Thursday, 1 August 2013

Busy Days

It's been a really busy couple of days. Normally, at the start of the summer holidays, I'm so tired that all I do is lie around for the first week. My husband never allows us to book a holiday away at the beginning as he says I'm so miserable and grumpy it's not worth it and to be fair, normally he has a point. Except for this time. I've been having a lovely time visiting different places. On Monday, I dropped my son off at the Cranleigh Arts Centre for the Challenge and then spent the day doing the pre-reading I'd been sent for the SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator for those who don't work in the world of English education) course I'm taking next academic year at Roehampton University. I started off on a bench in Cranleigh church with this as my view

and moved around all the benches as the wind brought down the leaves of the tree I was sitting under, then it started to rain so I ended up sitting in the porch of the church. I love churchyards as you can imagine the lives of the people that have gone before you. I then spent some time pottering around Cranleigh high street (not much to see I'm afraid) and then moved on to a local village - Ewhurst - which had a very pretty church. I finished off my reading in this churchyard which was a lovely experience (except for the tree surgery that was going on next to it).

I parked by this gate and then walked up a path to the left to this church

At one point, I stretched my legs and walked all round the church.

After finishing my reading, I set back off down the path. I was happily minding my own business, reading the grave stones when I happened to look up. At the bottom of the path was a mother deer with her two children just staring back at me. I tried to get a picture but the light wasn't good enough. It was a lovely, peaceful day and I also managed to complete all my pre-reading. Result.

Tuesday meant I had to do the drop off in Cranleigh again but this time I decided to visit the banks in Guildford to update all our savings books (always a task for the holidays). Having completed that, I happened to bump into one of my best friends in the high street and we ended up shopping and lunching together. Here are some photos of the Abbots Hospital at the top of the high street. It's a beautiful old building and residents of Guildford who are on low incomes can apply to live here.

This is the door into the courtyard of the building.

And here is one side of the quadrangle. We popped into Da Gennaro's for lunch. This is a family run Italian restaurant that I highly recommend. They do a lunch special Monday-Saturday which includes a starter and main from a set list and a soft drink or glass of house wine for £7.50. Absolute bargain. Here's the starter we both had - bruschetta.

By this time I was starting to flag a bit but I still had one more drop off in Cranleigh which was yesterday morning. As the pick wasn't until 8pm, I decided to do something a little bit different - something I've never done before. I drove to Brighton on my own. Normally, I go with the family but as I was on my own I thought I'd give it a try. It was a fantastic day. I pottered around the shops, including the Lanes and North Laines, popped into Infinity Foods (wonderful shop) and even had lunch on my own at Bombay Aloo which is a Indian vegetarian buffet restaurant. The food was nice although the sauces were a bit watery and the service was appalling. The waiter didn't speak to me once just put a plate down in front of me and didn't ask if I wanted a drink so I don't think I'll be going back there in a hurry.

There was a good choice of curries but you can see the watery consistency in the picture.

The best part of the day was the free cinema on Brighton beach - I stayed long enough to see Indian Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark on the beach. It was brilliant all be it a little surreal.

This was just before the movie where three authors were being interviewed. I even managed to nab one of the bean bag chairs for the movie. I was so sure that someone was going to tell me that they were only for important people but they didn't. Thank goodness I didn't have to sit on the pebbles for 3 hours. I also managed to paddle in the sea even though the weather wasn't great.

This picture made me laugh as it looks like I'm wearing anklets when in fact it's the seaweed wrapping itself round me. The water was really refreshing and I managed to collect some mini shell pieces that I'm hoping to turn into earrings - maybe today's job.

As you can imagine, I'm feeling quite tired today so no more visiting and lunching just time spent at home checking at the pictures from the last few days.

If you have the luxury of having time off during the summer, I hope you're having a lovely time.

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