!
Have a good week
Take care
Hugs
Beki xxx

Summer by the sea said...

Looks like you also had a lovely weekend - I got CK treats for Mothers Day too! - Natalie x

Cath W said...

You have excellent taste in films - this one was brilliant but heart-wrenching, I cried like a blubbering baby!

Things Hand Made said...

We saw that film last week and thought it was brilliant. Have you tried going up to the flea market in malvern I think its the 2nd sunday of the mont. Its brilliant for lovely things.

Lizzie said...

Sounds like a perfect day. I love your photos.

Country Cottage Chic said...

Looks like you had a fabulous day!

Jayne

MelMel said...

That NT place looks just my thing! lovely...also wonderful cards and fabby pretties...wonderful!xxx

MelMel said...

Hi Julia...I so chuffed, thank you to Donna....what a brill lady she is!xxx

prettyshabby said...

oh pretty pressies!
I'm so dying to go to Hidcote, I paw over the pictures of it..it does look utterly gorgeous.
What a lovely day out..my kids used to just leg it in any direction they could when whenever we arrived anywhere..it got to be like rounding up sheep!!
x

funkymonkey said...

Hidcote is a lovely place. Have you visited Kiftsgate, just down the road from there? Another wonderful garden with spectacular herbaceous borders. Lokos lilke you had a lovely day.

Tracey

sharie said...

Lovely CK goodies, you must be really chuffed!

My local booty was big but not very productive of bargains either. Hope it picks up soon.

Britt @ Sweet Sassy Molassy! said...

I love your thread tin! The gardens are breathtaking, sounds like you had a lovely weekend!
xox
Britt

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

just watched that film and cried like a baby at the end!! was v good though :-)

retrorose said...

That looks like the loveliest place to visit. I received the CK magazine this weekend. It is so gorgeous isn't it?