Bank Holiday Hangs | Modern Mummy

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Bank Holiday Hangs

Aaaargh, we're half way through the short week already - where did our bank holiday weekend go?!

The girls and I had a lovely few days; kick starting the long weekend with our traditional Friday night movie night (this week we watched The Secret of the Kells which was AMAZING if you're looking for a recommendation). Then Saturday was our chilled out day before two days of gallivanting across the South East of England.

On Sunday we went to one of our favourite museums, the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, which is in Singleton, near Chichester. It's only a few miles away from here and we love it so much we are fully paid up annual members, which means we can go back as often as we like without having to pay extra entrance fees.

As it's name would suggest, the museum is predominantly outdoors - it's a 40 acre site where the exhibits are traditional rural buildings which have been rescued from ruin, rebuilt and furnished. There are over fifty buildings there - some houses, some working buildings like farmhouses and mills, and the oldest is 600 years old!

The girls' favourite buildings are Whittaker's Cottages, and whenever we visit that's the first place we head to. They are a pair of cottages built in the 1860s for agricultural labourers, and they are pretty much identical to our own cottage. The girls are fascinated that in Victorian times, a family of 10 would have lived in a house our size!

Selfie in the mirror of the grown up's bedroom at Whittakers Cottages

Daisy and Evie in the children's bedroom - 8 children would have slept in here in the 1860s!
Another building that the girls love is the old school house - it's absolutely teeny tiny (when it opened in 1712 it originally only had 6 pupils!) and the old school walls have also been rebuilt so you can see how tiny the little playground was.

Sat on the old school wall
But the reason we paid the museum a visit on this occasion was because there was a Food and Folk Festival going on - and it was brilliant! We couldn't have picked a day with better weather; the sun was shining and skies were blue, we made flower crowns and danced round the maypole and watched the morris dancers do their thang..... and of course we ate our way around the food stalls over the course of the day ;) Some highlights were O'Hagan's sausages, Mummy Makes fudge and the brisket and roasted beetroot pasty I had from the Podgy Pieman was seriously the best I have ever tasted!

Daisy wearing her willow flower crown

After a fairly decent night's sleep as far as they go (six uninterrupted hours!) we spent Bank Holiday Monday in Brighton, which seems to be turning into a bit of a tradition these days. This time we were on a specific mission - to visit the Brighton Art Market (which is happening at the Brighthelm Centre every weekend in May if you fancy heading down) and buy a Pearl Bates print. The weather wasn't on our side this time and we ended up getting pretty drenched in the morning but we took shelter in the shops (and by shelter I mean I dragged the kiddos into Snoopers Paradise and got them rummaging through all the vintage photos for ones with cats in them!) and had Wagamamas for lunch to warm up a bit.

One of Pearl Bates' murals on the walls of the Laines

Looking for vintage cat photos... we found one!
It brightened up in the afternoon, so we had a proper wander around the Laines and a walk along the pier and then had an ice cream before walking along the prom to Hove for a cup of tea at my godparents' house :)

Evie with some of Minty's street art

My beautiful Daisy ;)

Bribery was involved in the set up of this shot

As is the way with holidays, I always feel as if I need another one by the end of them - but when we are given an extra day off work and school, we like to make the most of it! I'm already looking forward to the next bank holiday coming up at the end of May!


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