…There were no hurricanes but boy did it rain!!
We just had a sneaky overnight break in Herefordshire which was glorious. I ran around like a mad thing on Saturday morning doing all my normal weekend chores, all the washing, tidying etc and then my brother appeared and pushed us out the door so we could have a little break post hosting the entire rabble over Christmas! We ended up leaving just before lunch on Saturday and came back in time to make supper on Sunday and it was fabulous! We managed to fit in lots of yummy food, walks in the rain and even watched a movie in bed… I know, such luxury!
On our way out on the Saturday we popped into Hereford and dodged the rain clouds (I’m pointing with delight at the blue sky behind the cathedral in the pic at the top!) The flooding was incredible across the fields, but in town I managed to find just the one animal not up to his knees in muddy puddles although he clearly is at an advantage (being brass and on a plinth and in a town!)
We arrived at the pub/hotel/restaurant with rooms (whatever one calls it these days!) and it was perfect, complete with roaring fire. I had requested a specific room when we booked as I loved the look of the bed, however they mentioned that it was haunted when we arrived so we decided against it and went for another, a bit like Goldilocks, we tried out a few rooms until we got the perfect fit. We did some slight rearranging so that we could have the TV in front of the bed and both collapsed with our feet up as a movie came on Film4 of the book we had bought for my daughter Beely just that afternoon! (Inkheart …totally brilliant!) Btw on a side note, I have been reading a novel every night to Beely for the last couple of months and we have 2 chapters to go. It’s called The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar and is SUPERB!!! I highly recommend it for girls and boys age 10-13, I find this is a tricky age to find books for as they have grown out of so much, but the next bracket is often either too scary or too inappropriate, it’s a real inbetween age isn’t it?
Back to our weekend, we didn’t wake up until 9am on Sunday which was an unbelievable treat in itself, but then we had a gorgeous cooked breakfast and went on a long walk through the fields behind where we were staying. I’ve decided that walking through boggy fields is excellent exercise for the buttocks!! (#qvcwellbeing… have you sent your pic in??) On the way back, we came across the friendliest lickiest horse we’ve ever met, I wanted to take him home with me, he was utterly gorgeous and totally cheeky!
We arrived back at the pub for a lovely roast lunch before checking out when we told the staff that we had never stayed anywhere with staff that seemed as happy and friendly as they did. They were very grateful but also mentioned that they were basking in the relief that Christmas and New Year was over. I have to say, I’m kind of feeling the same way!
Happy new year to you all