I have to say, there is no excuse for anyone who travels along the road I take to work, to forget it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow!
There is a bright red sign reminding every car. It’s been there for a week, and is actually an advertisement for a florists! A very good marketing strategy.
I know many people feel that Valentine’s Day is just a gimmick to make money, but I really like it!
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want my hubby wasting money on over priced flowers or presents, but it is a great excuse to remind ourselves why we are together.
Life gets so busy these days, so it’s nice to take time out together. Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse for that. Again, I’m not talking expensive restaurants, a takeaway or a meal in the local pub is absolutely fine too!
It’s about spending a few quality hours together over a meal cooked by someone else, and sharing a bottle of wine or fizz together.
I treasure my life with my hubby. I really enjoy his company (most of the time ha ha !!). So will we be doing anything tomorrow? We certainly will.
I have booked a table at our local pub – The Kings Head. https://bit.ly/2ti1dYy. It’s a nice pub and after its forthcoming refit, will be even better.
At the moment, it’s nothing amazingly fancy, but it will be good food, good wine and even more important, good company.
We will spend the evening together talking. Probably planning where we will go if we won the lottery, or what we would like to buy if we had an open purse, or just telling jokes. The important thing is, we won’t be distracted from each other.
Since getting married, we have made sure we take a night away, or just a meal out every few months. It gives us time together, and stops us taking each other for granted.
We work together and live together, which you would think means we are together 24/7. Reality is, we don’t. We both work full time, when we get home, there are jobs to be done and we both like time out separately to enjoy our hobbies! If you ask my hubby, he will include cleaning as one of mine! For the record, that’s not true!! Although it is satisfying when the house is clean and the washing and ironing done, but don’t tell him that!!
I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, to just have some quality hours together, oh and someone else cook my dinner!
I have a bottle of Slimline Fizz on chill too, to enjoy before we go out and when we come home. With work the next day, I know by drinking that, I am guaranteed not to have a hangover!!
So if you have that someone special in your life, why not use tomorrow to show them how important they are to you.
Remember, it’s not about how much you spend in money, it’s about the quality of time together!
Whatever you do tomorrow have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
Does anyone else feel like that when Monday morning comes round ?
On Friday I was so excited at the prospect of a couple of days off. The next thing I know, the alarm is going off for work! It’s like Groundhog Day! How can it be Monday already?
I suppose I shouldn’t complain though as this weekend, whilst disappeared in the blink of an eye, was really fun.
If you have been following me you will know I have been doing dry January! As my hubby didn’t think I would do it, we had a bet on! Whoever lost the bet paid for dinner out at Lambs in Stratford-upon-Avon.
I thought I had booked our table for 1 February, back on 2 January. It was for 7.30 pm, to give us chance to get home, walk the dogs and get dressed up!
On Thursday last week, by chance, hubby checked the email confirmation. I’d some how booked a restaurant in Gloucester ! Eek!
I quickly cancelled that and rang Lambs! Thankfully they could fit us in but only at 7 pm! So on Friday it was a mad rush to get ready and make sure the dogs got their usual walk!
Then there was the issue of parking. If you know Stratford-upon-Avon, you will know that there isn’t many places with on site parking . So after finding a carpark a little way away, I then had to try and walk rather quickly in heels! When you haven’t worn them for a while, that’s about as easy as trying not to spill a glass of wine while rowing a boat on choppy seas!
Finally, after a very rush start to the evening, we arrived at the Restaurant only a few minutes late !!
The meal as usual was amazing! As I completed dry January, I enjoyed my first glass of wine this year !
Ok, I actually had a bottle. Eek! I have to say, if you want a nice meal out, check out Lambs in Sheep Street. You won’t be disappointed!
The meal over, I now had to manage the walk back to the car with the added challenge of alcohol in my system !!!! Don’t worry, I had a secret weapon! Flat shoes ! Oh yes! I had a pair of folding pumps in my handbag! They were like slippers! The walk back was now relaxing ! Phew!
We had a 5am wake up call the next day as we were off to London for the day, so it was home to bed !
5am came far too quickly! It was a brisk walk with the dogs before a quick shower, change and out.
We had booked an early Virgin train. Mainly because it was cheap and fast. The only drawback was that it went from Birmingham so we had to leave home earlier than we would for work!
Isn’t it funny how on a week day it’s a struggle to get moving, but when you have something on you enjoy, it’s almost a joy to be up so early !
The train trip was really relaxing. I’d taken food with us, but bought teas and coffee on the train. It was lovely to sit back and look at the countryside. Most of it was covered in snow. It really was beautiful!
Now I’m not a fan of London if I’m honest. It’s too busy and people just don’t seem that friendly!
We hopped onto the tube and underground easily. We then have to go onto overground to the Olympia. This trip, everything was literally there in minutes. It was hassle free!
We arrived with almost an hour before the exhibition opened so went for coffee.
Not knowing the area we went to the first place we found ! It wasn’t the most fashionable place but it did a good cup of herbal tea! The toilets on the other hand ! Well, let’s not go there !!!
As we still had time to kill, we decided to have a walk around . We first passed some flats which I commented looked quite nice ! There was a sale board in the windows so we had a look! £3.25m! Seriously! I’d want a mansion and grounds for that!
We then came across a shop selling cars! There was this horrible looking 4×4 outside. Second hand and a few years old but still £280k! I’m seriously doing something wrong!!!
We decided to start heading back to the Olympia before we got anymore shocks!
The Holiday and Travel show was brilliant . We both love to travel and there were so many ideas! There was also a lot of free bags and brochures which we seemed to have picked up!
My favourites were a classic car holiday and the railway holidays ! Both very different but looked amazing !
The classic car holiday was based in 3 countries, Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia. You have to make your own way to those countries, but when there, they pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. There you will get to see your car for the week. It will be a classic car from that country – a Trabant. They give you a Sat Nav, mobile phone and vehicle tracker. There is also mechanical support throughout. You drive each day taking in heritage sites, vineyards, Cold War sites, and ancient historical sites. Each day you only drive about 2 hours, at your leisure and all fuel is included. You will end up at new hotels each night which are all organised for you too, including breakfast.
I think this would be a amazing holiday for a group of friends. They only have about 5 cars in each group.
We would also love to do a train holiday, but sadly I think they are out of our price range!
We spent a good 4 hours wandering round, wishing we had won the lottery, so we could book some of these amazing holidays. Getting hungry and loaded up with ideas and brochures, we decided to head back to Euston and find somewhere to eat.
Not far from the station is a Prezzo which seemed the perfect place . We had a lovely meal chatting over the day and planning where we would get if we won the lottery ! You have to have a dream !
We headed home chilled and in good spirits ! During the journey home I needed the loo! I will share my experience on my Youtube channel!!
It had been a good day!
England had played Ireland at rugby earlier in the day which we had recorded, so we snuggled up in sofa up watch it. Hubby with a beer and me with my slimline wine ! If you still haven’t tried it, you so should. My favourite is the sparkling which is available at Tesco, or visit their website for their full range!
The day just got better as England won! Woo hoo!
Sunday was going to be busy but our plans changed last minute . It was a cold day but the sun was out ! We decided to take the opportunity to take the dogs on a long walk along the canal!
There is a lovely pub on the canal side called Fleur De Ly in a little village called Lowsonford. It’s a beautiful pub! Inside it’s so cosy on a cold winters day. On days like Sunday and in the summer it has an amazing garden, where you can sit out and have a drink or dinner, overlooking the canal!
We parked up and took a 4 mile walk! The canal was still frozen, it was cold, but with the sun out, it was perfect.
On the return, it was only right we stopped off at the pub for a quick drink !