12 January 2009

A Winter Break

This Christmas I gave a special friend a mid week break in Bath.
A little Us time.
We laughed loads, ate loads and paid a visit to Michele of Cowboy's & Custard, a few little visits in fact! Good old fashioned Girlie Fun, tea and cake galore!

The above image is of The Pump Room by the Roman Baths, a must if you like old style Afternoon Tea. The little sandwiches were so perfect and so delicious we ordered more, then more!

I am sure that I have bell's attached to me.
If I move, someone always shouts my name!
So to leave them all to get on with it and go away for a break was the best medicine I could ask for.

My friend Carole and I also had dinner at Jamie Oliver's new restaurant, brilliant, and such a wonderful building.
Our waitress told us how shy he is, not at all like the cheeky chappy on the TV!
We also ate in Hansel & Gretal, where The Sound Of Music plays (no sound) on the small TV in the cafe area and Austrian singers entertain via mini sound system as you drink cinnamon cappuccino and eat strudel. Gosh this is a list of eating out! may as well add that we also had a wonderful meal in the Thai Balcony....believe me you need lot's of food when it is so cold.

I bought myself some 1810 Pewter (love Pewter) side plates to display in my dining area and another shelf, both of which I will show on a later post once they have been secured to the wall by very useful husband.

The weather was absolutely freezing, we wrapped up well and enjoyed the frosty weather, apart from me keep coming over all hot now and again, can't think why!

Nothing like returning home though........love my home and my family all the more for getting away from them.
Albeit for just for a short while.
Warm Hugs,


periwinkle said...

sounds like you had a wonderful time and gorgeous pics as per usual , you don't disappoint :-)
Lisa x

Simone said...

Your special friend is very lucky indeed to have a friend like you Carol! I would love to go on a short trip to recharge the batteries and indulge in lovely things to eat, places to see and things to do. How great to meet up with Michele too!

Things Hand Made said...

That sounds a wonderful break, I think I could just do with one of those!

Flossie and Tom said...

Looks like you had a really lovely time.

Its great to get away for a bit isnt it - I call it getting out of the box !!

I always feel so enthusiastic about things when I come back - shame it doesnt last for long !


serendipitylovesnewyork said...

So glad you had a lovely weekend, nothing better than a girly catch up!! I love Bath, its only just under an hour by train from Cardiff so I go there quite a bit!
I completely forgot about J O 's restaraunt, will try it next time although we have one opening here this year!! Hansel and Gretal is beautiful isnt it, I did a post about a heart tea light holder and the little christmas decorations I bought from there! The Pump House looks beautiful!
Nice to have you back.......Claire xx

gingerwine said...

I live near Bath and I have never been there! It looks a lovely place - its always the way though, not appreciating the things near by. Ooo love your crochet blanket too!

LissyLou said...

What a lovely time!!
I love Bath, the pump room is lovely for tea. My favourite restaurant ever is in Bath: Demuths, it's a little vegetarian restaurant. x

Ragged Roses said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time Carol! Bath is such a beautiful city (with the added bonus of having Michele as one of its inhabitants!). Enjoy being at home and hope your family don't find those bells!

Rosie said...

Ohh that sounds fabulous, never been to Bath, must definitly make a trip there soon. Glad you had a good time.
Rosie x

Pipany said...

Oh bliss Carol. It is good to get away and I laughed at the bells comment! I so agree. Lovely, lovely break xx

Andrea said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I LOVE Bath, when we lived closer we used to go now and again...when Finances allowed!! It is a Beautiful place! x

Rhondi said...

What alovely treat! Bath is such a wonderful city. We were there many years ago.
Hugs, Rhondi

Deb said...

What a lovely break you had! I love the colours in your crocheted blanket Carol.

Country Cottage Chic said...

Glad to hear you had a lovely time! Those of us that live near Bath are fortunate in that we can visit anytime! Did you get to Sally Lunn's while you were there?

LiLi M. said...

What a wonderful break. I think I could use one like this too! You did so much great things! Try to keep that happy feeling, somehow Januari is a kind of 'leftover from Christmas and Spring is still far away month'. Not my favourite.

Deanna said...

Oh how I wish I could travel and roam around England and Wales. I loved the pictures!

Deanna :)

Sandi McBride said...

So glad you had such a good time. I have a great pal like your Carole, and love the dickens out of her! I know what you mean, getting home is the best part of a trip...

elizaboo said...

What an elegant day out you had!! And how lovely to enjoy coming home again! Love your little shelf - it's so effective.

Lulu said...

you have such beautiful things..
glad you had a nice time..
happy new year..

Grand Life said...

Bath---someday I will visit the southwest of England and London proper--Then I will be satisfied. Maybe!!!!. Sounds like you had a wonderful time

MelMel said...

Hello, how are you today?XXX

Miss sew n sew said...

Your winter break sounds so nice I love Bath we visited on our hols last year, the places you stopped it eat at sound wonderful. Enjoyed your pretty pics!

cinnamon cottage said...

Hello I would like to offer you an award (the fabulous blog award) I love visiting you and the children are adorable...if you would like to accept please pop over to my blog nd pick it up....have a lovely afternoon. blessings Jan xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol,
I loved our weekend in Bath it was just gorgeous I WISH LOL!... seriously that tea room is to die and i am happy you enjoyed your time away. Fabulous pictures!
Much Love Kristina XxX

mollycupcakes said...

Just what the doctor ordered sweetie, some you and you time.
Love Bath, it's a lovely place. Have you ben to Malbrough? think that's how it's spelt.
Sounds like there where loads of yummy places to eat and why not try them all out lol
I would of lol
Catherine x

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Evening Carol, I've just been having a listen to your music! What a great selction, Gravity is one of my favourites, I've got Embraces's version but didnt realise Coldplay had one too! Whenever I hear it, I get quite emotional, the music is beautiful!
Now I had to laugh at Manhatten Transfer, it took me right back to being a little girl again, my mum loved them and I can remember loving all the songs!! I had completely forgotton about them! Thanks for reminding me.
Take care.....Claire xx

Sandi McBride said...

Wish I were close enough to go on a little shopping trip with you, have some girl time...but would want Guy to accompany...odd how I've gotten to love that little guy from so far away...

Pondside said...

That sounds like a perfect day. All the delicious meals, good company and a beautiful place.

Vintage Amethyst said...

Aahh that sounds just perfect.
Beautiful photos as usual.

the homely year said...

Oh, what a lovely break...Bath is such an interesting place. A bit of time away is really beneficial, especially at this time of year.
Margaret and Noreen

MelMel said...

Just popped in to say hi!xxx

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Hi you havd two awards waiting for you!! xx

this is my patch said...

How lovely to have paid a visit to Michele, and to get cake too! I love pewter, so I look forward to seeing a photo of your buys. So glad you had a lovely break, we all need one every now and again. x

Rubys mamma x said...

Carol where are you?, your last post was aaaggges ago-hope all is well and there have been no dramas, look forward to you next post, Kirsty xxxxx

MelMel said...

Just popped in to say hi!xx