Sunday, 1 September 2013

52 Weeks of Happy...7/52

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, 
they just make the best of everything."
Joining in with Jen at little birdy and Gillian at Tales From A Happy House

So we've hit 1st September 2013 and that means that I'm actually in paid employment for the first term since last August. Hooray!

Last week was hectic week as I spent days tidying up my classrooms and preparing for 'starting school' tomorrow but there have also been some nice days out with Mr P and my parents.

School/teacher posts will happen soon enough so I'm going to focus on the nice stuff.

Dear Deer!
This was taken yesterday on our visit to Dyrham Park which is a National Trust property close to Bath and Bristol. I took the photo at the end of the day when most of the visitors had headed home, Mum and Dad were getting the shuttle bus back to the car park and Mr P and I were slowly dragging our feet back to the car. The deer seemed quite comfortable having visitors walking through their field. I was particularly pleased with this picture and the one on my Instagram page. This darling deer certainly liked the attention!

The Lamb National
For the second year running we visited the Edenbridge and Oxted Country Show in Surrey on the Bank Holiday Weekend. It really is a great day out, not too far from London and yet very countrified! The Lamb National is merely a border collie shepherding some sheep in colourful jackets across a jump course but it really is amusing. The commentary provided by the farmer and his son was great and whipped up lots of enthusiasm. Being the keen gambler that I am, I picked out one sheep and cheered it on. It even one two rounds! 

Summery Sunsets
I think it must be due to the gorgeous weather this summer but there have been some brilliant sunsets recently. The one on the left was taken at Virginia Water in Berkshire on Bank Holiday Monday. We had an early evening picnic by the lake and watched the sun starting to set. I love these bridges - they remind me of something out of a Jane Austen novel. I can just see Mr Darcy and his horse trotting across it. 

The sunset on the right was captured yesterday at Caen Hill Locks in Wiltshire after our visit to Dyrham Park. Once we found the locks (having had a picnic there when I was about 16, we tried to find it again and got a little lost en route!) it was starting to get a bit too dark and there were too many mozzies to picnic outside but we did take a stroll across the canal to see the view which was absolutely spectacular. In traditional English style, we then had our picnic in the car! 

A Bit Of Patriotism
On Bank Holiday Monday we visited Windsor Castle. As it is so close to our home and tickets allow you to make unlimited visits for a year, we didn't rush to see everything but had a tour of the Grand Kitchens (amazing - well worth seeing when they are open in August and September) and then took a stroll around the Moat Garden (open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during August) which is the private garden of the Governor of the Castle who is 'in charge' of the castle when the Queen is not in residency. I was amused to see that no-one, however important, is immune to a bit of cheerful patriotism!


  1. Lovely happies. Bath is very close to my heart (as is Dyrham Park). The deer look very cool.

    Best wishes for your first day proper tomorrow.

    Leanne xx

    1. Thanks Leanne - the first week was fine. I survived! x

  2. Great pictures from your week. Good to hear you enjoyed your holiday in the north, too.

  3. You really made the most of your last week of vacation! I am inspired by your picnics; I need to take my family out more often. Good luck with the new school year!