After my last blog post I was quite determined to get back to blogging more often but then somehow someone waved a magic wand and a week and a half went by - don't ask me how. So instead of telling you how lovely it was to have Gill visit, or what a fabulous day teaching I had at Art Van Go, how many more waistcoats I've made or cakes I've baked (that's misleading there haven't been any cakes and only one more waistcoat), about lunches out with friends and the evening spent with with my eldest son and his fiancee, I'll tell you about our day out on Sunday instead!
In all the years we've lived here I have never visited Ashwell at Home. Of course I have often been to Ashwell which is just three miles up the road but have never been to this particular event before. There was a bit of a hiccup to the start of the day involving a minor tantrum (not mine) that looked like it could thwart our plans but once things had been sorted we checked the weather forecast and decided to walk over. And what a good decision that was.
We browsed the museum and then saw Morris Men doing what they do best,
We visited the imposing church,
And several beautiful Open Gardens... whilst I resolved to try harder with our own garden. There was a chance to read up on local history and past residents, especially those who had served in WWI or campaigned with the suffragettes.
We learned about bee keeping and listened to some musicians of both ancient and modern varieties.
As we wandered around the village streets we bumped into people we knew and took time to stop and chat.
We ate homemade cake for lunch (justified by the 24,000 steps clocked up for the day) and then finished our day at the Ashwell Springs, source of the River Cam
All in all it was a delightful day and I'm not sure why we've never done it before.
Whatsmore I managed to avoid falling in the water despite someone threatening to video me whilst I negotiated the stepping stones
This week it is back to making waistcoats and other chores and despite good intentions, it will likely be another week or so before I'm back here! But who knows I might surprise you!
Do you think this counts as a sixty x sixty as I've never done it before... running out of time and ideas!