We’ve had a lovely relaxing weekend up in Hitchin with Adam’s parents. We did all the usual things….. Slobbing about with the dogs, browsing the market and a couple of car boot sales, spending time in the garden, and eating lots! There was also plenty of wine, catching up with friends, and getting to watch the lovely James Christie perform at Corks wine bar (he is amazing!).
It’s been a photo-heavy weekend, at least for my iPhone…. we took our cameras with us but hardly used them because it was so rainy. Anyway, I thought I’d share my weekend using the many snaps I took……
For my 30th Birthday present, Adam’s Mum gave me a flower press…..she has held onto it for now though so that she can fill it with flowers from her garden…..
……so when we arrived on Friday evening I spent a good while carefully taking out the ones that she had already pressed, and collecting new ones to press…..
…..there are lots!…..
….I’m planning to use them to create little pretty scenes and to decorate cards and things
Newton was up for a relaxing weekend too…..he likes to rest his head on things…. including my foot!
It was super rainy on Saturday, so we didn’t go to the car boot sales we’d planned to……. instead we headed into Letchworth for a browse of the little antique and craft shops along The Wynd.
I loved this pretty sensory garden in Letchworth….. the planting is beautiful and there is a big tree mural made from bits and bobs!
On Saturday evening we met up with some friends at Corks wine bar in town, to see James Christie play…… he’d already performed at Rhythms of The World that day, but performed wonderfully despite probably being shattered…. his own songs are really quite catchy, and we loved his version of Bon Iver’s Re: Stacks
The town was full of traffic cones as we wandered home, to help control things during the Rhythms of the World music festival……
…..the bunting is still up from the Queen’s visit last month and still looks super festive
It was very wet out after the day’s pounding rain…..it made everything really shiny in the night time street light
I seemed to have gotten a bit snap happy on the way home….perhaps a bit tipsy!
One good thing about the rain…..everywhere looks so lush and healthy….. this was the garden from the sun room first thing on Sunday morning
Hedges however, does not see a bright side to the rain at all!
After Sunday breakfast, we took a walk through the town….. the weather was such a stark contrast to Saturday!
It was almost as though we were in the middle of Summer!
Heading over to the football ground for the weekly car boot sale there, we wandered over the common and past the open air swimming baths….. I’ve never seen it from this side before and Adam hasn’t for years…. he was flooded with memories of his childhood!
This was me taking a snap of the sun and blue sky, to prove that we did get some this summer!
It was even sunny enough to play around with our shadows on the grass!
The first car boot sale of the day….. out next to the football club
We walked through town back via Waitrose to get supplies…. this cobweb and graffiti was in the car park
The second car boot of the day was in an even prettier location….. every Sunday there is a car boot sale at the market….. it extends round the corner too, in front of the pretty St Mary’s Church. I got lots of treasure…. stamps….. an old wooden box to use for my stall….. a mug with my initials / the Queen’s on….. and lots of cakes!
We spotted these curious objects on one stall….. on the left is a shoe carrier, and on the right a campaign camp bed, both originally used by an officer in the first World War. Amazing!
For lunch, we treated ourselves to a selection of cakes from Daisy Cakes….. this one was the delicious Parma Violet cupcake, but also yummy were the Viennese whirl and the rocky road!
After lunch, I spent a little time in the garden, which just looks amazing after all the rain!
I adore Forget Me Nots…. I have pressed some and hope to use them in some resin jewellery
Fuchsias are one of my all time favourite flowers…. when I was little I used to think they were little ballerina costumes for fairies! Well, they could be!
Adam’s Mum has loads of different fuchsias which all look amazing at the moment
I’ve tried pressing some, although they may be too big to come out well…..we’ll see!
The big frilly poppies are just amazing!
I don’t know what these are but they are just lovely! They are sort of spiky and sort of fluffy all at the same time!
The lobelia are everywhere, and are so delicate and colourful
The afternoon was mainly spent packing away the treasures to bring home, and watching Summer Holiday… I’ve not seen it for years and it really is a perfect Sunday afternoon flick!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and managed to avoid too much rain!