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An English country weekend

by Clare Mansell

I’m a little later posting today as Theo had an inset day from school. It’s funny how quickly we’ve settled into the term-time routine and how strange it feels for the two of us to have the day to ourselves on a Monday, but after a busy weekend, a day off was actually just what we needed.


Everything seemed to have come at once over the last few days… On Saturday we had the village’s annual Apple Day event pressing apples from people’s gardens to make juice. Theo loves these kind of community gatherings as there are so many familiar faces and little jobs that he is actually allowed to get involved in, from hosing down the fruit to using the press under supervision. Jim and I were involved in putting the lunch together, so he roast pork joints for baps whilst I made cake and flapjack… The first lot of three batches of baking I had to do for events this weekend!

On Sunday a good friend of ours son was christened and we went along to the service and lunch afterwards. I have never actually been inside our local church before, but we were made to feel very welcome and it was lovely to see what a central part it still plays in village life, the vicar’s wife even handed out little kits to the children with pencils and colouring to keep them entertained during the service.

After lunch we nipped home in Maggie to pick up another cake I’d made and then dashed off to the annual village cricket match which Jim was playing in. The weather was amazing and we spent a couple of hours watching the match surrounded by beautiful countryside. The kids even got a chance to hit a few balls themselves…


It did feel like we were a bit of an English cliche though, pootling around in our Morris Minor running cakes between village events!

And then finally this morning we squeezed in a couple of hours at the Weald & Downland museum collecting the first conkers of autumn with my local blogger friend Alys and her son Milo. The weather forecast for the rest of the week looks great, so I’m hoping to do some outside painting before winter and the baby arrives!

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Donna September 28, 2015 - 8:19 pm

Your weekend sounds perfect, the ones that memories are made from and I adore the photos. Lush light! The weather was beautiful this weekend x

Carie September 28, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Ah but those are the best sort of English country cliches! I love the sound of your apple pressing day and I’m always a huge fan of village cricket!!

Nancy September 29, 2015 - 3:26 am

Love the sound of the weekend even though it must have felt busy… But conkers – I loved collecting chestnuts so we could play against each other. The chestnut locked onto a shoelace that was pelted by another conker. The one intact at the end of the game one. And chestnut trees were rare so you had to know where to look. You have given me the gift of a childhood memory…

Emma T September 29, 2015 - 7:25 pm

Sounds like a wonderful English country life. People laugh about villages and wonder if these things still happen, but they do and it’s lovely pottering around.

That’s some serious baking you’ve been doing though.

Great photos – the lighting is wonderful


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