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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Little Spring Break

Lighter nights, a little more sunshine and a few days at the seaside... I had a lovely week last week.

DH's health had suffered a blip the week before and it was doubtful whether we would be able to go away, but with dr giving the ok, we decided to head off, not a long journey, somewhere we go often and we knew we could have a restful and relaxing week.  We were also having someone for a sleepover too.

Arriving at the caravan the welcome party came to meet us ... 

We enjoyed some quality quiet time with sunshine and blue sky...
A visit to the cake shop for a treat to go with our coffee on the beach... 
A fabric/craft shop - I had to go in there didn't I...
Spring flower gardens in bloom, wonderful to see....
especially after you saw the damage to the cliffs that had been caused by the big storm of December 5th last year when a lot of areas in the UK had the bad flooding.

Walks along the promenade...

and more gentle walking exercise in the evening watching the sun set...
When DH had to rest I was ok, I took a new start to stitch ....

Knitted a few more rows on his socks ...

or read my book ....
Midweek we had visitors -
and the welcoming party visited again, this time they were given a nice treat.  Fred and Mabel they were named, they tapped on the caravan door with their beaks at regular intervals and Miss Isabelle thought it was great fun and got so excited to see them.
A different couple of days with lots of family times ....
Bucket and spade activities (coats were needed as it was quite windy midweek)...
Shell collecting and general beach playing, while DH sat resting and watching ....

Some kite flying....

A visit to the amusements - look at the size of her eyes.... like saucers as she watched the 2p machine drop money into the tray below lol

You just have to have a little ride ....

Be careful... the sea comes right in at high tide and you can get very wet ....
DH played with his new camera and took millions of pictures.....
All too soon it was time to head home.  But, no little holiday would be complete without a railway visit (according to DH), so we stopped off halfway home at Neene Valley Railway and had a little picnic.
There was a drivers experience day going on, a couple of chaps were having fun driving the train, so a steam train was in action....

and we had a lovely surprise when we got home, my 4 camelias had all flowered magnificently whilst I had been away.....

Not our usual visit to lots of different places when having time away, but we had a lovely restful break, with nice weather and lots of fun and happy times with family and plenty of memories to cherish.
Oh yes, for those who like to see Irish Garden, I was good and added 2 rhododendron bushes and 2 more trellis panels this weekend, here's an update pic -

and a little something i put together just before we went away, a little gift for a family member who has a birthday coming up.
Thanks to all who come along and visit, I do appreciate your visits and look forward to reading your little comments.


  1. Looks like you had the perfect little break!!! Hope you are both rested :) Have a lovely day x

  2. Looks like you had a lovely time. I love that photo of Isabelle with her spade on the beach.

    now fess up, what did you buy from the fabric shop, lol

    Hope your dh is on the mend and you have both come back rested up

  3. Aww looks like you all had a fun time :) beautiful Photos
    Big hugs dear x

  4. What an absolutely fun time! I'm so sorry to hear that your husband's health had suffered a blip. He certainly must have enjoyed being able to get away for a while. The PS design looks cute & those socks are so pretty! Maybe I should say "handsome" : )

  5. Love all your photos's from your mini break, looks like you have so much fun... and are well rested now :)
    Your projects are coming along nicely, loving the socks!
    Nearly there with your Irish Garden stitch.. its beautiful :)
    Such a pretty coat hangers too :)
    Sending smiles to you :) xx

  6. Lovely post Julie , hope you enjoyed your rest away.
    Looks like you had a lovely time , all your stitching looks great , take care hugs .

  7. What a jam-packed post. Looks like you had a wonderful spring break away! Love those hangers and your progress on Irish Garden. :)

  8. I like the choice of chart you started, I've had this one for a while and may just have to dig it out:-) My dad was a steam engine driver before moving onto diesel trains - a very different era. Glad you got away and enjoyed your break, the seaside is like refreshment for the soul, in my opinion.

  9. Wow, it looks as if you had a lovely relaxing time. Hope the DH is feeling better.

  10. A perfect break for you both - gorgeous scenery and excited visitors too.

    I love the clothes hangers :)

  11. I was a bit worried to read your post after what you said about storm was ok though. The cliffs collapse a bit every year so while it looks dramatic, it really is 'normal for Norfolk' lol. Snettisham usually gets it a bit worse. It is lovely to see 'home'. Did you stay at Sewells? Gosh, sometimes I still feel homesick. Glad you had a great time: hope hubby's health is improving xxx

  12. Looks like you had a wonderful, restful trip. The photo of Isabelle and the ducks is so precious! Hope your hubby is completely well soon.

  13. Your spring break seemed to have been a wonderful stay at a wonderful place. All your pictures give a great idea of what you experienced. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Sounds like it was just what the dr ordered - I do hope you both benefited from the time away and hope DH's health improves.

    Lovely photos - love your stitching that you took away with you and The Irish Garden is looking beautiful as are the flowers in your own garden.

  15. Iris garden looks gorgeous.
    Sounds like you both had a gentle and restorative break,in a lovely place.
    Very pretty flowers too.

  16. Good for you getting away. Had to smile at Fred and Mabel. Reminded me of our Henry and Mabel. Beautiful work you are doing on your projects.

  17. Looks like you had a fab time Julie,did you find my favourite gift shop?
    Isabelle looks as though she's having a fab time on the beach.
    Hope DH is feeling much better now.
    Great progress on Irish garden and love your new start!
    The Camellia are beautiful
    Hugs xx

  18. It looks like you had a lovely holiday Julie! All the photos are fantastic and little Isabelle is growing like a weed. Your PS bunny start is so cute and your Irish Garden is really coming along. I love seeing it's progress. I hope your DH continues to feel better. :)

  19. Such beautiful pictures!! Looks lkike you all had fun!!

  20. Looks like you had a wonderful mini break
    Julie xxxxxxx

  21. Sounds like you had a lovely break Julie. Those socks are awesome!
    One of my camellias is just starting to flower too. The other one is stubborn and never flowers before Whit

  22. Lovely memories made Julie, Isabelle will be looking forward to going again! Nice coathangers and wow the camellias are stunning.Hope you are well rested now although it looks as if the fingers have been busy.
    Hugs and love.

  23. Okay if those socks are for HIM I want him to model them when they're done and not just a shot of his feet!

  24. What a lovely break. And time for stitching too. Perfect!

  25. I loved the photos from your Spring Break--looks like a fun relaxing trip! I am hoping your DH's health improves soon. Love the new start, and Irish Garden is looking great!

  26. Hi Julie--it looks like you had a lovely, relaxing visit to the sea! I love the duck couple who welcomed you--we have a duck couple who waddle up to our bird feeder from the pond in our backyard every now and then. They are so comical :)

    What pretty hangers--I'm sure the recipient will save them to use on her most elegant clothes!

    Hope your husband is feeling all better by now. Perhaps the time by the sea was just the medicine he needed...

  27. Hi Julie! Looks like you had a great time away. I am glad to hear that I am not the only one to name visiting wildlife...haha.

    The hangers are lovely and I bet they are a loved gift. The Farm Fresh piece is fabulous! What a cute design. I have been busy with stitching of a different kind...a stitchery quilt for Easter for the quilt group.

    Do you like that author? I have been meaning to get her book The Rose Garden but keep wondering if she is good.

    Hugs from Holland,

  28. P.S. - Meant to add that I hope your DH is doing okay? Your granddaughter is adorable.

  29. Sounds like a perfect break Julie, hope the rest worked it's magic for DH.
    Lovely memory making for Miss Isabelle and you seem to have been quite busy with stitching & knitting too.

  30. What a wonderful trip Julie! Thanks for sharing the photos!! I felt like I tagged along :D Love your stitching progress on the PS and Irish Garden. Are those hangers crochet or knit? I can't tell for some reason!! Hugs!

  31. Looks like a fantastic spring break!

  32. How nice for you and your DH to be able to have a little time away at the seaside for some rest and relaxation. It looks like you made the most of each day and had lots of fun.

    Irish Garden is just beautiful and so are your gorgeous flowers!

    Blessings, dear Julie!

  33. What a lovely post, I'm so glad you managed to get away for a break, it really helps to recharge the batteries doesn't it. We went to our van this weekend, had some much needed chilling out whilst waiting for my next lot of treatment. With the lake being just the other side of the hedge to our van those of us on the cul de sac get visits too. I love it when the mommas bring their babies, everyone feeds them much to the delight of those who's grandchildren are visiting.
    I do hope hubby continues to improve.
    Love your stitching it's so pretty and I like your new one.

    Take care

    Peg x

  34. Gorgeous photos from your trip away. Lovely stitching too.

  35. What an enjoyable, restive break you described. Sounds as if it was what you and DH needed.


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