A couple of weekends ago me and Mum went to a craft fair in Essex, not far from Tiptree. It was Mum's first craft fair so I thought I'd start her off with a small one, the ones at Ally Pally and Olympia can be a bit overwhelming, they are just so big. The fair was OK, I doubt I would go to another one of theirs, there was a lot of stalls selling materials for paper crafts which isn't really our thing but it was an afternoon out and being so close to Tiptree we thought we would drop in to the Tiptree Jam factory for afternoon tea.
A lot of other people must have had the same idea as the queue was pretty big. Time was getting on so we decided to drive back to Chelmsford to grab a cuppa closer to home. on the drive back though we had a slight change of plan and stopped off at the Tiptree Tea Room in Heybridge. I'm so glad we did.
It is a lovely little tea room with such beautiful views across the basin. I was pleased to see that the tide was in. I'm not so sure it would look so pretty when the tide is out. I loved all the daffodils too, a sure sign that spring is not too far away.
Heybridge is. only about a 20 minute drive from Chelmsford if that, yet I have never been before. But now that I have been I'm sure I will be going back again. It really is a lovely place.
It just felt so peaceful. I could have spent hours just looking out at the water and the boats.
I fell in love with the lock keepers cottage.
In fact all the houses along there were something pretty special, each in their own little way.
The lock keepers cottage is still my favourite though :)
It was the perfect way to end a lovely day. I can't wait for the weather to warm up so we can have more days like this.
Love Gem x x x x