Events, Life, Travel, Writing

Happy Birthday Dave

We got up and ready to go to his birthday surprise. He was surprised and happy when he found out he would be driving a tank. He absolutely enjoyed his self.

I was able to be a passenger in the tank. I’m glad I did. I don’t think I would have enjoyed myself if I just waited for Dave to finish. He loved it which is the main thing. I think I’ve given myself the hard task of beating the present giving.

After the tank driving experience, we went to Kirkby Hall, an English Heritage place. It was nice to see both ruin and rooms to look in. Plus there were lovely Peacocks roaming around. One even decided to claim the gate entrance.

We decided to drive home but if we saw anything we’d stop to have a look. I saw a sign for Priest House, a National Trust Property. We stopped to look on the outside of the home. Even if we saw inside we’d only been an extra few minutes.

We carried on our journey home, seeing another National Trust sign. We turned off the motorway to Woolsthrope Manor, the birthplace and home of Sir Issac Newton. His place was beautiful, getting to see the Apple tree. What I liked about the place was the science centre and film. It gave the place an extra something.

We weren’t on the road much longer till we stopped at Grantham. We walked around the town and picked up lunch. Deciding then we’ll drive all the way home.

I was glad for that, in the end, I was getting tired. Once home, I rested, leaving Dave to play on his game console. The rest gave me a boost for doing to his parents, having a catch-up and a few friends over for dinner, B and D.

They have decided on the wedding venue and date. They’ve brought it forward a year. We now have 2 weddings to attend in 2019. I’m excited. It’s been a long, but great day.

Happy Birthday, my love, until next year ❤


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National Trust: Canon Ashby + Leicestershire

First thing this morning I went to get my blood taken. A couple will be ready by the end of the week One won’t be ready until next week. Then in 2 weeks, I have an ultrasound.

Once those were done, Dave and I got packed for our overnight stay in Leicestershire. Tomorrow is Daves’ birthday. As his present, I’ve bought him a tank experience. I’ve kept it as a surprise. I believe he doesn’t know.

As the hotel check-in wasn’t until after 3pm, we decided to make a day of it. We travelled to Cannon Ashby, a National Trust property there. It was a good trip out.

We got there just before lunch. Walked around the gardens, I got my souvenir postcard from the shop and then we took a guided tour of the house. I’ve been going to these properties for many years but today was the first time I’d been on a tour.


I found it very interesting. I learnt more from it than just walking through the place at the extra rooms after the tour. I think I’d go on them again. No extra cost either.

Once we’d finished at Canon Ashby, we travelled to Market Houghton, Leicestershire. The hotel wasn’t anything fancy. It had a bed, bathroom and other luxuries a person may want.

After checking in and found somewhere to park. Unfortunately, I didn’t check to see if it had its own parking. But we found somewhere that cost us £2 until 8:30 am the next day.  We had a walk around the town, did some of the Millenium Walk and the Riverside Walk. We refreshed ourselves in our room before going out for dinner.

We choose to eat at Pizza Express as we could use the O2 Priority codes to get our mains for £5 each. Even with the rest we spend a bit but saved £13 if we paid for all our main price.

The whole day has been lovely. We’ve unwinded, taken in knowledge and done the daily movement of walking. It’s been a good 3 days in a row we’ve gone over 10,000 steps. My body does feel like I should do more and different types of daily movements. But I’m glad for good shoes.

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National Trust: Fountains Abbey

Dave and I went to National Trusts Fountains Abbey. We took the dogs with us. It took just under an hour for us to get there. We spent around 3 hours walking around, having little stops and enjoying ourselves.

This is where I tell myself off for not having put sunscreen on. I have burnt shoulders, upper arms and back of my neck. It’s been nice to have a day together to go exploring.

Fountains Abbey is somewhere we’ve been before. Think it’s nearly a couple of years since. Last time I don’t think we took the dogs. We saw more this time too. It’s somewhere I’d like to go again. There are still areas we haven’t seen yet.

Tomorrow is the start of a new week. Will see if we hear anything regarding the house. Tomorrow also brings a day trip to York with Daves parents. I’m looking forward to it.