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20 September 2017

Weekly Wanderings #6 | Biddulph Grange, hair-refresh and home days

This weeks Weekly Wandering post starts on Saturday 9th September, we headed out to Biddulph Grange which is around an hours drive from where we live. I had seen photos of it online and it looked like the perfect place for a day out.

The Sat Nav took us along some amazing country roads, and we eventually arrived at the house. The building itself is beautiful, the gardens even more so.

We spent a couple of hours here, weaving in and out of the gardens, all of them beautifully crafted. My favourite part had to be Dahlia Walk, they're one of my favourite flowers, as there's just so many types and colours! We ended up so tired we headed back to the car and ate our sandwiches in it!

Sunday was a 'home' day, which basically means cleaning and prepping for the week ahead. We visited family and did some more painting in my office room. I can't wait for it to be finished, but really hate painting! I just like to do the 'faffing' like picking out the accessories and making it look homely!

Monday saw me having my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season, which I have to say won't be my last! I popped into town to do some shopping and picked up a few lovely bits from Primark, including a check blazer that everyone seems to be coveting on Instagram. It really does go with a lot of things, and it adds a little layer of warmth to outfits now that the temperature is dipping, so I was very pleased with this find!

Tuesday was the day I finally got my hair re-freshed, it was in much need of some TLC, so I had a good trim and more ash blonde highlights. I am very pleased with the result, it feels so much better and looks more revived! I spent a chunk of my morning at the hairdressers, which i'm not going to lie it was lovely to just relax!

This weeks weekly post ends here, as the rest of the week was spent at work and packing for our trip down to East sussex, which if you fancy a sneak peek at what we've been up to, you can have a nosey at my Instagram, blog posts will be following soon! Just need to complete my Brixham posts first, whoops!

Hope you're all having a good week!

5 September 2017

Our Day at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Me and My Husband are definitely Weekend Explorers, every weekend we have off together we plan an adventure, whether its a local day out or a weekend break, we like to make the most of it.

This weekend I was browsing the National Trust website and saw Calke Abbey, which is only a 30 minute drive from us, and somewhere we've never been before. We packed up our backpacks with sandwiches and a big flask of hot tea, donned our cardigans (It's September now, so despite the temperature its autumn in my eyes!) and headed off to explore.

We passed through some gorgeous little villages on the way, which I definitely want to have a mooch around next time, just so I can admire the pretty little flower covered cottages at a slower pace!

We finally arrived at our destination and went to book our tickets when we were asked about becoming National Trust members, and because it was something we had already been talking about we bit the bullet and signed up!

We collected our map and tickets, booked our slot to tour the House and headed off to explore the gardens. My husband will tell you now that I am obsessed with gardens, this summer we have visited so many beautiful ones, that it makes me excited to pot my seeds ready for next spring! (don't worry i'm not wishing the year away just yet|!)

I loved walking through all the flowers, but my favourite had to be the fruit and vegetable garden. There were lots of weird and wonderful veg alongside a gorgeous apple orchard. We could spy some huge pumpkins growing, which definitely made me excited for Autumn, as it's one of my favourite seasons.

There was just so much to look at, we loved bobbing through the arch ways, and looking out for the swallows that were nesting in the nearby barns.

There's also an apple day coming up in October, which sounds lovely, especially if you have children!

We enjoyed a tour of the house which I didn't take any photo's in, as I thought it would be nice to keep it a surprise for any of you who read this and plan to go. I loved the high ceilings and intricate cornicing in every room. There's so much to see it's fascinating.

One of my favourite parts of our walk was going through the Farmer's tunnel, which is super dark and long. I had to hold on to my husbands backpack as I couldn't see anything!

We had another mooch around the grounds with a nice coffee, this time we stopped to admire the deer and then back through the gardens. I just can't get enough of those dahlias you see!

We had such a lovely day, even if the weather wasn't playing along, and we ended up getting rained on! We've already planned where we are going next weekend, so keep an eye on my blog and Instagram for that one!


2 September 2017

Weekly Wanderings #5 | Outdoor Cinema, Garden Goals and Gin drinking

This week saw us enjoying a long bank holiday weekend, for which I was off work! We made lots of plans and the weather was amazing for once.

It started with Friday which was spent with my lovely friends at Wollaton Hall's Outdoor Cinema. We had gone to watch Pretty Woman, armed with our blankets and the entirety of Tesco.

It was such a lovely evening, we had laid down our blankets and set our picnic up, then just as it gets dark they start the film. I would definitely take a blanket if you plan on visiting an outdoor cinema though, as even though it was a lovely warm day it does get very chilly once the suns gone in!

On Saturday, a miracle happened, we were up and ready before 9am! That's a rare thing for us, and we decided to jam pack our day full of activities, first we dropped the car of for its check up, then we walked to a lovely cafĂ© called  The Workshop, which was inside a store that specialised in upcycled furniture.

I was in love with all the chalk-painted pieces, and will definitely be scheduling a trip back in the near future! Also we got a full English breakfast, toasted tea cake, iced mocha and vanilla latte all for under £10.00. Bargain!

After all the yummy food we did a little mooch around the shops for some home bits, which I did an insta-story on. Then once i'd had my shopping fill, we decided to make the most of the nice weather and the fact it was still early, and took a trip to Attenborough Park.

We grabbed an ice lolly and headed down to see if we could catch a glimpse of the Sand Martins nesting, sadly though they were hiding. We did catch the Cormorant sunning himself though!

Sunday we just relaxed, saw our families and pottered around the house getting bits organised. We have a few huge home plans under our belts in the next few months so have been doing some planning for those too. We also have a trip in September coming up, we're off down south to Brighton, Hastings and Rye and I am so looking forward to doing some exploring as we don't get to go here often as it's around 4 hours drive from where we live! So we booked up the hotels and drew up some plans of things we want to see while were there.

Bank Holiday Monday actually saw the sun shining brightly and the temperature soaring!

I'm always looking at the NGS website looking for Open Gardens and saw that there was one not too far from us in Ashbourne, so that's where we decided to go. I adore pottering around beautiful gardens and this one did not disappoint!

We spent a few hours exploring in the sunshine, even sharing a slice of Victoria sponge, because we have no self control when it comes to cake.

Once i'd had my floral fill we headed over to Ashbourne centre itself to grab some 'proper' lunch and not just cakes. I really want to go back to Ashbourne when we have more time as there were so many cute little shops to wander around, but we just didn't have time, and instead focused on our hunt for food.

We stumbled across 'The Bridge' and it had a sweet courtyard area, that when we first arrived there was only us in. We ordered ourselves some gooey cheesy toasties and soaked up yet more of the sun.

We finished off our Bank Holiday as any good Weekend should, with a large glass (or two) of Gin. I'd seen the Cock Inn at Mugginton on Instagram and it looked absolutely stunning. It was even better in real life.

I tried a Strawberry and Elderflower gin, quickly followed by a Cherry Gin with a dash of lime and tonic water. Both were incredible, I would highly recommend.

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend, and as I publish this its another weekend already!

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