I've just spent a delicious weekend relaxing and enjoying the beautiful Cotswolds with three of my dearest friends. After a very busy couple of weeks working on little maldod and an ever growing baby bump, my body was in need of some R&R and this weekend was just the ticket. It was my first weekend away from my son Wilf and he was left in Daddy's hands from Friday afternoon. From the text updates and 'de-brief' I had it sounds like they had a blast. Manure collecting from the local farm appears to be the biggest hit with them both and now stepping out into our garden actually smells like the local farm too (at least the flowers will be happy come spring!)
Back to the girls....
Myself and a friend travelling from London were greeted at the quaint station by our two other friends who stood like girls from the Railway Children on the platform waiting for us. As is the norm our weekend started in high spirits and excitement at being all together again.
The beautiful Old School
Our hosts at the Bed and Breakfast (The Old School in Little Compton) warmly welcomed us with tea and cake in the beautiful sitting room- a Victoria sponge Mary Berry would have been proud of and Beatrix Potter napkins, what better way to finish a busy week and start a girl's weekend?!
A very warm welcome
Whilst I've been surrounded by stockings this week, our Friday evening spent late night shopping in the beautiful village of Broadway truly heralded the start of the festive season for me. The Christmas lights, wafts of mulled wine and choir singing carols got us all in the festive spirit.
Pub dinners, meandering around the picturesque villages and a trip to the spa more or less summed up the rest of the weekend's activities. Oh, not to forget the scrabble, cups of tea and chocolate in our pyjamas back at the old school in the evenings. We had such a brilliant time and I'm glad it's only a
few weeks until I get to see them all again, you can't beat great friends!
Two hours well spent
I returned to a lovely welcome home from the boys and a special treat waiting for me in my lounge.... A Christmas tree! I may not have mentioned yet that my husband is a hero and him popping to our village stores to pick up tree ready for my return is just one of the reasons why he is!
It didn't take me long after Wilf's bath and bedtime fun to start decorating, although I think it'll take me most of the week to get the whole house fully kitted out.
Will any of our baubles survive Wilf this year?!A lovely friend (who I'm so glad also lives opposite us) left this treat for me to welcome in the new month. What a beautiful gift and now my countdown can REALLY begin in style!
A December treat left on my doorstep!
I absolutely love December and the build up to the celebration of Christmas. We have some lovely things planned over the next few weeks with friends and family and Wilf has some VERY exciting activities ahead (can you tell that he has no idea and that I'm more excited at the moment?!) I'm sure I'll share some snippets of these with you over the coming weeks.
This week in the little maldod work room I will be making some large stockings that have been ordered. Amazingly I've now starting receiving orders from people I don't actually know and I can't tell you how lovely it is that I get to make stockings which will be excitedly opened by boys and girls on Christmas Day - what a privilege! I was thrilled to see via Instagram that a little maldod stocking is already hanging from a fireplace waiting to be filled.
A little maldod stocking in its new home
So a busy week lies ahead here but with the help of a little elf I know and some Christmas music to help us on our way I shall be sure to sew some festive cheer into each and every order.
Wishing you all a wonderful December and great start to the week.