Who else thinks 3 day weekends should be a permanent thing? < Those were the only words I said all bank holiday weekend! The weather shone and the garden bloomed and it felt like just the right amount of time off work!
We had such a nice long weekend and had so much to celebrate. On the Friday it was my last day at the job I'd been with only for a few months and that same day I found out I got a job offer for an interior company nearby, Neil's mum and dad are moving down to Sussex and came to stay for the weekend, so we were celebrating the start of their house hunt, plus it was the first time of the year we got to have g&t's in the garden which is a huge celebration in itself!
We packed the weekend full of outdoorsy bits to make the most of the sunshine.
A little while back Neil treated me and him to brand new mountain bikes so that we could explore the Downs more adventurously and at speed. With the weather being so beautiful we took the opportunity to go on our first proper bike ride together starting from our house and ending at The Juggs pub, a quaint little pub in Kingston village.
It was a bumpy, very hilly ride, skidding in cow poo (lesson learned!) and regular stops to catch our breath and take in the views, ending in a pint (ok, two pints) and some lunch in the beer garden there.
The first time we found The Juggs in Kingston was last August for Neil's birthday. It was a week night and I wanted to surprise him with dinner out somewhere fairly local to our neighbourhood and as soon as I spotted the village on Google maps I knew it was a winner! Lots of gorgeous little cottages lined with wisteria and an old village churchyard and green we had birthday cake on is just a short walk away from the pub.
The next day I was so tired from the 3 hour round trip bike ride (my fitness is so bad recently!) that we decided to have a chilled one with a trip to the garden centre to run a few errands and start planting our veg for the year.
A failed trip to B&Q for horse manure turned into us driving out to Sussex Nurseries (my happy place) to stock up on bark, manure and some camellia/rhododendron feed.
Neil took the scenic route home and we found ourselves driving through my second happy place - Ditchling village.
We can't pass through without stopping for tea & scones...
When we got home the hard work started. We got the veg plot ready for planting, I sowed some strawberry seeds in the greenhouse and planted some potatoes in potato grow bags, and Neil got the mini veg plot ready for courgettes to be planted out into and made some cane wigwams for his runner beans to grow up.
We felt like this was the first real summery weekend we've had to enjoy the garden because previous years saw us filling our weekends with dust, DIY and trips to the tip.
The bathroom renovation is on the horizon though so we best enjoy this nice weather while we can. Fingers crossed for more sunny weekends like this hey!