Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

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.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Sally, hasn’t it been glorious? Actually too hot for me. I stayed indoors most of the weekend only venturing out to sow some seeds. Your outfits are utterly gorgeous. I love that blue patterned jacket at the top of the post and your skirt is an orange delight. What a fantastic design and just perfect for this weather. Ziggy is very, very cute. Is he a poodle or one of those fabulous bouviers? He is just lovely anyhow. I bet that he enjoyed the sea to cool off in. Your road trip was very picturesque. I really miss the sea. Xx

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    1. Thanks Kelly. That is a gorgeous jacket, it’s vintage embroidered silk, except it’s not me wearing it, it’s my daughter! We often get told we look alike.
      Ziggy is a chocolate poodle, he’s the most laid back dog ever, he really needs a hair cut though, he’s feeling the heat.
      I hope your seeds grow well. xxx


  2. Ann says:

    You were absolutely right to spend most of the Bank Holiday weekend outside and make the most of those sunny afternoons, which are made for lazing around and doing things at a leisurely pace, enjoying the sunshine! I didn’t know Manningtree but I’ve heard about Lavenham: how stunning is the Guildhall of Corpus Christi! Vix’s Indian maxi skirt is gorgeous on you! xxx

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    1. Thanks Ann. I’m glad we made the most of the weather, because it’s pouring down this weekend. I hope it’s better where you are. xxx


  3. Vix says:

    That skirt looks so good on you, I’m glad it got a sunny outing! I can’t believe how alike you and your daughter are, I was convinced that first photo was of you.
    What a glorious few days we’ve had. You certainly made the most of it by visiting those picture postcard villages. I love Ziggy’s shaggy hair. xxx

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    1. It was the perfect thing to wear in that glorious weather. It’s totally changed this weekend though.
      Ziggy’s a bit less shaggy now, he doesn’t know what to make of it. It grows so fast though that he’ll be back to where he was in no time. xxx


  4. Jodie says:

    Doesn’t the nice weather just make us feel so happy??
    Your print skirt is such a fabulous piece and what a glorious day to wear it!!

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    1. I agree, I love it when the sun shines. It’s quite cold and windy again today. Hope its nicer where you are. xxx

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