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.

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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.

Wales: Day 7

The last full day of our trip to Wales. My last full lie in for at least a week, probably longer. We went for a walk. Keeping my daily movement up while on holiday. We watched telly, a film and had dinner together.

I even had a nap before dinner.

All the fresh air has caught up with me. We’re pretty much packed, just the last minute things tomorrow, breakfast and a tidy up before leaving by 10am.

Hopefully, there’ll be no HGV on fire this time to hold us up. We’re hoping to go to the cinema together tomorrow evening. Be nice to do something back home together before we go back to our daily life again.

This holiday I’d like to do again. With all of us, even if not at the same place. Be good to visit another part of the country.


Watched: Logan Lucky > 3.5 out of 5

Wales: Day 6

I still can’t get over me having lie-ins all week. There’s only once we’ve set an alarm for 8:30am. The rest I haven’t been getting up before 9:30am. To be fair, I am going to bed later but I still usually wake at 6:30am.

The first two mornings of the holiday I did see that time but I made myself go to bed again. It seems to have helped as the week has gone on. It just feels strange to me. In four days that’ll change again. I’ll be back to work.

Today has been a nice day. The weather was lovely and we went to Ruthin for the afternoon. We had a walk around the place, walked around the grounds of the castle and had a lovely lunch.

B and I had another evening watching reality telly. It’s amazing to me how many there are. Plus ITVBe has one after another some evenings.

Tomorrow is gonna be our last full day here. It’s been a great week and much needed. I’ll miss it but I’ll be happy to be back home too.

Wales: Day 5

We spent the day at the cottage. Watched telly, films and played games. It was a good day and my body needed it. I feel it’s taken its toll on my mind. A part of me right now feels I should have an anti-depressant. It has been a couple of days.

I’ve taken myself up to our room, leaving the others to carry on with their night. I haven’t had me time since before the holiday. Being day 5 it may be too many peoples for me in one go.

To be fair, that’s a good amount of days where I’ve not needed to be by myself. I’m gonna find something to watch until everyone goes to bed. Tomorrow is another day. If I feel the same I’ll have a tablet at teatime.


Watched: The Intern > 4 out of 5

Wales: Day 4

Getting up and being ready for between 9 and half-past worked for most. There were one or two slow coaches. Even so, we were gone for 10 am, setting off for the 1 hour and 20-minute journey. We went to Caernarfon. The main reason to go was to visit the castle there.

It was great to see and there was more than just a wall. We were able to walk up all the towers, view exhibitions and wonder at our leisure. Which was good for me, my leg muscles and my hip didn’t like the ups and downs of the stairs. I still walked through it and enjoyed my day.

I’m feeling tensions raising in the cottage. Six strong-minded and stubborn people all having different views and personalities. All that we love. However, this is the first holiday we’ve gone on together.

I’m impressed its day 4 and no ones killed anyone. There are more days left. But seeing as it hasn’t gone wrong yet I feel it’s unlikely to.

One thing I thought this evening is that I don’t feel guilty about watching telly. B has been introducing me to reality telly. I’m finding I’m really enjoying them. Something I once would never think I’d say. My guilty, not guilty pleasure. At the same time, I’m not feeling that obsessive feeling towards the programmes.

I’m not entirely sure what’s happening tomorrow. The cinema and food shop was mentioned. Seeing as we have a dog with us, the cinema and the distance has caused the tension. Other things mentioned involve cost, everyone has different budgets.

I agree I don’t wanna stay in the cottage all week but at the same time I wanna enjoy, relax and not have anyone excluded.

Wales: Day 3

We all went for a walk again today. This time we drove to Corwen and walked through their forest trails. It was nice to have a relaxing morning then a gentle day.

By the evening tensions have started to rise. Everyone has different views and plans on how the days should go. Just to make a decision for tomorrow was hard. But one has been made. Let’s see how that pans out.

We did a good deed for today. There was a lamb out of the farmers’ field on our track to the cottage. We led it off the road to the other side of the fence its mum was on. Told out landlady whose husband went to put it back. Both to be reunited.

Wales: Day 2

It’s been a long while since I’ve laughed so much it’s made me cry. That much, B and I spent 5 minutes on the stairs trying to compose ourselves over nothing. A great end to a great day.

We walked to Corwen and back. While there we had our lunch. It was lovely and a reasonable price. It was harder walking back as we went uphill. It was a hot day too. We watched Power Rangers; the new one. I’ve seen it before, so not putting it below under watched. But I still really enjoyed it and my rating for it is 4 out of 5.

This evening we had a BBQ. My first of 2018. It’s been such an amazing day. The rest I’m sure will match.