The Christmas holidays passed in a blur - friends and family, food and fun! I can't believe how quickly it all went (and how slowly the first 2 days back at work were!)
At New Year, I went with friends, to visit friends in Bath and the small village of Weston-in-Gordano, close to Bristol in SW England. There were 14 of us staying in our friend's cottage - 2 in the living room, 4 in each of the 3 bedrooms - it was cosy and fun! Our hosts deserve a medal for putting up with us all (10 adults and 2 children descending on you for 2 days takes some preparation!)
We ate, walked, talked, played in the Wii and had a party for New Year in the local village hall. A huge buffet dinner (and more alcohol than we really needed), a quiz, space hopper racing, some Scottish ceilidh dancing and general mayhem!
I also spent a day in Bath visiting my friend Mariana - a Georgian City, with some amazing architecture - the Circus, the Royal Crescent, Pultney Bridge, Bath Abbey etc.
Bath was founded in 860BC and home to the Romans from 200BC to 400AD and a visit to their baths is definitely a must, construction of the current Abbey started in 1499 and was completed in 1611 (after being destroyed in 1539) and the famous Georgian terraces and crescents were built between 1750 and 1775. It was designated as a UN World Heritage Site in 1987. A whole lot of history in one place!
There were some of the most amazing Christmas wreaths adorning the regal doors of the Georgian terraces - I couldn't stop taking photos of wreaths! (I did also somehow manage to break the screen on my 6 month old digital camera so will need to purchase a new one - any tips for a new compact digital camera appreciated!!)
Next time I will definitely need to visit the new Thermae Spa completed in 2006 and the only place you can take to the waters as the Romans did in Bath over 2000 years ago!
Can you see the angels climbing towards heaven on the front of Bath Abbey? I also loved the old sign for a "Brush Manufactory" on one of the buildings.