Something from the weekend: A beer festival, a scarecrow festival and other adventures in Instagram

We’ve had a wonderful long weekend!
Here’s the roundup… Instagram style…

With Friday off, we started in London at the Great British Beer Festival, which this year was at Kensington Olympia. I got to try some very yummy ales and catch up with some lovely people too!

After that we made our way up to Leeds to spend the weekend with Adam’s brother and sister in law (and their two dogs). His Mum came up too (with her two dogs), so there were four dogs there to entertain us!

On Saturday morning we drove to Kettlewell for their famous Scarecrow Festival. Once there, we took the dogs down to the river for a drink and a paddle. Piper is too refined to go in though, and Buddy’s not much of a water baby. So it was up to Newton to do the swimming to fetch sticks and Peanut had a paddle in the shallows just to explore.

Next we all took to the scarecrow trail to explore some of the villagers’ creations. There were scarecrow homages to the Queen and Prince Philip, Boris Johnson, Postman Pat, Woody from Toy Story and a whole scene from Holby City. I very much wished I lived somewhere so very idyllic and that I had the chance to make a scarecrow myself!

 

 

 

 

For lunch, we drove to nearby Threshfield and to the lovely Old Hall Inn. I ate a very scrummy Free Range Southern Fried Chicken Burger, and felt pretty tired and full by the time we piled back into the car to drive home!

After that it was a restful evening in front of the telly with Margaritas to watch some of the Olympic events…. We yelled at the screen in support of Mo Farrah in the Mens’ 5000m final, and got very tense and involved in the Mens’ 10m Platform Diving. I was overjoyed for Tom Daley, especially seeing how truly delighted he was with his medal.

It was a lie in on Sunday morning, followed by a breakfast of many many pancakes with maple syrup. After playing in the garden a bit with the dogs, we drove to Bramley Park for a walk. The woods there are so pretty and filled with gorgeous wild flowers. We walked down to and alongside the canal, throwing sticks for the dogs to swim in for. Again, Newton was the winner, but Peanut had a good go at hijacking him on his return to the bank to pilfer his sticks.

 

 

 

 

 

Once home again it was cups of tea and more Olympics watching before heading back to the station to catch the train to London. As the sun set on our journey, I spent a while staring out of the window at the pretty fields full of poppies and some of the stunning churches in the towns en route.

We made it home JUST in time to see the Olympics Closing Ceremony on telly. I didn’t enjoy them as much as the Opening Ceremony, but there were lots of bits I loved…..the Spice Girls, The Who, Take That, Annie Lennox….and of course the LED taxis which I was really rather taken with. I stayed up far too late to see the end (which I thought was ace….the cauldron for the Olympic Flame is just incredible) but we did manage to see the fireworks from the living room window again. A fitting end to a great weekend!

Ems x

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