The Met Office told us it was the hottest early May Bank Holiday on record. So we wanted to make the most of it. Between Friday night and Monday morning we practically lived outside. On Saturday, we had a family day out, making the most of a get together.
A dog, a picnic (no lashings of ginger beer I’m afraid, we’re not the famous five), and a whole day of sunshine – bliss.
We headed to the Essex coast, where we had our picnic and took Ziggy on the dog friendly beach.
The sky was cloudless and the sea a gorgeous blue. Poor Ziggy looks like a yeti at the moment, he needs a haircut and he’s booked in this week but not in time for him to miss the heat, so the sea breeze was perfect to cool him down a bit.
After we had seen enough of the beach, can you actually do that? We called in to Manningtree, said to be the smallest town in England, which lies on the river Stour. This part of the world is Constable Country named after the painter John Constable who came from these parts and captured it on canvas. We walked along the river in to town and came across a vintage fair in the street.
Amazingly for me, I remembered to take photos. I wasn’t inspired to buy anything but just wandering around, randomly looking at things felt very relaxing.
On the way home we stopped at Lavenham and called in to a pub for much needed refreshments.
A beautiful, medieval village in Suffolk, Lavenham was one of the 20 wealthiest settlements in England in medieval times due to the wool trade. The church, a wool church financed by donations from farmers and merchants made rich by the wool trade, stands out, a grand building which looks rather incongruous in it’s village setting
There are lots of half timbered cottages, and at it’s centre, probably the most striking of all; the Guildhall of Corpus Christi:
We didn’t walk round, we’ve been many times before and we were ready to head home but I took photo’s of the Guildhall as we left. I have no idea who the people standing at the front were!
I dressed for summer this weekend in something I’ve been wanting to wear for a while:
This is the very first outing of a skirt I bought from Vix at the fabulous Kinky Melon retro boutique. She and her partner Jon were trading in Cambridge back at the start of the year 2017, having just returned from India and looking healthy and tanned and they brought back some of these lovely Indian cotton wrap skirts. There was lots to look at but the gorgeous orangeness jumped out at me. I didn’t go anywhere warm enough to wear it last year, so this was the perfect weekend for it and I wafted around still smelling of incense!
Did I mention it’s been sunny?! You have to live somewhere with a lot of miserable weather to appreciate it as much as this when it’s nice, I reckon.
I have been making sun catchers, I love them and have lots myself, so it tends to be one for me and one for Etsy. These are a few of them photographed against the fantastic blue sky:
Rain is forecast for tomorrow but I think I’ve made the most of it whilst it’s lasted!
Have a good week.