Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Birthday in Bath

There are some days when you take a moment and can't help but count your blessings. Last weekend was one of those times. We all had the most wonderful weekend away together in Bath and it will go down as one of my top 5 birthdays ever!

We started with a stroll through some of the more historic parts of the city as we ambled over to the Saturday Flea Market. Despite the market being a bit on the lean side straight after Christmas we were happy enough having a good nose around all the interesting shops in the Walcot area. We even got to stand and watch some people learning to blow glass at Bath Aqua Glass which was really quite fascinating and could have taken up much more of our day - but we had things to do!

After a  quick mooch around some of the city centre main line shops we stopped for a cuppa at a little cafe opposite the Makery Emporium. This had been on my list of places to visit. A charming shop that Cait and I enjoyed browsing in no end. A little while later with a couple of small purchases in our bags my tea was thankfully still warm. 

From there we popped over the Guildhall Market and another fabulous sewing shop, this time Sew N Sew. They had everything you could dream of including a fanstatic selection of ribbons, trims and patterned bias binding. A few more purchases were made whilst Mr B and Niamh found a sweet shop nearby!

The afternoon filled with meanders, a look around the Abbey and a purposeful stroll to Bijoux Beads.

I am sometimes wary of bead shops fearing that you'll see all the same things over and over and but Bijoux Beads had a wonderful supply and lots of things that I had never seen before. I was very pleased to discover that they sell online too.

I'd done a little research in the week before about what was on and I discovered something called the Field of Light at the Holborne Museum of Art. A a short stroll once dusk had fallen and it was well worth it. Very hard to describe but there were thousands of tiny fibre optic lights spread out across the grounds around the museum and it was a really magical sight. Cait had fun with the arty shots.

It was then back to the city centre and a Moroccan restaurant Cafe Du Globe where, thanks to a rather large cake around late afternoon, we all found ourselves struggling to do a fabulous meal justice. If you enjoy Moroccan cuisine I'd thoroughly recommend a visit, but do book. It was the busiest I've ever seen a restaurant around the time of my birthday.

It was a great day and the wonderful present of some gorgeous earrings from Mr B and the girls was the icing on the cake really. It was the whole day that made it for me.


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