On Monday myself and some lovely blogger friends (Nell, Lia and Abi) were lucky enough to be invited out to the day to Bath Thermae Spa. For Nell and I it was the first time we had left our little ones for any considerable about of time but I can't imagine a nicer occasion to do so! Tom took the day off to watch Wilf and I set off on the train with Abi, even getting a coffee at the platform and drinking it hot and in peace was a luxury ;)
Charlotte from the Spa greeted us and gave us a little tour around and an insight into the history of the building and the water and then we were left to relax in the pools. We started in the bottom pool, chatting in the jacuzzi we didn't realise how quickly time was flying and an hour had passed already. Although not all of us had met each other before there was no awkwardness and we found we had lots in common. I think you can get quite a good impression as to whether you will get on with people via their blogs and I was glad to see I was right.
From there we moved to the roof top pool which was fantastic. I'd been to the Spa once before years ago with my mum as a Mother's day treat and the view was just as fantastic as I had remembered it. It was such a cold day and the air in contrast to the warmth of the pool made for some very atmospheric steam. I wish I could have taken a photo to have shown you as I don't think I could write well enough to do it justice. We chatted about our thoughts on returning to work, setting up businesses and our children (naturally). After this we took a trip down to the steam rooms, agreeing our favourite was the eucalyptus mint. We laughed at how we had all started the day not wishing to get our hair wet (what were we thinking!).
The spa was kind enough to offer us all lunch in the Springs restaurant, we were treated to three amazing courses (even though I couldn't help describing each course in my head in the Masterchef voice as it arrived). Taking my time to savour drinking my glass of wine we talked through our thoughts on blogging, sponsorship, the balance between sharing your life and benefiting from the rewards (such as this day!). Sometimes it can be hard to explain the blogging world to people who are not in or aware of it, so it was nice then to talk through with people who 'get it'.
Being at the baths reminded me what a lovely location it would be for a couples day out. I'm also dreaming about hiring out the private cross bath for a special occasion, you know just drinking champers lounging by the pool with your friends..ahh :)Abi and I got the train back to Bristol and I was back to my little boy in time for his dinner whilst Tom told me about the fun day they had had together! All in all a pretty successful day, a break for me that was very appreciated plus a boys days together for Tom and Wilf!
p.s Abi totally giggled when she saw the Bath Rugby players semi naked