A day off work.
Just to do what we please....
After throwing around ideas we decided on a visit to The Craft Barn in Surrey. Now, I have planned to go here for a l-o-n-g time and suddenly I make two visits in 4 days! But that's a story for another time....
We arrived at The Craft Barn and there was a surprise in store. Because unbeknown to my friend Jill, I had arranged to meet one of my blog-buddies there. It was lovely to see Jill's look of surprise when Ruth arrived! We had all met earlier this year at a residential in Milton Keynes. It was so good to catch up with Ruth again and we all managed to browse, spend money and admire the wonderful supplies.
Ruth had an appointment so the three of us went to lunch in a pub. And then we explored Godstone, a beautiful village with a green and pond, and an antique shop where I bought a lovely wall mounted candle holder. It will look lovely in the garden and it is rusty and aged, so just the effect I want.
We then went to the village church, where there is a pirates grave.
The story goes that the pirate was buried in an unmarked grave and this was the start of strange happenings... until eventually he was
reburied and given a Christian service.
And next to this church there was another...
a small church set in grounds with a row of almshouses. This was an unexpected find and there was much photo taking....
We also found a lovely tea room overlooking the village green. It was featured in a magazine, and the warm welcome and home made cakes certainly lived up to it's reputation.
The sun shone from start to finish, and it was a lovely relaxing day. Batteries are restored, good company enjoyed, and I bought home many happy memories and lots of photos. Oh! And of course... I mustn't forget the lovely papers, dies and other lovely things I bought in The Craft Barn. I filled my loyalty card in just two visits and now have a £5 voucher to spend. Must go back soon, me thinks!!
Days like today are precious to me.
Time with special friends, wind down time, doing things I enjoy most.
So it is fitting to add it to Sian Fair's monthly
'Story Telling Sunday: Pick your Precious'.
There are other stories to read so why not take time out for yourself and pop over?