Saturday is absolutely my favourite day of the week and I think it always has been. When I was younger, Saturday was a morning for chores and - if I hurried - there was the chance to catch Going Live and the lovely Philip Schofield!
My main jobs were to deep clean the bathroom, then dust and hoover the sitting room and I still like to do these jobs on a Saturday morning so that everywhere feels clean for the weekend. I am definitely turning into my mother!
Since we've moved over here we have a new Saturday routine that's become really special to us, probably just because its so simple and we do it together.
Coffee in bed with magazine/book/scrapbook
Saturday is usually my morning for a laze in bed, Sunday for Woody. The boys wake early and if I go back to sleep I usually give myself a headache for the rest of the day, so instead I make myself a cup of coffee and take it back upstairs, fling open the curtains and window to enjoy our view and the birds singing, snuggled under my eiderdown. Half an hour with books and the radio is my idea of the perfect start to the weekend.
The boys love swimming and the four of us spend Saturday morning in the lovely local pool, splashing and generally having a very silly time.
Lunch on the run
Sometimes we treat ourself to a tea room lunch but usually, after our swim, we pop back into town for pasties and pastries from the fabulous deli and then head into the market square for my favourite bit of the day.
There has been a market in Leek for 800 years and I think I could spend 800 Saturdays here, browsing the collectors' stalls. I've bought some fantastic things for brilliant prices; today's haul was two vintage gardening books (plus some very welcome advice from the lovely stall holder about how to get the best from my lupins and delphiniums) and an embroidered, vintage brooch. The boys head straight for one of the charity shops that has an great toy selection and I get a precious half-hour to browse. Bliss!
Leek has three markets, the Charter Market (outdoor stalls, general goods on Weds/Farmers' Market and Collectors stalls on Sat), the Butter Market (fruit & veg, butcher, fishmonger, dairy, cafe, pet shop etc, inside a small and beautiful Victorian Hall on Wed, Fri & Sat) and the Trestle Market (WI, plants, organic veg, cards, clothes etc at the back of the Butter Market).
Home for tea
By the time we get back, have called-in for a newspaper, then had a while in the garden; its time for tea, a wonderful fish and chip supper from the brilliant village chippy, eaten in-front of the tv for a treat - which usually means a feast of Tom & Jerry !
Having Woody home on a Saturday night is still a treat so after the boys are tucked up we devour the paper between us, watch something special (Land Girls film and the Test Match this week - brilliant!) and share a bar of something extremely chocolatey!
Simple pleasures are, absolutely, my favourite things x