I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far! This year seems to be flying by, I can’t believe we’re already in April. It doesn’t seem so long ago that we were all complaining about how long January felt.
It’s been a while since I last covered some of the things I have been loving lately. So here are my April Favourites!
Bank Holiday Weekend
Nothing beats a bank holiday, especially when the weather is amazing! I made the most of it over the long weekend by visiting a few different places. One of those places was Shugborough Estate which is a National Trust in Staffordshire.
The weather could not have been more perfect on the Bank Holiday Friday. With temperatures reaching over 20 degrees it felt like a lovely Summer’s Day. I was able to wear my Broderie top that I’ve been saving throughout the Winter since I brought it in the Autumn sales!
This was the first time that I had ever visited Shugborough Estate, and I went with my mom and boyfriend. It was extremely busy by the time we got there with the additional parking being made available in the coach area. I have been a member of the National Trust for a few months now with my mom. It’s always fun discovering these vast gardens and beautiful buildings in areas that are not too far away from home.
The afternoon was spent walking around the walled gardens, exploring the outbuildings and enjoying a picnic in front of the water. There were so many areas to explore that we spent a few hours exploring the gardens whilst taking in the sun!
Whilst exploring the gardens we stumbled across a Canal Boat Market. At the edge of the property, the Essex Bridge crosses over the River Trent. It was along here where we discovered all of the canal boats selling a range of different things. The boats were selling a wide variety of food choices from tea to pizzas (which were sold out when we got there). As well as various traders selling crafts, paintings, leather goods, souvenirs as well as gifts for dogs. One canal boat even personalised gifts for you whilst you waited!
You can find out where this floating market is heading next and learn more here!
This has been a recent discovery of mine but it will soon become a favourite destination for pictures as the seasons pass by. Clent Hills is another part of the National Trust which lies 10 miles South-West of Birmingham City Centre in an area called Clent.
The views from this hill are phenomenal and they offer panoramic views from the top where you can see for miles. You can even see as far as the Malvern Hills on a clear day. With a height of 315 meters above sea level, it is easy to see why the views are so good.
There are some amazing walks around the Hills and I’ve only been able to explore a tiny fraction of them. The route up to the top of the hill is really accessible, even for people in wheelchairs. It’s also a great location for families and those with dogs as there is so much to see.
It’s easy to see why nearly a million people visit this location every year.
I actually went to the Clent Hills twice over the bank holiday. The first time I got to see the most beautiful sunset over to the West of Birmingham with my mom. The sun had turned bright red as it set below the horizon. It also cast the most beautiful warm glow over the fields and trees. There were a whole host of people there to enjoy the view and soak in the last bit of sun from another hot day.
I’m amazed as to how close this is to where I live, yet it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere. In another part of the country. I look forward to going back there in the Autumn to see the leaves change colour!
Overall the weather really made it a great bank holiday! As with all long weekends with great weather, it was finished off with a BBQ.
Earlier in the month I also went to my first ever Jewellery Class! This was a lot of fun and it was such an interesting process. I’ve been wanting to go to a class to learn how to make jewellery for the longest time. So last month I finally booked a class!
I spoke about my experience and my time there in this blog post > Ring Making Class In Birmingham
April turned out to be quite a creative month for me. I spent the month learning how to make new things as well as creating different designs. These designs then went onto my Etsy shop!
This moment was very exciting for me. I have been busy working away on my iPad drawing different things. But one idea I kept going back to were Puffins! After seeing them for the first time last year whilst on a cruise to Scotland and the Faroe Islands, I became obsessed with these adorable little birds.
It only seemed fitting to created a painting inspired by the small birds I saw. If you would like to purchase a print or support me I would really appreciate it if you could check out my Etsy listing!
So here are some things I have been really enjoying throughout April. Bring on the May Bank Holidays!
I would love to know what you got up to throughout April and the Bank Holidays? What have you been enjoying lately?