When we picked J up en route on Friday night the rain was coming down in bucket-loads and I was mildly alarmed (but not surprised) to see that he wasn't wearing a coat. (He's a teenager and I don't think they 'do' coats.) He was also wearing a pair of brand spanking new - very white - trainers. I quelled my natural instinct to insist on him grabbing a jacket and a pair of more practical [older, less cool] shoes and thanked the Lord that we had packed a shedload of DVDs in case we were stuck indoors.
Saturday, however, dawned bright and breezy. I was up ages before Andrew and J so made myself a big mug of coffee and sneaked into the living room, put the little fire on and spent a few hours stitching before the menfolk got up. It was bliss!
Andrew was first to surface so we dressed quickly and took the dog for a walk to the bakery to fetch supplies for brunch. We sat around the caravan watching TV for a while and then drove across to Holt for cake and a poke around some of the antique shops. I have found a new favourite shop and spent a bit too long lusting after vintage factory baskets (bought two, yay!), vintage-style ribbon and wire bread baskets. I also found a ladybird book in an antique shop that I had LOVED as a child and completely forgotten about. Wish I had bought it now, I keep thinking about it: The Elves and the Shoemaker. Remember that one? I loved the little pink boots the elves had made.
When we got back to the caravan it was warm and sunny so we took a long walk along the beach - J and Andrew played catch all the way along the promenade.
Walking along the sea front with my little dog in the sunshine, watching my two best boys running around, laughing and yelling to each other makes me so happy, really properly heart-squeezingly happy. Such simple pleasures. Nice to spend the weekend remembering what's important - it's been a bit stressful round here lately.
We rounded up the day with an early dinner at the pub, a quick turn around the little amusement arcade and walked back to the caravan with an ice cream before settling down to watch a film together.
Sunday was more of the same - walks in the sunshine, sewing and reading. The weather was beautiful so we chose to make the most of it and stay a bit later than we ordinarily would. It was quiet, relaxed and nice to have some proper quality time together.
Today has been a different story altogether. We discovered that our debit card has been cloned and the fraudsters (love that word) have spent £1,500 on gambling websites. (I am ashamed to admit that I was a teeny bit relieved at the fact it was a genuine fraudster this time. Andrew phoned me, just a few weeks ago, in a huge panic about a potential fraud on our account where the fraudsters had spent ridiculous amounts of money at Amazon and Space:nk, all in the space of a few days. Erm, no darling, that was me. Not popular.)
We will get the money back but not before our holiday on Thursday and I had big plans for that cash, largely involving the French flea markets and haberdasheries. :-)
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