Saturday started slowly, I needed a lie in to get over my insomnia ridden Thursday night. Pete woke me up at about 9:30 am with a herbal tea and a freshly made bacon and brown sauce sarnie. Mmmmm. I opened up the curtains and the sun was shining down. Ahhhh! Now, that's got to be the best way to wake up?!
As it was so beautiful outside, we decided to pick up some picnic provisions and head to one of our favourite National Trust properties, Stourhead. We've been there so many times, but it's so beautiful and there's so much walking to be done there, we always find something new. I could never get bored of the fantastic views there. We got going slowly, so by the time we arrived and had eaten our picnic (by the side of the car!) many people were setting off home. It was actually quite nice, it was quieter and we felt very relaxed, everyone else was rushing home and we were taking our time. That's one of the benefits of Ethan being a bit older now and quite often not falling asleep until 9pm. As he'd slept in the car on the way to Stourhead we felt we had no need to rush home.
We had a lovely stroll around, it was a delight walking with Ethan, he pootled around pretending to vacuum the ground with sticks, as he does! A couple were getting married there and were having their photos taken so we spied on them from a distance. What a place to get married, their wedding photos will be beautiful. I must admit to feeling quite emotional and wistful, seeing them on their wedding day. It brings back memories, even though our wedding was quite different!
After our walk, we bought Ethan an ice cream and then made the decision to stop at a country pub for supper on our way home. So nice to make spur of the moment decisions sometimes!
We weren't sure which pub we would stop at, our route to and from Stourhead takes us past quite a few pubs as it's cross country. In the end, it was Ethan needing the loo that led to us stopping where we did, and we couldn't have been happier. We ended up at a pub/restaurant called The Mendip Inn and we were SO impressed. The decor was gorgeous, there was a warming log fire (we chose a table right next to it) and the staff were lovely, just the right level of attentiveness without being annoying. The menu wasn't cheap, but it was sooooo worth it. Pete and I both chose lasagne and we both agreed it was the best lasagne we'd ever tasted! Home made pasta, you could tell the meat was great quality and the sauce home made. Lovely, just lovely. Ethan chose fish and chips and we were impressed with his as well. It was from the child's menu but though it was £5 it was a very decent sized portion, two pieces of battered fish (home made batter, no bones found in the fish at all) home made chunky chips and a huge amount of peas. Ethan ate almost all of it! They also had the most fantastic range of soft drinks from Orchard Pig - I had pink grapefruit and mint and it was the most morish refreshing drink I've tasted in a long time!
When we left the pub, the sun was setting. Ethan found that thrilling!! Being out whilst the sun sets!! The rest of our drive home was fun, we were singing along to songs and enjoying chasing the sunset. We didn't get home until just before 9pm but Ethan went to bed happily. It really was one of our happiest family days.
On Sunday we woke to find a very wet day, but we were determined to do something, so headed to Puxton Park, a local farm park we have membership at. Ethan loves it there. They have a huge soft play area, but best of all, they have owls!! At weekends they have an "owl encounter" where you can have a go at holding owls. Ethan and I had done it before but couldn't wait to do it again! So much fun. The owls are just beautiful and awe inspiring. I'm so proud of Ethan, he has no fear when it comes to animals!
After Puxton we headed over to Pete's parent's house for a lovely home made beef pie. Yummy yummy!!
What a lovely weekend! I hope you don't mind all the writing today, but it was such a lovely weekend, I wanted to get it down! I thought I'd share photos of all us so you can see what we all wore over the weekend!!
Did you have a lovely weekend? Do anything special?
Green cord skinnies - Matalan
Cardi - Asda
Stripy t shirt - Primark
Light brown skinny cords - New Look
Jumper - New Look
Socks - New Look
Pac-a-mac - Cath Kidston
I'm linking up with Sunday Style and Watch What I'm Wearing.