Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Day Off Together

Last Friday I had the day off  work.
I work Tuesday afternoons, Thursday mornings and all day on a Friday.
There is a really silly rule at work whereby I have to take my 4 weeks annual leave as either whole weeks at a time or if I want to do it by odd days here and there they have to be 4 Tuesdays, 4 Thursdays and 4 Fridays.
As lovely as it was to have a day off with G a Tuesday or a Thursday is of far more use to me when there are childcare issues.
Anyway, as we had the day off we wanted to go out for a few hours and decided upon Christchurch.
The children and I had had a lovely day out there back in 2013, G had never been, it was easily accessible by train and we could be back in time for S coming in from school.

First thing to catch my eye was some artwork brightening up the walls of the train station, always love to see deckchairs and a beach hut.

I liked the fact that even for estate agent signage was looking festive.

Other things which caught my attention were this pretty seating outside a pub, the rustic wreath on a pretty gift shop, the jolly Father Christmas apron in the window of a sewing shop and the muted shades of a stained glass window.

We took a little detour away from the high street (where we had made a few present purchases) towards the river which is where we saw this narrow house. You can't really see it in this photo by it had a very cute illuminated set of holly leaves hanging above the door.

It really was quite chilly and G and I didn't take the walk along the river past the chamber block as I had done with the children, he said he'd like to return in the summer and explore more then.

Lots of birds were sheltering on the walls, all puffed up against the wind.

The charity shops didn't have much to interest us- apart from this gorgeous Brora skirt. Mine for a bargainous £4. This photo doesn't do it justice, it's so much nicer than this in the flesh.

My only other buy, apart from the aforementioned Christmas presents was this hand knitted bunch of cherries. I'm going to attach a pin to the back and wear it as a brooch. Mine for only £1. I was so happy with this find given my love of cherries.


  1. That sounds like a lovely day :)

  2. we enjoyed days out in Christchurch when Jess and Joe were young. We'd go on the bus.
    They loved feeding the swans and squirrels.

    Sometimes Jess drives me there for a walk and lunch. it' a beautiful town to visit. Glad you found some treasures.

  3. I think it's lovely to have some time to spend together as a couple when there are children at home, I know it can be tricky sometimes which makes it all the more special.

  4. Oh it's so lovely to have a day like this.
    Christchurch is a very nice place to visit ... down by The Priory and around the Harbour area.
    Sometimes it's just nice to have a 'mooch' even in the cooler days.

    Happy Friday Wishes - hope work goes well.

    All the best Jan

  5. I can't remember the last time I went to Christchurch. I must have been a child. Another place to add to my list I think.

  6. Love that skirt!! I think I went to Christchurch once - It was lovely xxxx (PS your holiday rules are pants! Who invents these rules!!!) xxxx

  7. I've never been to Christchurch but it sounds as though you had a lovely day there. I enjoyed seeing the sights with you, and that skirt is fab! xxx

  8. What a lovely day out. I've been to Christchurch once and I remember the pretty views along the river. Hope you can go back in the summertime to see more of the town. I love your Brora skirt- what a find! And I love cherries too. Yours would look even sweeter worn as a brooch. X

  9. How lovely to have a day off together, even if it would be nicer to save it for if S is unwell.
    The cherries are really cute!x

  10. Hello Lisa, it's so lovely to be here at your blog, thank you very much for your sweet words on my little space. Looks like you had a great day out in Christchurch and picking up a pretty bargain or two is always nice. I adore the cherries!
    Anna xx