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A little Christmas tree

This afternoon we went for a very muddy walk in a local park and came across this decorated tree among the many pines and evergreens.

It seems the local dog walkers have been contributing the odd bauble here and there throughout the festive season.  It really brightened our day.

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So how’s your Bank Holiday been so far?

Dahlia

On Saturday we decided to face the torrential rain and go as planned to Rochester.  Two attractions were calling us: the shops (me) and a beer festival at The Cooper’s Arms (TLT and me, a little bit!).  We both got soaked, but the beer was good!

On Sunday the weather was, as promised, much better so we headed to the Sandwich Festival.  At the Dog Show we fell in love with a beautiful Gordon Setter bitch and TLT was tempted to rehome two 10 month old kittens.  Poor DeeDee!  If only she knew!

Then we ‘discovered’ the secret gardens at The Salutation.

http://www.the-secretgardens.co.uk/  What a lovely visit!  And we just had to bring home our little friend (picture above).  Our very first dahlia – what a beauty!

We decided to walk out along the Stour to admire the boats and soon found ourselves on a public right of way crossing  the Royal St George’s golf course  http://www.royalstgeorges.com/ and came to this sign:

To the sea

Hurrah!  We were on the right track!  After another mile or so we were rewarded with this amazing sight of waves crashing on to the shingle and away in the distance we could make out the White Cliffs.  How lovely!

Sea at Sandwich

The knitting?  I’m making more tea cosies!

Our lakeland holiday

This summer we decided to stray just a little further from our beloved Suffolk for our summer staycation. We travelled all the way up to Keswick in the Lake District to stay with our friends Rod and Denise at their guest house, Portland House. www.portlandhouse.net
What a great decision! We had the most amazing time. We are not really outdoorsy types and certainly not experienced walkers, but we enjoyed the spectacular views and gorgeous weather by boat, car and, yes, occasionally, on foot, too!
TLT took loads of lovely photos, but here’s just one of mine!  I took it the first evening we arrived.  We raced down to the lake to get a glimpse of the water before night fell.

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We can’t recommend www.portlandhouse.net highly enough.  Denise and Rod spoilt us rotten!  Thank you, both!  See you again soon.

And what about my holiday knitting project? More of that another time!