Friday, 16 September 2011

A relaxing day out

Last week, the OH and I managed a night away WITHOUT the toddler!  I can't tell you how relaxing this was!  It's very rare that we ever leave him with anyone so to have so much time to ourselves was very nice.  Grandma came on Friday morning and stayed til Saturday tea-time. 

The Mister and I drove down to the lovely Keswick in the Lake District, arriving there at lunch time.  He had a business meeting to attend - hence the trip in the first place, but we thought we'd kill two birds with one stone and all that and make the most of it.  I found a lovely little cafe to have lunch in before having a very leisurely stroll around the lovely shops of Keswick. 

I found many little gift shops hidden down various meandering side streets.  I was also on the lookout for gifts for my Cupcake Swap partner - and I wasn't disappointed.  I got lots for my partner Deborah and a few lovely bits and pieces for myself while I was at it! (I'll be posting photos of the cupcake swap goodies in another post.)

Here are some of the lovely items that I found for myself -

The fabric was a remnant from a small fabric shop, it's lovely neutral colours and will make a nice stuffed lavender heart perhaps.  I managed to get 2 decent sized pieces and the money for them went straight in the charity collection box, so that's what I call guilt free fabric shopping!  I also got a lovely selection of ribbons and a reel of love heart ribbon.  The wool was from the Oxfam shop (I love how rustic it looks) more good deeds!  And a few heart hangy things - the button heart will go on the wall and the little ones will maybe adorn the Christmas Tree this year. 

I also got this wooden heart for our newly decorated hallway -

Not a great picture - it's dull and grey today, but you get the idea. 

Oh and I also got myself some yummy fudge from the old-fashioned sweetie shop that's in Keswick, but that didn't last long enough to be photographed!

After a nice afternoon of shopping we had a very relaxing dinner back at our hotel.  But the thing I was most looking forward to was the huge cooked breakfast in the morning.  What a rare treat!!  Bacon, sausage, egg, ketchup...on toast, very classy I am! 

We took a detour on the way home and stopped off in Bowness-On-Windermere (in the pouring rain) for a little wander around the shops, we also stopped off at the shopping outlet in Gretna for er...some more shopping!  Well, I don't get the chance to shop much these days :)

We only had 2 days away in total but we fitted so much in that it felt a bit longer so it actually felt like a 'break' and time to refresh.  Looking forward to the next business trip I can tag along to! 


  1. Sounds like a fab time. The Lake District is beautiful.
    I love the bits you got, the button heart is lovely.

  2. This looks just like one of my shopping trip hauls - anything and everything heart shaped!

  3. I LOVE the heart made from buttons! That would be a lovely rainy day project (I have some kind of obsessive compulsion disorder when it comes to buttons...and my 8 year old son caught it too)...I'm now dreaming of so many coloured hearts made with beautiful buttons...sigh!!! :)


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