24 hours away makes all the difference
You may have noticed a lack of blog posts over the past few days and I thought you'd like to know that their absence was entirely for good reasons. Friday's was missing because the 6 (nearly 7) year old was here so no time for anything else while the weekend was taken up with two days away with a visit to a spa not too far from home courtesy of Jake both because he bought me the voucher for Christmas and because he came to stay with Ash so that I could go away. The first question asked of me when I walked into the building was whether I would like details of the exercise classes. My reply was a resounding 'no thank you' so I collected my locker key and headed towards the changing room. There then followed a day given up entirely to relaxation as I read and dozed and read some more. I finished my book and began another then had an Indian Head Massage and all before lunch. After lunch I snoozed in the slumber room, read some more, went for a swim, had a cup of tea, read some more and then headed to Jake's empty house instead of having to drive all the way home which is how I usually have to finish one of those days. The result was my arrival home late yesterday afternoon feeling completely rested, relaxed and rejuvenated. The really great thing though was that Ash had been completely chilled the whole weekend and I think he now associates the arrival of Jake and the nearly 7 year old with my departure from the house. Up to now we've had rocky starts and/or finishes to these short breaks of mine but it seems as though we've settled into some sort of rhythm with it all and Jake even managed to get Ash on a walk out of the village which is something I fail at every time I suggest it. Not only that but Ash was happy to chat with me last night and came out for a coffee this morning so it did him a great deal of good I think.
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