Well, the best made plans and all that! I had Friday off to catch up with myself after having many sleepless nights with Coco and getting her used to her medication (thank you so much for your kind comments about her). She slept the whole of Thursday night so I was totally refreshed and thought I could go out and have a walk around Spalding, something I haven't done for ages. Well, it was pouring down, Coco was not coming for a walk, no way, no how! Unfortunately that meant that Hubby and Mr Teen were also very reluctant (I mean, they weren't going to dissolve with a bit of water were they?). With Miss Teen in school I was outnumbered, so the housework was my regular friend again - time to beat the rain and get the mountain of washing dry!
Hmmm, no, washing was not going to dry due to tumble drier deciding to die on me, so there was not going to be any sitting down here...
Instead I was going to sit in here for a while... not the most riveting of places I have to say!
Luckily I was the only one in here and the drying was finished before I knew it. So, rather than spend this week's blog post boring you with the whys and wherefores of launderette etiquette you will be pleased to know that the rain did eventually stop and myself and Miss Teen got our day out to catch up on Spalding. It was time to leave the rain drops on the window panes and travel a handful of miles to the market town.
Our morning had been visiting Mumsy and Dad, Dad being still very poorly from a particularly bad spout of flu that has left him with various serious ailments. As a result myself and Mumsy haven't been doing our usual visits out and about - I miss her! Yes you Mum! Then me and Miss Teen set off to town. It was misty and the longer we were out the more mistier it became.
We noticed that this was going at the White Horse Pub...
The re-ridging of the thatch has certainly smartened this lovely pub up. It reminds me so much of my old Sweetbriar Cottage and its protective thatched roof.
Time for a bit of shopping at one of the antique shops in The Crescent for Miss Teen's birthday present. This was with some of the birthday money she received and something that she kept thinking and going back to. I think she made a very good choice!
Then onto the fifteenth century's Ayscoughee Hall...
This Museum has many events during the year, but all was quiet today.
And here is the back, we weren't going inside today (a past post when I did go inside is here).
The gardens were quiet so we had a leisurely walk among the ancient yew hedge. Their soft mounds of greenness are beautiful to look at.
However, walking underneath, they are a different story and quiet creepy!
Especially when I put the flash on!
I was glad to get away from there really! Then a walk along the perimeter and enjoying the brickwork along with the street lights beyond wall.
Christmas is in the air and seeing the holly didn't seem out of place now.
The mistiness of the day was beginning to make its presence known, with St Mary and St Nicholas' spire gradually being camouflaged.
But we just had to do a bit of this...
And of course, a bit of that...
One of things that we do like to look at is the Ice House. This was where the ice from the nearby lake was collected and then put onto a slab in an enclosed chamber within the Ice House. There are apparently three chambers so that the inner one is protected from any heat and is in an air lock.
The lake looked so peaceful with this low light and mist. At the other end, the War Memorial, now quiet after the Remembrance Services.
After this little walk, we had to go to Springfields Outlet and Gardens. The mist was really coming down now.
I was then abandoned by Miss Teen while she caught up briefly with some friends, so I thought this was the best opportunity for some quiet time for me and a walk around the gardens. I felt totally alone while the hustle and bustle was kept for the Christmas shoppers in the Outlet shops.
The trees are all shedding their leaves now and the bark set against them was beautiful to capture.
Springfields has many sculptures and this one wasn't turning today. It reminds me of a water mill decorated with cushions!
There were also some interesting mushrooms... I wasn't touching this one which was dripping its ink.
The mist was incredibly low now, so it was time to meet up again with Miss Teen and head off home.
With plans in place for the next few weeks (Sandringham next week, Hampton Court Palace the week after and then Camden Town and Trafalgar Square the week after that) when am I going to fit Christmas shopping in??!
I hope you can join me next week as we visit the Sandringham Christmas Craft Fair - maybe that's when my Christmas shopping will start.
But now, with Coco back from a walk, medication in place and lots of cuddles, it's time for a rest!
Thanks so much for your visits and comments last week, along with some lovely new followers. You really do make my day!
Have a lovely weekend and week enjoying the changes of the season.