Reflecting on my week #21

This weekend was our treat weekend and it was great to take some time out. It didn't all go quite to plan, as MOH needed to work Saturday morning which took longer than expected, but it worked out ok in the end. As he continued to work, the weather got gradually worse and so he also revised his plans to do a 40 mile bike ride, and like me upgraded his plans to afternoon tea, leaving the bike at home.  I don't blame him cycling in the cold and wet isn't fun for anyone, and also meant there was significantly less chance of a wet and muddy bike in my car...

So I had company fr my afternoon tea, along with a glass of fizz, followed by some chill time and a visit to the spa. The giant hot tub on the outside balcony overlooking the Mercedes-Benz World track, was a hit and worth venturing outside for.  We'd stayed in this hotel before and our room was very much the same as last time, but this time it also overlooked the track.

After the hot tub, next came the steam room and sauna, the only thing was they were attached to each of the changing rooms, so while MOH had company in the male steam room, I was the only one in the female sauna and steam room (and changing room).  Unusually for me I was more comfortable in the sauna - although my contact lenses potentially disagreed with that Sunday morning.

 RELAXING IN THE SPA AT BROOKLANDS HOTEL, SURREY

RELAXING IN THE SPA AT BROOKLANDS HOTEL, SURREY

It was odd though as while I'd planned to spend the afternoon in the spa alone, and was happy with that, the fact that MOH was in the spa but in a different steam room slightly marred it for me.  It was all a bit of a guess as to if he'd had enough, so each of us were popping out into the corridor at random intervals, but just like those clocks where the characters appear, never together!

The sensible thing would have been to communicate by phone, or agree a time to meet so each of us could relax and stop trying to second guess each other, but it didn't quite work out that way. It was still relaxing, but personally I'd have preferred a mixed spa.  I'm sure the hotel have plenty of female groups using the spa, but there were also plenty of couples too.

 TEXTURES!

TEXTURES!

The weekend turned into a weekend of eating, with afternoon tea, a fabulous dinner and a Full English to round off our stay. But all that food meant we were both itching for a walk, and thankfully the weather was much improved - still chilly, but dry at least so as planned we headed off to Wisley to make use of my membership for the first time this year.

 LOVING THE COLOUR IN THE GLASS HOUSE AT RHS WISLEY

LOVING THE COLOUR IN THE GLASS HOUSE AT RHS WISLEY

I don't get to Wisley perhaps as much as I'd like, but my visits do usually have a sense of familiarity about them and include trips to the vegetable garden and the Alpine House, and yesterday was no different. Wisley was busy though so our first stop was the Glasshouse to see what the queue was like for the butterflies. 

 TWO BUTTERFLIES TAKING A REST

TWO BUTTERFLIES TAKING A REST

We'd visited before, a couple of years ago - actually looking back it was three years ago - where did that time go? - I'll share more of my photos tomorrow, and while we got lucky with the general admission queuing for the butterflies, if you're going I'd recommend booking a timed slot in advance, as it was much busier than I remembered.

It was magical, but more tomorrow!

 SNOWDROPS AT WISLEY

SNOWDROPS AT WISLEY

There was a visit to the vegetable garden, and to the Alpine House where there was plenty of colour and lots of succulents for me to admire.  That means I've plenty of photos and could easily spend this week sharing photos from Wisley - I've contemplated a Wisley week here on the blog, but I suspect I'll most like break them up a bit, but you can expect to see more from here very soon.

 SUCCULENTS AT WISLEY

SUCCULENTS AT WISLEY

Having some time to switch off was great, just knowing that doing the washing, cooking the dinner, loading the dishwasher and cleaning the house was off both of our agendas was liberating. I'd taken my crochet and started the latest square, I didn't quite finish it though as my thoughts turned to our next trip.

We're off to Devon in March to see family and now we've a plan to stop off at Bridgwater along the way - it's not actually on the way, but it's close enough and a detour I'm willing to make. I'm hoping to fit in at least a couple of new gardens into this trip, as well as some old favourites. 

I'm also wondering if this is the year that I'll get to all four of the RHS gardens. Wisley and Hyde Hall are relatively easy for us; RHS Rosemoor could be within reach, which just leaves Harlow Carr, and which was recommended as a great garden to vist, we'll see.

In other house-related news we've agreed a date to start our long-planned conservatory work - eek!  It's not until April, but I'm sure that will be here before we know it. We've more to do before the work starts, not least to eat the contents and dispose of our second freezer. I'm sure we can look forward to some strange meal combinations in the not too distant future.

More of that, and the conservatory plans another week, I'm still working out in my head how we'll rearrange our ground floor to make space for them to work unhindered. We're reusing builders we've used before - and no, not those ones, the good ones so I'm hoping there won't be too many dramas along the way. I'm sure there'll be challenges, it is a building project after all, but I'm hoping they'll all be minor ones...