Sunday, 1 June 2008
Half term getaway
I'm really not the gushing type, but I have to say I was completely bowled over by the surprise my husband sprung on me this half term. On Wednesday morning I received a letter with the heading 'this is not a circular'. Of course my immediate reaction is to walk towards the recycling bin as I read through it thinking it's a piece of junk mail. I found myself wondering which organisation had passed on the fact I was a 'homemaker' along with my name and address, and then the phone number at the bottom of the page caught my eye - my husband's mobile number! Maybe I'm not that bright, but it took another few minutes before I twigged what was going on - at first I thought it was one of those phone scams where people run up hundreds of pounds on your mobile number!
Suffice to say it wasn't a scam at all, but my husband's master plan to whisk me away to Bath for a night! His line is that if I was working I'd be getting some kind of annual bonus or perks, so this was his way of treating me to reward me for staying at home and looking after the children. My mother and sister were in on the surprise. My mum kindly looked after the children overnight (they didn't seem to be in the slightest bit perturbed by us disappearing for 24 hours in spite of my worries). It was my sister who recommended the thermae spa as she'd been there before Christmas (I know for a fact that my husband read my blog post where I said I'd love to go there but apparently he has no recollection of this!).
I had the most lovely time! We stayed in the Queensberry hotel, a lovely boutique hotel near to the Circus, within a few minutes walk of the centre of Bath. It was lovely to just wander the streets in the afternoon at our own pace, though we both kept on harking back to what the children would like! We took lots of pictures of these pigs (some of the many which are dotted around the city as part of the King Bladud's pigs art event) for their amusement.
In the evening, we had a fantastic meal in the Hole in the Wall - I had sorrel, spinach and potato soup followed by rib-eye steak with shallots, watercress and dauphinoise potatoes and my husband had a smoked chicken salad on little gem lettuce followed by pork with a mustard and leek mash. All delicious, and such a lovely place to eat too - normally I'm terrified by eating in small restaurants as I feel a bit too visible, but this one had a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Relaxed atmosphere also helped by the bottle of red wine, no doubt!
The spa was amazing. I'm an inherently unrelaxed person - always itching to pick up some knitting needles, fretting about whether or not a seam finish is quite perfect enough and generally unable to switch off - so this was the perfect place to take me. It was so lovely just to lie back and float in the lovely warm waters looking over the rooftops of Bath, with beautiful views of the cathedral even with storm clouds looming. And of course the Latin geek in me was thrilled to be enjoying the spa waters as the Romans did.
I feel utterly spoiled and indulged to have had this treat sprung on me by my lovely husband! It's very rare for us to go out together since having the children - it seems somehow churlish to ask visiting family to babysit our sleeping children so we can go out - so it was really nice to spend some time together, much as I've never wanted to be one of those people who's always longing to escape from their children.
What with this little getaway, family visits and meeting up with friends, I've done no sewing whatsoever over half term - and really, I'm not complaining!