Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Empty Nest and Sunshine
Still sneezing round the garden, lots of pollen, whatever the weather. But it's all so very quiet and empty - just like indoors. The Kiwis are back home safe and sound after a l...o...n...g journey and getting back into the swing of normal life. Oh it has been so good to have them all here, I kind of feel it's the end of summer because their holiday is over....but of course the summer holidays have only just begun here. PLEEEEEEEEEESE let us have some decent weather soon!
Last Tuesday, to cheer ourselves up, and to take advantage of the sunshine which had arrived too late for our visitors, we headed up to the coast by way of the back roads known only to the locals, hence missing the six mile tail-backs we swept past! We were on a mission to meet Sue the estate manager up at Drove Orchards Farm where the Craft Fairs are held. She is keen for Jim and his partner Mike who comprise 'Strictly Flyfishing' to be part of the next event, doing casting clinics and demonstrations. After our 'business meeting' we had a lovely lunch at the recently re-opened under new management Yurt, on site at the farm.
It was actually hot enough to sit outside in the sun under a big parasol. Lovely food and very reasonably priced. Then we had a stroll round to the farm shop and bought loads of fruit, including goose-gogs, and Drove Orchards fruit juices...apple, and quince, mmmmm!
There, topped and tailed and waiting to join the last of the garden rhubarb in a delicious crumble. I also had to pop these into my basket, the smell was divine!
Then we popped into this interesting little place to have a chat with Jo..........
Jo sells all kinds of interesting lovely stuff for your home and garden. It's not a huge place, but jam-packed with goodies.
And deep joy, Jo was having a sale, and Jim spotted this, which just had to come home with me.......
It's truly vintage, not a modern knock off. And it was £6. Need I say more? Scubbed up it looks gorgeous in the kitchen...whether it will stay there, it IS very large! But I love it. Tiny hairline crack, poof! who cares!
Before leaving I checked out another barn where there was a new retail unit....my fellow craft-fair attendee, Angela of Potter and Dibble in Dersingham, has opened a space up at the farm, with some gorgeous stuff. We had a chat about some possible workshops in the autumn...it's all happenin'!
Angela and her two hounds...Monty is doing the hang-dog impersonation, and I'm afraid I forget the name of the little terrier; she was eager to be off!
So after a chat we set off for home , still in the sunshine, with our goodies, pleased to be driving in the opposite direction of the endless trail of still slow-moving cars heading up to the coast. SO GLAD I no longer have to fight this traffic each summer to get to my visits, since retiring from Health Visiting! Knowing the back roads which criss-cross the region is certainly a help, but at some point you always had to join the line, and it was so frustrating!
Well, as most of you have experienced, the weather has been changeable, some more sunshine, thank heavens, but tons of rain as well. COME ON SUMMER! Pleeeeeeeese let it not rain on Friday evening as I am going to watch Van Morrison at Newmarket....no umbrellas allowed! Eek!
My next post will be taking a look at some of my journalling supplies, as I've had a request. So that will be up soon, hopefully. Till then, hope the hols are going well for you, bye for now!