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I am most definitely a country girl at heart. There is just something so calming and relaxing about being surrounded by fields and nature, for me nothing beats it. Last weekend I took a spontaneous trip back to my parents house in the Sussex countryside and it was the best decision I made. A weekend with good company and nothing much planned is just what I needed to reset and refresh for the week ahead.I drove home early Saturday morning with Van Morrison keeping me company as my usual travel buddy wasn't around. Luckily I left early enough to beat most of the traffic for the Kent County Show, which I had completely forgotten was happening otherwise I could have gotten stuck for quite a while.

The weather on Saturday was lovely and sunny with a gentle breeze so we ended up sitting in the garden drinking homemade elderflower pressé and catching up on everything that's been going on whilst buzzards flew overhead. It was absolute bliss! Dad made a lovely lunch of crusty bread with mustard mayo, cheese, tomatoes, salad and balsamic vinegar to eat in the garden and it was so delicious! I think I must have spent most of that day sat outside admiring the vegetable patch and chatting away with mum. My nose did get a little pink from the sun and I now have a bit of a watch strap mark haha!

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We finished up Saturday with a lovely dinner of home grown peas, broad beans and runner beans with asparagus, broccoli, fresh pasta and pesto. Mum was very accommodating in making it totally veggie as my challenge has begun!

On Sunday we drove into the nearest town to meet up with my Sister and my niece for brunch and a catch up at Cote. On a side note we had the nicest waitress there, she was so friendly. The rest of the day was spent pottering around before a ratatouille dinner for me, duck for them followed by homemade shortcakes with homegrown strawberries for pudding. YUM. Unfortunately the weather was not so nice with various forms of rain for most of the day, but it eventually brightened up for my drive home which meant that the fields around the motorway were cast with a beautiful golden glow.

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It really was a lovely and dreamy weekend. In fact it felt so much like a holiday that it was a bit of a shock when Sunday evening rolled around as quick as it did and I had to head back to Kent. I should probably also mention that the grey cat up there (the one sleeping on mum's paperwork and making a mess) is Cleo, and the sleepy brown one is Bilbo and they are the perfect cuddle companions for a weekend-or any day of the week for that matter!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend too!

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