This comes a little late as seems to be the norm with my blog at the moment...We had a good Easter break. A stunning start and finish to the Bank Holiday weekend. In between left a lot to be desired with rain lashing down, high winds and lowering temperatures but we made the most of it and got outside wellies and water proofs at the ready.
Ickworth, a stunning National Trust property just down the road from us in Bury St Edmunds was our day trip of choice on Bank Holiday Friday. The National Trust really have pitched it right for families. There were Easter Craft activities, games laid out on the lawn and over 4500 people to scrabble past to the heaving cafe. It was a lovely afternoon out, sat in the warm sun looking out over the beautiful gardens.
Easter Sunday after the annual village Easter Egg Hunt organised by my lovely neighbour Liz who also runs our local vegetable box delivery company Cheveley Fruit and veg., we headed up to our favourite escape Norfolk. The husband had treated us to a stay at the amazing Gunton Arms. A former coaching inn owned by the Chelsea Art Dealer Ivor Braka it has been transformed into the perfect escape from everyday life. Set in a beautiful deer park, only the deer and ancient trees obstruct the far reaching views. Walls are covered in modern art including Gilbert and George, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, there are little touches of humour popping out from every corner. The Gunton Arms deserves a post of it's own so more will be revealed at a later date.
Matilda and I then flew off to Portugal for a week to see my Father and to visit family. We managed a few lovely days out exploring Lisbon with my niece, we ate far too much and basked in the heavenly hot sun and clear blue skies typical of Portugal.
The two weeks went all too quickly and the return to work seemed a little harder than normal. The promise of warmer days to come and the reawakening of nature is encouraging though, I'm enjoying working in our conservatory looking out onto the garden whilst the office gets a makeover! Hope you all had a good Easter break.