Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ashwell at Home

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!


  1. Looks like you had a fabulous time Gina and I think you deserved the cake. Funny how we can live somewhere with lots of interest on our doorsteps and never get to see them. We had a cheese festival two weeks ago but were so busy working on the garden we didn't go. Now I wish we had. I'm sure you will catch up on the wastecoats this week.


  2. Oh I do like a local community event - fetes, dog shows, open days, and this one qualifies as a Grand Day Out. 24k steps too? Pretty impressive.

  3. It definitely counts Gina, and what an idyllic day it must have been. Don't worry about being absent from blogging because when you do post it is always interesting.

  4. Of course it's another one ticked off the list and what a fab day out. It never ceases to amaze me what we overlook on our doorsteps.

  5. I can't see why it wouldn't count....looks like a lovely day out!!

  6. How I love reading a Gina Blog! Sounds a great and diverse day and lots of new things learned. Yes definitely tick it off your 60 by 60- for the step count alone! x

  7. I think you should do it again, and fall in this time - that'd be TWO firsts ticked off! xx

  8. Definitely a sixty before sixty! It is your list and you can add to it whatever takes your fancy :-)
    It looks like a great day out, you live in a beautiful part of the world. I can't remember when we last did anything similar, probably at least 10 years ago.... happy waistcoats sewing x

  9. Sounds like a perfect village event ... and open gardens too. I can't resist open gardens!


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