an extra day every 4 years – what i did with mine

Crisp clear frosty start to the 29th of February 2016.
Another 4 years until this date arrives again so I decided to take random mobile phone photos of my day.

Turning 40 at Christmas meant I had won a trip to the doctors for a free MOT health check Woohoo! So 40 minutes later emerge with less blood than I went in with, the promise of a 24 hour blood pressure check, advised to have more milk….bleugh more fresh fruit..i wish (stupid allergies) but at least weight and height are ok ūüôā Returned home via shops, seeing signs of spring and snapping pics of urban textures.

Inside a canal lock gate

Not really what I expected to do for the weekend but had a fascinating trip to Mountsorrel locks near Leicester where the Canal and River Trust are restoring the lock gates.

The lock has been drained Рfirst time in 30 years. No treasures were found at the bottom but it does have the original red  bricks dating back from between 1780 and 1794. The top and bottom lock gates are being replaced, together they weigh nearly 4 tonnes! The lock chamber itself is a massive 28 metres long, 4.6 metres wide and 3.4 metres deep and it can hold 438,000 litres of water, standing inside it was awe inspiring and almost hard to believe how much water should be above my head.

Also had a lovely little trip along the canal in a barge thanks to Sileby Mill Boatyard.

The event is on again tomorrow (28th Feb 2016)
There’s also a lovely pub next to the canal (The Waterside Inn)

Pop Up Wedding Village

It was an absolute delight to attend the first Pop Up Wedding Village organised by the super talented Honeysuckle & Castle and Save the Date Magazine. Held within the beautiful grounds and rustic Riding School at National Trust Calke Abbey, Derbyshire. It was a mixed weather day with heavy rain showers jumbled up with a good dose of sunshine, but thoroughly enjoyable in all respects. The traders attending this event are outstanding with so much creativity and talent.

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All you need is LOVE

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Ride in style with this super VW camper from Campervan Weddings. I would love to own one of these & to have stunning interior like this one would be a dream come true.

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Vintage red double decker Routemaster Bus Bar

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How delightful is this classic silver blue metallic Daimler called Charlotte from Dennisson Classic Cars

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Inside Peaktipis, a glamourous and fabulous alternative to a traditional looking marquee

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Delish with their Victorian strongman themed dessert table & cake pops, Victorian Fairground cake by¬†Danielle Gotheridge. Intended to return & purchase some of these goodies to bring home but didn’t get chance.
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A whole stand of gorgeousness from Love Lucy Designs

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Emily Wisher is an artisan florist who works with in season British flowers, the smell of these cut blooms was devine

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Sugared Rose with her delightfully decorated cakes
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The Greenary, a boutique florist from Derbyshire who also decorated the gorgeous Cakey Wakey cake with fresh flowers (photo bottom right)

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Baroque Couture design bespoke wedding dresses and accessories, this stand was so magical and twinkly.

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Superb invitations and stationary by Enchanting. Custom design your invites, place cards & table names with different coloured satin ribbon, pearl, crystal adornments & lace

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Adam Thomas & the Souljers all singing, all dancing musical trio

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Beautiful baked designed and decorated cakes, naked cakes and cupcakes from Helen Alborn Cakes

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Birds in the Attic had a stand full of lovely quirky gifts., the little feather buttonholes are simply brilliant.

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Fabulous top floral designer Orchis floral design

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How about a spot of Crafternoon Tea for your Hen party before going out in the evening. Create things & eat cake before going out in the evening, turning your hen party into a full day of fun

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Lee Garland Wedding Photograph captures beautiful relaxed photographs of your special day.

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Green Kitchen Cakes  bake beautiful delicious cakes for weddings and special occasions, iced, buttercream or naked like this one.

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The Bay Tree Hire Company tress decorated with twinkly little lights and lovely organza bows

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Delightful and delicious Yummy Little Cakes

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Exquisite dresses from Charlotte Thompson Bridal 

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Superbly talented and quirky Mad Philomena event stationary styling & props

DSC_3766_Susan Guy_PopUpWeddingVillageOlive Creations specialise in personalised gifts for every occaision

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HBA Photography are a super talented husband and wife team

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Mobile Fish & Chip van

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Beth Anne Fletcher photography

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Stunning flowers from Nadia Di Tullio, the headpieces were gorgeous

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If I have missed linking your business in any of the photos featured please leave a comment and I will include it asap. Apologies to anyone at the event not featured in this blog

More photos can be seen here  or via the website: Susan Guy Photography

Beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water

We spent a few very enjoyable few days in the Cotswolds in beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water (Venice of the Cotswolds) A series of elegant low bridges cross the River Windrush that flows through the picturesque centre. The river has an average depth of just 10 inches as it flows through Bourton

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DSC_2098 Susan Guy Bourton on the WaterTea for two came with delightfully pretty teacups, delicious smoked Salmon, Roast Beef, Egg & Cress finger sandwiches followed by Scones with cream & jam and a selection of scrummy cakes.
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DSC_2204 B&WThe following days weather was not as glorious…rain. However this did not dampen our spirits and visited The Model Village, a 1/9th scale replica of Bourton village complete with named shop fronts, church with choir & bridges that arch over replica streams. Created by a previous landlord of the Old New Inn it took five years to build and was officially opened¬†¬†on the Coronation Day of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the late Queen Mother) in 1937. Even the plants and trees are miniature!¬†I remember visiting as a child and thoroughly enjoyed going back seeing them miniature high street buildings and feeling like a giant.¬†
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