Lifestyle: A Weekend in the Country

After a stressful few weeks at work, top of my list was relaxing. Limited screen time, less electronic devices buzzing incessantly at me to action something, and plenty of fresh air. I certainly managed that last weekend!

 photo IMG_2246_zps8vlg4q22.jpg photo IMG_2239_zpst2p6oank.jpg photo IMG_2236_zps6gdxaxel.jpg photo IMG_2225_zpsjkysrmiq.jpgMy dad’s 50th, a hired cottage sleeping 10, family friends and dogs, it wasn’t as relaxing as I had planned but I certainly felt rejuvenated. Days started with helping my mum cook massive fry-ups and debating where to spend the day. The majority of the weekend was taken up with trying to wear out children and dogs. Basking in the sun on Saturday. Discovering that 18 miles on a bike (bought when I was 8!) stuck in fourth gear is impossible (my bottom remains bruised). Sheltering from the cold with on the Sunday. Giant bowls of chilli and tortilla chips. Sending the men outside to BBQ, ferrying food through windows so we could eat without shivering. Sunday roasts. Practicing first aid when play-fighting meant eye brows hit sideboards (it’ll be a lovely scar). Hide and seek in the huge hired house. Board games, films, plenty of baked goods. A pretty perfect weekend.

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 photo IMG_2187_zps7kg1evhd.jpg photo IMG_2198_zpsfilewhie.jpg photo IMG_2199_zpsigxncws5.jpgDiet ruined, plenty of baked goods were consumed. A customised birthday cake from M&S was as delicious as it was huge, despite the disturbing green icing. I made some delicious Bounty Flapjack (recipe to come soon), Dad whipped up Peanut Butter Brownies (at 6am…the smell was a killer waking up!), and W made an amazing Malteaser Tiffin that I’m slowly trying to get the recipe for!

 photo IMG_2240_zps0utkak16.jpg photo IMG_2242_zpsqdrhtfyg.jpg photo IMG_2244_zpsdyc3muby.jpgBeing fortunate with the weather on Saturday, I spent the day moaning about being too warm in tights and shorts. The sudden cold snap on the Sunday meant I was hugely grateful for my new Barbour Jacket from Repertoire Fashion. It’s actually a men’s jacket, as I find they fit me better (I don’t have to size up and they cover my bottom adequately). I’ve loved browsing the site as they have some great bargains, though sizes are limited so if you see something I’d snap it up pretty quickly!

 photo IMG_2159_zpscsa0t7l0.jpg photo IMG_2244_zpsdyc3muby.jpg photo IMG_2245_zpsdngc0zcm.jpg photo IMG_2241_zpstc0et5s8.jpgI picked up a standard Barbour Heritage* in navy, though I’m hugely craving the Merlot Red colour now too. It’s perfect, warm and cosy, protective from the wind, yet it allows me to scramble up/down hills and really get a pace on whilst walking. I’ve always assumed you were just paying for the brand, but the jacket just screams quality. I’m not sure I’ll ever buy a different branded dog-walking jacket again! Just excuse the not-so sensible shoes, my Joules wellies have cracked and I’m yet to find any suitable for my wide-calves…

 photo IMG_2229_zpsu1czbbga.jpg photo IMG_2210_zpsy8uxbfra.jpgThe most wonderful weekend, quality time with family and friends, delicious food, and succeeding in wearing out the dog. I rediscovered how stunning the countryside is around Leicestershire and Rutland, remembered how I love using footpaths as opposed to more tourist-y country parks, and I’m itching to pick up an updated OS map (the one I use is from the nineties!). Now if only I could have another weekend to recover!

What have you been up to with your weekends lately?