The Easter holiday already feels like a distant memory, with lots to do going back to work after a week off, and so much more on the house since then, so I thought I’d indulge myself with some memories from our trip down to Somerset to stay with my parents. My little sister and her fiancé were also home for a few days which is quite rare due to her work hours, and it was lovely to spend some time all together, even if we were pretty busy for most of it.
Spring was very definitely in the air – daffodils everywhere, lambs frolicking, magnolias coming into bloom, and it was lovely to be home. The Easter holiday is always one of my favourite times of the year as everything comes back to life after the winter.
There was a lot of sprucing up of the garden when the weather was nice, because both my sister and I are getting married there this summer. Luckily the house I grew up in is also a beautiful wedding venue, so there was no question about where we would marry! My other sister also married there a few years ago – the gardens are so beautiful and make a lovely backdrop for photos, but they take a lot of work to maintain and Mum and Dad have been really busy with it lately.
Whilst we were home, Ste and my sister’s fiancé both gave Dad a hand resurfacing the roof of the swimming pool hut which was a bit old, and I went and bought some metal paint to spruce up the fence which divides the garden from the meadow in front of it. Alas, it rained before I could get any painting done!
The weather was actually mostly horrible, with two gorgeous sunny days, one of which we made full use of having an engagement photo shoot with our amazing photographer. We headed to a local beauty spot – a hamstone quarry turned country park called Ham Hill, which has some amazing views over South Somerset. It also has an ice cream man, which Toto was very happy to discover, and a lovely pub that is packed with dog walkers every weekend, and the occasional horse or three! What better way to spend a sunny day than a nice ride to the pub and a pint in the sunshine.
I’ll post some of the lovely images the photographer took soon. I’m sure she’s going to do a great job of our wedding day because we both really enjoyed the experience. We also did a food tasting with our caterer and are now very excited about the meal we’re serving too! Things are gradually coming together, even if it feels like there’s still lots to do. Keep your eyes out for some wedding planning posts soon.
We managed to find time in amongst all the gardening and wedding planning for some fun too, accompanying my little brother Jack on his Easter egg hunt (what else are the Easter holidays for?), which culminated with him being chucked in the newly opened, utterly green and freezing swimming pool! Poor boy. I think he quite enjoyed it though!
We also managed to squeeze in visiting a few friends, but not nearly enough. Living so far away makes it really tricky to catch up with people, but it is lovely that we can go months or years without seeing one another, but then catch up over a cup of tea in Mum’s kitchen like it was just yesterday. You know those kinds of friends are absolutely the best kind.
We had a lovely lunch with one of my best friends, whose beautiful little girl is my goddaughter. A visit to them is always wonderful with plenty of cute, but they’ve got a new family member who we were keen to meet – Rhubarb, a tiny little Labrador puppy, and the son of Wilbur, their other Lab, one of the nicest, calmest Labradors I have ever met. Just look at that little face and that little round tummy (Rhubarb’s, not mine)!
Whilst Rhubarb is a little more excitable than his Daddy, he’s every bit as handsome.
We had such a lovely time and managed to pack so much in, we almost needed a day or two off to recover, but we were also excited to return to our newly plastered house, all ready to paint, so we didn’t waste any time in getting on with it. More to come on that soon. Sign up below to get new posts on our renovation directly to your inbox so you don’t miss the big reveal (when it finally happens!).