Something from the weekend…..walks, home making and a grand opening!

I really am loving this rural living thing! Whilst I am lucky enough to enjoy my week day pursuits very much, I can still look forward to the weekend knowing there’s plenty to see and do! And whilst we’d planned to get the house a little more homey this weekend, we still managed to fit in some adventures….

We ditched the Saturday morning lie-in to go off an adventurous dog walk at some nearby woods called Sharpenhoe Clappers. The name alone was enough to get me excited, and of course with all the leaves turning gold and falling, it seemed like a perfect place to have a wander and take some photos. When we got up there (the Clappers is atop quite a hill, and from the bottom looks rather like a mowhawk on the horizon) it was incredibly blustery, and I was pleased for all the layers I’d put on! It made us take a rather brisker walk than usual, but we still managed to take in some glorious sites. There were avenues of trees carpeted with rusty coloured leaves, lots of vivid red berries, and plenty of mushrooms about (which made me wish I knew more about them and could have taken some home for tea!). My photos will be over on my Flickr soon.

Back at home, we merely dumped our cameras and swapped wellies for boots to head straight out again. After dropping a parcel into the post office (and spotting the Town Crier nearby to boot….I’ll never tire of seeing him!) we made our way to Church House for the North Hertforshire Cats Protection Coffee Morning. It’s a lovely little fundraising event, which takes place monthly to raise money for the charity. It’s only 20p to get in too, although free if you buy refreshments! They also have a bric-a-brac sale (at which I managed to pick up some treasures!) and a little stall selling cat themed gifts and cards.  The next one is the 15th December if you’re in the area!

After that I couldn’t help but have a look in the nearby Gift Gallery, where some of my beaded jewellery is now on show! It was so exciting to see my work in a shop window, and hopefully I’ll get lots of sales through the shop which is exciting too!

Next, it was just around the corner to the grand opening of the new RSPCA Charity shop. There was a huge crowd there already, as well as photographers, waiting to see Pam Rhodes (off the telly!) cut the ribbon and declare the shop open. We’ve been looking forward to it for weeks, as we’re big fans of thrifting, and knowing that any money we spend there will go to animal charities is a huge bonus. Pam Rhodes, who has been a big supporter of the charity locally for years and runs a nearby cat home, gave a very moving speech urging us to support the new shop and praising those involved with setting it up. Adam and I were almost moved to tears in fact! We still managed a good look around though, and in fact made the first ever purchase there!

We did a spot more shopping before heading home for some lunch…. then it was to the dining room, or dumping ground as it should have been called, to do some serious tidying and sorting! We didn’t do too badly all told, and even managed to hang pictures to boot. We rewarded ourselves with another walk (although a rather less blusterous one!) over at Oughton Common, with the dogs again. And we rewarded ourselves for *that* by going back to Adam’s parents’ house for a supper of take away curry!

The rest of the evening was spent on more sorting and then wrapping up under blankets on the sofa to continue watching X Files. I’m getting really into it now!

We awoke late on Sunday morning, to the sound of the church bells ringing and the rain outside. We vowed to stay indoors to stay cozy and get more house things done, and so now the dining room actually looks like a dining room and not a storage unit! So much of the day was spent home-making, eating and slobbing about, culminating as usual with a cozy up on the sofa for more X Files watching, and knitting on my part…..I’ve been making lots of hot water bottle covers to sell on my stall and on Etsy, and once I’ve done those I shall start knitting the lovely big blanket I’ve been planning for ever!

And that was it really for our weekend….lots of time spent cozy at home, but with plenty of adventures thrown in to stop me from getting bored! Perfect!

Hope you had a lovely weekend too!

Ems x

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