How are you? I hope things are running smoothly in your lives. Mine, well, it's not so smooth at the moment. Real life here is a tad stressful. I seem to have a shed load of issues to cope with....one of which is an actual shed, currently half finished and leaking like a sieve. More on that another day.
There is also illness, accidents and incompetence conspiring to upset my equilibrium. I've been feeling especially frazzled this week.
Thankfully, today mum suggested a little outing, and it turned out to be just what I needed.
We travelled into the smallest county in England....Rutland. And stopped in the pretty market town of Uppingham.
The weather was lovely, and the flowers were still blooming.
Though you could see it was autumn not summer.
I have never visited this town before and I was pleasantly surprised.
Lots of stone buildings housing independent shops.
and pretty, sunlit corners.
I loved this seasonal window display.
And the old buildings on the high street.
Within one is a charity shop that has books AND a tea shop. Perfect.
Mum, who's a lifelong artist and art enthusiast, was looking for a gallery she had heard about. Thankfully the volunteer who brought our refreshments knew where it was and gave us excellent directions.
Refreshed we walked back up the high street, admiring the baskets.
And Yarny signs.
Stitch Upp. Great name :0)
A view of the high street.
And the church across the square.
There's an ornamental light here, which the sun illuminated.
I liked this quiet corner of the churchyard with it's rooftop view.
Old cottages always make me smile.
And our parking spot.
Mum had done a quick sketch of the scene.
I look forward to seeing a painting of this mum :0)
Ahhh, lovely Haworth. I must re-visit you soon :0)
That's better. Flowers do make me happy. I really must remember to pick a posy for the mantle more often.
I'm feeling much brighter tonight, due in part to some issues now being resolved, and to getting away from the others for a while. Sorry to be a bit cryptic here. I'm ok and I do hope you are too.