Tuesday, 18 May 2010
This week we have the keys back to the old house- we have given ourselves 2 weeks to move stuff back there- we hadn't counted on MrP being soooooo busy at work that it looks like with the exception of the huge stuff like dressers and sofas I'm a one girl removal team. I started yesterday with plants (my little tomato seedlings so needed the sunlight of the greenhouse instead of the half light of a barn conversion windowsill)

The out-going tenant looks like lawn mowing wasn't her forté (I'm estimating 12 inches long) - or weeding- or watering (and yes that is a dead fish at the side of the pond but MrP will have to move that!! The pond deck is raised by about 6 inches by the way and the right hand photo is what used to be my beloved veg garden!!) or keeping greasy kiddy fingers off walls - it's no wonder it's not selling!! I have my work cut out over the next few weeks to get it back to where it was... oh well it keeps me out of mischief I guess!

On a brighter note we had a glorious weekend (well after MrP had finished work on Saturday afternoon we had a glorious weekend) I had popped into Tesco on my way back from getting horse and chicken food and there was my favourite wine (normally about £9 a bottle) as part of their finest meal deal (2 eat in for £9) so basically you buy a bottle of wine and get a free meal- so I did! I don't normally do ready meals as I love cooking but this was lovely and it felt like a night off. We also took the dogs for a walk in the woods near the cottage- bluebells are so beautiful aren't they?  I managed to pick some wild garlic too, so when I get 5 minutes I can make some wild garlic and walnut pesto...

It set us up for being up with the lark on Sunday; horses and chickens seen to, dogs fed and emptied we polished our wellies and set off for Chatsworth International horse trials. We had a fab day browsing stalls, getting bored with dressage, people getting carted off to hospital in show jumping and MrP getting scared out of his wits on the CC course, when we were looking at a very ordinary looking (quite inviting) log jump (not the one on the left)- then I pointed out that it had been positioned so that to the horse and rider it looked like they were jumping into thin air and it would take a heck of a lot of trust from the horse to go for it. We walked it as though we were walking the course and MrP used some very naughty language to describe his awe for the people doing it, then the competitors were flying past on 17hh horses at a flat out gallop and I don't think he has ever been close up to anything quite like it!! The camera batteries died so I only have a couple of photos- grrr I could have got some brill ones too! Oh saw Ian Stark!!! The hero of my youth, he was one of the course builders and was doing an interview. I also saw Mary King warming up in the collecting ring. Sausage and bean toasties for breakfast and Chatsworth pasties for lunch, yummy! We walked absolutely miles following the cross country. MrP's favourite bit was the Pony Club mounted games with fearless kids on even more fearless ponies galloping everywhere but where they were supposed to like a complicated Thelwell jigsaw...We did a bit of shopping and I got the limited edition print I have wanted for ages directly from the artist (it's for my birthday so I wasn't being spoiled MrsC!!) http://www.lydiakiernan.co.uk/index.html. We got home exhausted and had homemade scones with clotted cream then went for a ride on Darcy and home again to just about manage homemade lasagne before we fell asleep.

So all in all not a bad weekend. Just a shame it's back to the reality of moving and work now...

What is your perfect summer's day out?


8 comments:

muummmmeeeeee...... said...

Oh my God...you're the ultimate domestic goddess! Plant grower, lawn mower, fresh pesto maker, dog & horse feeder/walker/rider and homemade scone & lasagne maker - I'm going to crawl back into my hole now and hide from the ironing basket and the quorn curry defrosting on the draining board!

The English Writer said...

What a fantastic weekend, and a cream tea to boot! Fab stuff. Oh, good luck with removing the greasy hand prints (yuck!) and getting that grass sorted, it'll be fine once you start - now remember, no more work avoidance! ;-)) xx ps. quorn curry sounds yum!

Itch2stitch.com said...

Oh yum though! We had some M&S vouchers given to us and had one of their dine in for ten pounds, it was very good! Oh isn't it so irritating when your batteries pack in, usually just when you find a good pic to take... I saw a blue butterfly the other day and guess what!!! Have a lovely week. suzie xx

bad penny said...

thank you for your kind thoughts today. I just realised that I couldn't stand it if a local friend popped in right now- good intentions I know, but people do tend to talk about their own experiences & I really don't want to listen right now about when their dog died !
My Bloggy friends have sent such warm wishes today & I really appreciate them all xx

Tracey said...

I love Thelwell, Amy used to be so typical Thelwell on her Shetland when she was little! What a lovely weekend you had. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

diney said...

Hope hubby removed the dead fish for you! Those M & S meals are great aren't they?!! Tesco's do them too and I bought one where the wine was normally £9.99 s oi only paid 1p for a two course meal! I think they must have made a mistake...

Amy said...

Hi I have an award for you xxx

Itch2stitch.com said...

Ha ha ha ha! I am still laughing over your very funny comment you have left over on my blog! I know it shouldn't be funny, and I shouldn't laugh, but it is hilarious! It was like something out of a sitcom, just a succession of mishaps, one leading so nicely to the other! I read it out to George, but I couldn't get the words out for laughing! I had forgotten about my drip in my scenario, dragging it with me! I am glad we can both laugh! The second op I had was an 8 hour one, so I thankfully had a catheter, so no wailing trips to the loo that time! Thanks for coming over and making me laugh! Lots of love Suzie! xxxxx

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