Sunshine – Finally!

After what seems like weeks of rain, we’ve had a beautiful weekend in Bristol! Determined to make the most of it, we spent a very lovely couple of days out and about.

Ashton Court Bristol

When we moved here in August, I went straight into full-time work for the first time in years, and the 8 hour days really knocked the energy out of me for about 3 months.  By the time I got used to it, it was dark by 4pm and wet outside, and it felt like we’d missed the summer and the best time to explore a new city.

Two Trees, Ashton Court, Bristol

I’m excited now as summer approaches, and the 9 month contract I signed up to at work comes to an end.  It was the best way into Bristol and an opportunity I couldn’t turn down, but I’m looking forward to part time work again and the chance to do some freelancing, design more knitting patterns, and finally get out and see some of the area we live in :)

Red Tree

These first few pictures were taken yesterday at Ashton Court – our first visit and I am sure we will be back soon!  The weather was gorgeous and I got a little snap happy with all the colours around, it’s been grey for so long I was a bit over-excited!

Sunlight coming through the leaves

Ashton Court Bristol

After a lie in  this morning, a late breakfast of Spanish omelettes and a bit of Googling, we set off on what turned out to be about a 38 mile cycle ride to Clevedon.  I wanted to see the sea, and although Clevedon isn’t technically a beach (I don’t think) it was the closest place we could get to (and cycling meant it was free!)

Cycling Bristol to Clevedon - Approaching Pill

Portishead Cemetery

The wind was against us on the way there and it was more hilly than expected, but after a quick pit stop for lunch at Portishead Cemetery, we finally made it to Clevedon, and back!

Clevedon Pier

So this evening is all about stretching, eating curry, ginger cake and custard, Nutella from the jar, Game of Thrones and knitting.  Hurrah!

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26 Responses to Sunshine – Finally!

  1. Jo says:

    What a great post Faye! Really happy you have settled into Brizzle life and that you now have some time to pursue the path you wish to. Enjoy! x

    • buttons and beeswax says:

      Thanks Jo! Steph and I plan to spend a few of our free afternoons making dresses, so we will be paying your website a visit for pretty fabric soon! :)

      • Jo says:

        :)The last thing I put together was the Wiksten tank with some tie-dyed fabric from Heathcotes – it’s a great pattern – v. simple and versatile. x

        • buttons and beeswax says:

          Ooh that sounds interesting! I still haven’t bought any of your fabric – will be on the case now I have more time, I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve for the arts trail in October :) Hope all is well! x

  2. Ollie says:

    Let’s go cycling sometime. Perhaps not to somewhere that far away though!

    We should explore Ashton Court more… perhaps have a barbecue and pick nettles for making nettle beer!

    • buttons and beeswax says:

      Yes! Nettle and Stilton soup is good too! Ooh, and there were loads of elderflowers about, we’re going to make elderflower champagne in a few weeks when they’re a bit bigger :)

  3. Renee says:

    These photos are gorgeous. Love the clear blue skies and greenery. Your evening plan sounds perfect too, enjoy!

  4. Sounds like a fab weekend! Bristol is lovely, I would happily move there if the opportuinty arose :) Hx

  5. Jess says:

    Looks like a great ride! I’m hoping to do the Bristol-Bath cycle path next weekend, have you done it? Hoping for some sun and Pimms when we get there :)

    • buttons and beeswax says:

      Yes! I did that one on Easter weekend, it’s about 33 miles but all on the flat, MUCH easier than going to Clevedon! It took us about an hour and 45 mins each way – Pimms at the other end is a grand idea :)

  6. Looks like a beautiful area.

  7. Deco Cat says:

    Sounds like the makings of a perfect weekend, especially the Game of Thrones and Ginger cake, yum!

  8. Gracie says:

    Thanks for visiting, Faye! I have just had a quick look at your lovely blog and look forward to
    exploring it more and getting to know you. <3

    • buttons and beeswax says:

      Thank you! I’ve added you to my reader too. It’s always nice to make new blog friends! :)

  9. great photos, so good to see the sun….. for a while

  10. Sarah says:

    It looks gorgeous, no wonder you are looking forward to really exploring it!

  11. MayaB says:

    Here in London we’ve definitely skipped spring, it’s been weeks and weeks with rain. I’m hoping for a long and hot summer, though it doesn’t look like that is about to happen just yet.

    • buttons and beeswax says:

      I know! It’s currently hailing now :( And I’ve just read the headline that summer is on hold til mid june – in some parts of the UK there will be up to 2 inches of snow! I hope they’re lying…

  12. Faith Ryder says:

    Isn’t everything so much better when the sun shines, especially when then has been soo much rain and grey. I’m liking your style on curry, cake, custard and nutella!

    You have a lovely blog, and your patterns look great too….look forward to reading more!

  13. Faith Ryder says:

    I have been rendered speechless by a picture further down your blog of that huge inherited stash….wow! That’s some serious amount of queuing on ravelry to sort that lot out!

  14. Jess says:

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog :) Welcome to bristol! The pics of Ashton Court look amaing, it’s lovely to see it through new eyes. Shame you missed the Simon Amstell gig, he was brilliant, as funny as he is in Grandma’s House. I definitely recommend going if you ever get a chance. :)
    Jess xx

  15. Sue says:

    Hi Faye, what a lovely cycle ride you had and such gorgeous photos, can’t blame you when we are so sun deprived! Would love to go to see Clevedon Pier it looks amazingly elegant jutting out into the sea. Sounds like you worked up quite an appetite too!

  16. Triona says:

    Beautiful pictures! They make me long to go for a walk…

  17. Truly Myrtle says:

    Pretty photos!
    Hurray to ending your contract and doing some knitting design!!!!
    And hurray to knitting, Game of Thrones and nutella from the jar :)

  18. Niko Holmen says:

    Thx for your post, I really enjoy your blog. Long time lurker, first time commenter, you know the drill. I tried to share this one time before, I don’t think it posted correctly…hopefully it will this time!

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