I think I mentioned raiding my savings to take me and TechGeek away for the weekend for our 5 year anniversary. We went to Longleat Center Parcs, which isn't a million miles away from us (14 miles to be exact), so we're being green and doing things local and all things like that :P
So we arrived and the lodge looked pretty good, newly renovated, mod-con kitchen (a blender, a Senso coffee maker, wine cooler, with all the normal stuff too, cooker, fridge, dishwasher, kettle), a huge bathroom with a jacuzzi bath and a seperate shower, a big bedroom, and a lush L-shaped sofa in the living room. We even had free wifi, so TechGeek took his laptop, and an HDMI cable to hook it up to the TV so we could continue our marathon Dharma & Greg watching (I'm Dharma, he's Greg - but we're both less annoying). That worked well, as there was an actual HDMI port for plugging in your own gaming systems! Awesome.
We woke up on Saturday morning to find these outside our lodge:
That afternoon I did Lavender Relaxation. You lay on a yoga mat with some lavender scented pillows, cover yourself with a blanket, and do a guided meditation. It was incredible. I was so relaxed that for the rest of the evening, and most of the next day I was actually fibro-pain free. I'm now frantically searching to find some good guided relaxation meditations to try and re-create the experience. I have lavender. I have pillows and blankets. I can do this!
We got a little romantic that evening (after TechGeek had a disgusting take away from the site - don't do it people, its insanely expensive for microwaved heated food), and had a log fire. Oh, did I not mention the log fire in the living room?
We went back to the lodge for lunch... and guess who turned up?
All too soon it was time to go back into the rain, and meet some husky dogs. Beautiful creatures! This is me meeting the puppy:
Just after that, TechGeek and I went to the Aqua Sana for a couple's massage. It was a good massage, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't the best massage, and I actually came back out in pain, undoing the awesome work of the Lavender Relaxation. I'm going to sound like a massage snob, but I'm not! I'm just a qualified complimentary and holistic therapist who never worked to a routine! When I was training I got used to massages being tailored to what I needed, so extra work on my shoulders, ignore the abdomen coz I didn't like it, ooo you feel tight on your calf I'm going to spend a little extra time there... I can't fault the massage, like I said, it was good, just didn't focus on the areas I actually needed!
We had a chilled out evening, eating yummy food that I cooked, and went to sleep happy.
Before we left the next morning, we took a quick walk to Starbucks (yucky place, but the only coffee shop and TechGeek needs his caffiene!) and it was such a beautiful sunny morning...
xxx Elle xxx