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.