Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Bank holiday part two.

After a lovely day at the beach we weren't sure what to do on Sunday, I fancied going to a boot fair. So I looked one up on the computer and off we set. But on the way there we didn't see any signs for it and when we got the the field it was empty. Oh well we said and went off for a drive and ended up coming across Lullingstone Castle the one from that BBC 2 program. Even though the castle and gardens where closed, we still walked around the rest of it and made friends with some lovely horses. The girls loved this and stroked their noses. I'm afraid I didn't take the camera with me because I wasn't banking on going anywhere this nice. Just walking around a boot fair wouldn't make for any good photos, so I left it at home. Now we have the opening times we will go back and I'll get lots of pictures.
On our way back home we came across a boot fair, They must of moved it to this other field. It wasn't really worth stopping. I don't know why I wanted to go to one, it was just full of rubbish and lots of knock off DVD sellers. I must just stick to nice respectable craft and antique fairs. I promised Ben I would never ask him to take me to another car boot fair again.

Bank holiday Monday was another lovely sunny day and we got up nice and early. Ben made a little picnic and we went off to Finchcocks manor at Goudhurst they had their summer craft fair. And it was well worth going just to see the house and gardens. Very beautiful, I really would like to have a stall myself next time. As it was heaving and everyone seemed to have a bag or two. Wish I'd heard about it sooner, oh well maybe I'll book a stall for the Winter fair.
After looking around the fair twice and treating Molly to a elephant shaped cookie cutter, we all walked around the gardens. In this middle bit there is a fish pond full of big fat gold fish, the girls liked watching them. And running round and around it. This wall with it arch way reminds me of the secret garden film.
I was so happy when we found these beautiful sweet peas, they smelled so nice, I was so tempted to pick a pod or three lol and have a go at growing them myself, but I was very good and didn't. I just enjoyed looking and smelling them. I think next year I'll get some packs of seeds and pop them in the ground. They are one of my favourite flowers.

It was a lovely visit and once Ben had bought us some yummy homemade fudge and coconut ice, we went back to the car and had some food and drink. As it was still early Ben said lets head off down to the coast. But on the way there we both saw a sign for a fun day. So we stopped off there instead. There was a little flea market, dog show, a couple of craft stalls and lots of rides. I picked up a pretty plate with pink roses on and a cup and saucer. I was very silly and can't make my mind up about a very pretty china set because it was so chipped and as I turned to ask Ben what he thought about it, this woman jumped in and grabbed it for herself :( I drove myself and Ben mad for a couple of hours because I should of just bought it. It was only a £1 and there was 2 cups, 2 saucers and 4 side plates. And it was in a gorgeous light green with tiny flowers on it. And worst of all the couple selling it where very old and just lovely and had used it for many happy years. Argh! I know next time just to buy it, if I like it. Has this happened to anyone else? Please tell me I'm not the only one that does silly things to themselves. lol
We didn't have a very good drive home, Daisy had got so over tired she screamed for what seemed an eternity and finally fell asleep half an hour away from home. Only to wake up as bright as a button hehe! When the rest of us where knackered.

Here she is all tuckered out that night, she just wanted to sleep here on the step into the living room. Little cutie, but there is tiny horns under that hair somewhere lol and they come out every now and when hehe!

I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday together. Bye for now.

Catherine x


Ragged Roses said...

Aaargh I remember those drives home with one of the girls asleep in the back! Sounds like you had a great weekend exploring, shame about the tea set, that kind of thing always happens to me! have a good weekend
Kim x

Faye 'Country Chic' said...

I have just come across your blog and have had a lovely time reading it. We have family in Kent 'Cranbrook' so I know how lovely Hastings can be on a sunny day. It looks like you had a fantastic bank holiday (I had a horrid migraine the whole time.) Regarding the car boot finds, if I see anything nice I pick it up quickly and then ponder, it too has happened to me too many times. Oh and the comment about the little horns appearing made me giggle my little girl has the same problem, it must be their age :)

Clare said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time. Shame about the tea set, that is just so annoying. We visited Finchcocks a few weeks ago. Did you see my post about it?
I loved the cosy cats in the greenhouse!

Tracy said...

i did the finchcock fair many, many years ago with my friend amanda - we were outside in the marquee for 3 days - we made such an effort - willow hurdles at the back, fairy lights - handmade goodies......
it was a disaster!
i just covered my half of the stall fee - my poor friend didn't even manage that!
i hope that it has changed - it used to be full of awful clothes and a HUGE amount of imported jewelery!!!
have a great weekend - hope the little horns do not show themselves!
tracy x

Kat-in-a-flap. said...

Hello Catherine,
I often get home and then wish I had bought something only to go back and find it gone,just look at it that you were not meant to have it and something better will turn up.I remember not buying a pink teddy bear at the school fair when I was a little girl I let it go and then cried when I got home,I've never learned from the experience.
Little daisy looks too much of an angel to have horns,just like can be deceptive.
Love to you all, Kat xx