Well, hubby and I went away for the weekend, leaving our two children to fend for themselves. Before you report me for bad parenting skills, eldest son, 21, looked after his brother, 14, for the 3 nights we were away for, and I am pleased to say, he did a good job, especially as his brother decided on Saturday, to be ill! Rather than phoning us up and telling us all about it, knowing I would panic, eldest just got on with it all, told his brother to stay in bed and made sure he ate and drank plenty!
We spent our weekend away at Wyboston Lakes hotel just outside Bedford, about 5 miles from St. Neots. We arrived on Friday, booked in, took our things to the room and unpacked, before setting off to the restaurant for our dinner and a few drinks in the bar.
Our room was clean and tidy, a safe for our valuables (if we had any), ensuite bath and shower, clean towels that were changed daily, and hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities. The bed was huge! It was lovely and comfotable as well!!
Nigel trying the bed out for size!
The next day we ate a full English cooked breakfast, before heading to St. Neots to have a browse around. It has been a few years since I last visited St. Neots, in fact eldest was a new born, and I used to bundle him into the car, with our dog and drive up there to go and have a walk along the river, marvelling at the river boats, before wandering along the town. We paid to stay for 3 hours, we were back at the car within half an hour! It is disappointing to see the amount of charity shops are on the high street now, though I think that is the way of most high streets nowadays!
We headed off to Cambridge, another place I haven't been to for quite some time, in fact I think I was a teenager the last time I had been there!! We parked just outside and hopped onto the park and ride that took us into the town. One thing I did notice was the amount of people riding bicycles, there were quite a few of them, as well as the ones that were tied to railings dotted around the town. We even saw a child get run over by a person riding a bicycle, who carried on riding past as if nothing had happened! Fortunately the child was ok, even if the parents were shaken up by the experience!
I did love Cambridge though, it's variety of architecture, the bustling coffee shops, the people who just stop in front of you to take a picture! Of course, as in any town or high street, you get the same shops, the malls, but go down a side street and you come across one of the many colleges, which form part of the university, or an independent shop with many a curio or distinctive item of clothing! Something different from the norm! Of course I was at one point in seventh heaven when hubby and I found a bookshop called Heffers. Hubby went one way, I went the other, and an hour or two :cough::ahem: of browsing later, we emerged into daylight again, empty handed, but only because I could have spent our entire weekend budget in that one shop
I wish we could have stayed longer in Cambridge, but alas we had to head back to the hotel, but we have promised ourselves to visit again, perhaps in the Summer and spend more time there, sightseeing
Once back at the hotel, we spent an hour in the hotel gym before getting ready for our evening meal, and spending the evening at the bar
Sunday, after another cooked breakfast, we had a wander around the hotel grounds, while avoiding the golfers that were having lessons or just teeing off on the green!
After this we got in the car, and did something we haven't done for a while, just opened the road map on a page and picked somewhere to visit on that page! Fortunately not too far away was a place called West Stow, which has an Anglo Saxon Village, so off we headed to have a look at the reconstructed buildings, the museum and to take a walk on one of the many nature trails! Of course, we pick a day where they were holding a Lord of the Rings event, though there weren't many children around! We have paid for a year's ticket though, as we hope to take the children back there in the summer holidays as it is something they will be interested in. The ticket will also admit us to the museum in Bury St Edmunds, which bizarrely, hubby and I haven't been to for a while and were talking about visiting sometime this year - so it was a true bargain!
After our long walk, we returned to the hotel where we took advantage of the health and fitness suite, doing some exercise on the treadmill and the rowing machine, before going for a swim in the pool. Another delicious dinner was consumed before we retired for the evening!
So now we are home and back to the reality of it all