How was your weekend? This weekend we officially returned our keys for our old flat which feels like a dream. Still waiting out for our deposit which will truly close that chapter of our life as renters. After dropping off the keys Wilson asked since we had an all day family bus pass if we wanted to go on an adventure, which the answer always is *YES*. When I asked where he said where ever the next bus took us, so finding the nearest bus stop we jumped on and headed out of Brighton to somewhere we've never been.
In all honesty we weren't on the bus long, maybe 20 mins before having the urge to jump off. Seeing a sign for a park pointed up a winding road in a much less populated little town seemed promising. Our instincts didn't let us down we found a cute (and kinda large park) with a wonderful shady forest path running around it. I'm just realizing now I have no idea of the park or really the name of the place we were in (which would have been good to share here haha!) but anyway the place to remain nameless was lovely. I'm a sucker for some fresh forest air and being there's not many real forests in the south-east of the UK this little park worked.
Little lady set to fort building while we took a sunny break in a field watching the trees blow in the wind and the clouds pass by. With our busy work, school, and video schedules moments like these are few and far between which makes them feel like a dream. We pretty much had the entire place to ourselves too which is rare in such a populated country.
After forts were built, naps were had, and myself (Kirby) getting a poo'd on my FACE by a bird (thing like this always manage to happen to me) we pulled ourselves from the little forest paradise for more adventure.
We happened upon a sign for the UK largest second-hand shop...um YES please. Emmaus, as it's called, is actually a really cool place and so "us". The large grounds have a treasure trove of used goods all stored in a huge warehouse-like building. I wanted to bring so many needle point sheets and vintage wares home (but didn't as you know, no space on a boat!) and the larger grounds are stunning with art installments and a really affordable cafe. When we got home I looked the charity up to learn more about it and understood right away why the space has such a magical vibe, because they are doing magical work making the world a better place by ending homelessness.
More about the charity from their website: Emmaus Communities enable people to move on from homelessness, providing work and a home in a supportive, family environment. Companions, as residents are known, work full time collecting and reselling donated furniture. This work supports the Community financially and enables residents to develop skills, rebuild their self-respect and help others in greater need.
Emmaus is a secular movement with 350 communities and groups spanning 37 countries, with 25 Communities in the UK. Each Community aims to become self-supporting, with any surplus donated to others in need.
After some ice cream from the cafe and a second quick walk around the grounds we jumped on the next bus back towards home satisfied. from our ays adventures. While I know these sorts of adventures won't happen often with the current to do list we have on the boat it felt good to get out and about for a few hours and clear our minds. To learn more about this great location visit their website: http://www.emmausbrighton.co.uk/