Sunday, 15 April 2012

Relaxing Sunday

We try to keep at least one day a week free to allow us to relax without having a long list of jobs to do. Today was one of those days.....

The children will be back at Uni towards the end of the week and so the day started with having a leisurely  cooked breakfast at our favourite cafe in Weymouth, before we went our separate ways - the children were working and we were off to one of our favourite charity plant sales.



We have a number of charity plant sales held in Dorset at this time of the year. They are held in the grounds of old manor houses which have beautiful gardens, that you can also wander around .There are usually up to 20 local plant sellers many selling unusual plants. It is like being a child in a sweet shop and of course we couldn't resist! The sale today was at Mapperton House, originally built in the 16th century with additions added over the centuries.


The gardens are below the house in a valley, the first pool is a swimming pool  what surroundings to swim in!




 loved this stall I could have bought the lot if only I wasn't de-cluttering.......



These amazing sculptures were also for sale and have been made out of wire aren't they beautiful?

As you may have noticed I have been making a few changes to my blog  these are :-
A new banner.
New tabs at the top of the page. 
All the sites I am now following are listed on the front page.
A new button down the side if you wish I will automatically notify you of new posts by email .
Some viewers were having problems leaving comments and hopefully this has now been rectified.

Thanks again for visiting me, I hope you like the changes and that you managed to relax sometime over the weekend too.

Sarah



16 comments:

  1. Lovely changes to your blog Sarah and some great pics too. How did you manage to resist!? Xx

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  2. It was very difficult to resist especially now I am dreaming of a shabby chic patio!
    Sarah

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  3. What a wonderful day out and such goodies to buy, oooo the temptation! I'm in awe of those sculptures, what a talent to be able to do that. Suzy x

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  4. My kind of day to have too. What a beautiful place to visit.

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  5. We have been down to Weymouth for the weekend and had a lovely time.Meet up with friends for a meal at the Elm Tree at Langton Herring very lovely.I would have love to go to the plant sale.Lesley x

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  6. I always meant to ask where is that colourful place on your previous banner?
    I liked 'I would have bought the lot if only I wasn't decluttering' - what will power - well done!

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  7. The colourful place in my previous banner was Kingsand in the forgotten corner of Cornwall overlooking Plymouth Sound. My original title was views of Dorset,Devon and Cornwall. Although I love these other counties and we frequently visit there Dorset seems to be dominating my posts!
    Sarah

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  8. Hi Sarah, thanks for your lovely comment, the next one is on the 26th May, hope you can come and see me. the Mapperton lant sale looks good and a lovely place, not been there yet!. Julie xxx

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  9. Oh hooray, I can comment now! Thank you so much for those changes and your more kind words in your email. I adore that pool and the surrouding hedges. I've always had a thing for them. And the brick buildings. Ah lovely. My urban garden currently consists of a peace lily, orchid and ficus burgundy rubber plant.

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  10. I just had a thought. Do you call chickens, "chooks"? An American blogger friend had to google it because they don't call them that. It made me think we Australians get it from our British heritage?

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    1. I'm afraid we call them chickens here. Don't they call them chooks in New Zealand too? If it did originated in England we might have changed the word after the years. So glad you are now able to comment!
      Sarah

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  11. love those wire sculptures!! like the blog changes, i dont think i could put all the sites i follow on my front page, there are far oo many!!

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  12. The new banner looks lovely Sarah - and I'm very taken with those statues - sometimes we see baby deer in the field behind our house.

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  13. What a lovely relaxing Sunday you had. My Sunday was a little bit more exhausting - you can read about it if you pop over to my blog if you have the time.

    Lovely photos ... and those sculptures are fantastic.

    Fleur xx

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  14. Hello Sarah:
    Your Sundays, without chores, seem to us to be absolutely perfect and the idea of going out to breakfast appeals to us enormously. Such a fun thing to do.

    It is years since we were at Mapperton but it remains in our minds as one of the most magical of gardens and so, so dramatic with those wonderful terraced areas descending down the hillside.

    Thank you so much for becoming a Follower of our blog and for leaving a comment to which we have made reply.

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  15. I looked at your pictures on your hike along the cliffs on Good Friday. The pictures are stunning. I would be a bit scared to get so close to the edges though. Your idea about removing one item a day is great. We also have so many things in our house – we need to throw them away or give them away. I’d love to be able to go to your plant sale. We bought plants this week but mostly for pots as we have too much shade in our yard.

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