To add to the list of firsts in my last post, it is entirely possible that I might be having a child free holiday in a couple of weeks. This will be the first time I’ve had a holiday without children since my son was born, almost 12 years ago. In fact, I’ve never been without children around for a significant amount of time. My husband and I had an overnight stay at a hotel for our tenth anniversary a couple of years ago, but we didn’t leave until after lunch and got back just before lunch, so it was less than 24 hours, wonderful though those few hours were.
My husband wanted to send me away somewhere sunny, but the reality was that for our budget (which is not lavish), there wasn’t really anything worth doing. His ideal was a beach holiday with plenty of sun, but in February, the temperatures in the places we could afford for me to go to averaged around 16 degrees, which is nice, but not really lie on a beach all day reading nice.
In the end, I decided to go and stay at the same hotel my husband and I were at for a mid week break, leaving on Monday and coming back on Friday. There are a number of reasons for this. One is that his car isn’t big enough for all the children but he was worried about me driving his car, so it needed to be somewhere easy to get to (this place is about half an hour’s drive away). Another is that it has a spa attached, so I could get a massage during the week and I can use the pool and sauna every day, which is pretty cool. A third is that if the household falls to pieces without me, they can come and get me.
And it’s a nice hotel in a nice location in an area I wouldn’t mind living in. The weather might not be great, but I can stay in bed reading if I like before meandering down to the pool. I can write my novel in the afternoon (I am banned from work per se, but I can write my own material). I can swim three times a day if I want. The restaurant is nice and there’s a bar so I can stay on site without too much hassle.
All in all, pretty ideal for someone who enjoys her own company and wouldn’t mind a bit of peace and quiet.
I had hoped to get over to Bluestone for one of their midweek breaks, but aside from the transport costs, their cheap deals weren’t available on the right dates. Maybe later in the year…