I left home at 18 to go to university and never went back really, except for visits, of course. Now that we have the cottage, a lot of our weekends are taken up staying there (no complaint!) which does tend to mean we don't get to visit anywhere else particularly frequently. I seem to have fallen into a pattern of only getting back "home" once a year. Better make the most of it then!
So, off we went for a weekend of pampering and laziness at my parents' hands! Cheshire really is a beautiful county, the countryside is stunning and my Dad, having lived there all his life, is the ultimate tour guide, even if he does do his best to seek out every tiny, bumpy, windy lane going!
We ended up in Malpas which is where my paternal grandfather used to live. I haven't visited his cottage since he died 11 years ago so it was time to return. The view from his cottage, converted from stables long since, is lovely, all rolling countryside...
A very handsome kitty is now in residence, called Timmy, who enjoys his very own "jungle" in the garden which is where I remember all the workshops once being.
We were so close to Cheshire Ice Cream Farms that it would have been rude not to drop in! They have gazillions of flavours of delicious ice cream made from the milk from the cows on the farm. We won't go into how many flavours Mr HH managed to put away.
Of course, few of the trips we make fail to take in a bit of the steamy stuff...
I've long loved the little town of Llangollen in North Wales and it is now an added bonus for the boys that it has a very lovely steam railway.
Whilst mooching round the town, we spotted this rather cute caravan!
Travelling along the line to Carrog, we had fun trying to pronounce the rather challenging Welsh place names!
Mr HH headed straight for the railway shop in an attempt to add to his vast railway library whilst I enjoyed the sights on the platform. It always amazes me how beautifully kept these old stations on the preserved steam railways are - in strict comparison with the rather dismal railway stations we are presented with today which have a few plastic flowers in a hanging basket if you are lucky.
Into Chester for a final look round on Monday, mum took me to this new (to me) shop. Golly, what made her think I would be interested in "The Vintage Shop"?!
I loved the tea trolley in the window laden with some gorgeous flowery blue cups and saucers...
We strolled back from town along the canal (the Shropshire Union Canal), much better than walking along the busy roadside.
One member of the party was particularly delighted, especially when some very kind ladies passing by shared their bread supply with him so that he in turn, could feed these feathered friends. People are so lovely to children, I want to be a child again!
We had a lovely few days and recharged the old batteries. For some, it proved a bit more tiring!
Yes, Marty the Meerkat came too!