Sunday, 7 February 2010

Bath time! ;-)

'For how long are you actually going to drag out this birthday and when did the EU actually issue a directive that birthdays should last a fortnight ?!!'

LOL...words which made me laugh as we headed for the railway station yesterday morning, at some ridiculous hour!!

As you can see, we ended up in Bath !

It was a very last minute, spur of the moment decision, when I realised that we could get FGW first class train tickets at a very reasonable cost!

And it was well worth it too!

The train was on time both ways, the journey was pleasurable, the hot drinks were free (!) and the carriage was almost empty!

So well done First Great Western, for once you came up trumps!

The journey took two hours and, of course, once we arrived, we dived into Sally Lunns for one of their famous buns!

Oh she is, baking them fresh, just for us!

Like me, this Sally had all the mod cons of the day in her kitchen!

It was a glorious day and once out in the open air, we were able to potter around with no time pressures placed upon us.

Bath Abbey.

I tried to take a pic of the angels climbing up the front but it was no good..all I got was fuzziness!

It began to busy up and so we decided to walk...

... up to The Circus and The Royal Crescent.

After that, a pub lunch ....with a bit of footy and rugby thrown in..and prizes for guessing where next!

;-) ;-) ;-)

I was 'deposited' here, for a while and Mr S found himself another little watering hole.

And this is where I had to be sneaky...out with the the photos are not quite as sharp...but you get the idea!

I had 30 minutes to savour the flavour and that 30 minutes whizzed by! In no time at all, Mr S was back to collect me!!

I knew what I wanted (more or less)!

I bought a new ironing board cover in the Prairie design, along with some new oven gloves.

Both of mine being in a terrible needs must!

I bought three very pretty hankies and some fabric ..Prairie in cotton duck

and Provence Rose thinner cotton fabric. (Not keen on the china in this design but the fabric was nicer than I thought! )

And finally..and this is what I like about CK shops..the vintage bits dotted around the place...
I spied...

I doubt I would normally have splashed out... but this was birthday money and so..

a very lovely, vintage, cotton barkcloth bag met my eyes.

In fact there were two..another in a more autumnal design.

But I thought this would be ideal for the summer..and very me!

We had a great day...the only downside was that dear Mr S missed the England rugby match and I do feel a bit bad about that! So I have to make it up to him... somehow!! ;-)

Now then...about that EU directive!!

Hope you had a great weekend! ;-)


Michela said...

Hi Sal! Such a pity your special week is ending...Glad you had a great time! xxx

Country Cottage Chic said...

2 week birthdays sound just about right to me!

i like your new buys.


Cowboys and Custard said...

I am so pleased the sun shone for you.. Bath does glow in the sun!
Glad too that the crowds were scarce.. at least in your photos..
Sad that I wasn't there to be your personal guide for the day!
Come back soon.. and we'll do the bits you missed!

P.s Love the barkcloth bag.. would've been my choice too.

VintageVicki said...

Am a fan of stringing out birthdays for as long as possible - I intend mine to last for most of March ;)

Well done on the sneaky CK pics - love the bag too :)

A Bun Can Dance said...

Dear Sal
A belated Happy Birthday to you! Well done for stringing it out for a fortnight ;-)
So, you have been in my home town, having a good touristy wander about - had I known, I'd have come to join you for a Sally Lunn.
One summer holiday as a student I worked at Sally Lunn's in my black skirt and white pinny - very fetching! We took it in turns to stand outside encouraging the tourists to come in ;-)
It was SUCH a busy job... but I loved my Sally Lunn bun with welsh rarebit topping for lunches... yum!
I hope you can keep your birthday going a little longer.
I adore the barkcloth of your new shopping bag - divine!
Happy days to you,
Denise x

KC'sCourt! said...

Ooooooooooh! Bath my favourite place, Exeter comes a very very close second. Yes! Birthdays should last for a fortnight!

CraftyHelen said...

You certainly know how to have a good day out!xx

frayedattheedge said...

Birthdays should definitley last for two weeks - I keep my cards on the mantlepiece for weeks and weeks!! Love your purchases - and thanks for the sneaky photos - a real treat!

Simone said...

It looks like a lovely day out. I think I will make my birthday last two weeks this year. Thanks for putting the idea in my mind!

Florence and Mary said...

What a lovely day you had and so many goodies from CK!

Victoria xx

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Birthdays should definatly last at least 2 weeks.
Love your ck buys, the vintage bag if lovely.
Luv Sophie xxx

Rosie said...

Great photos - I love Sally Lunn's tea shop. Looks like a great day out and wonderful purchases too:)

Andi's English Attic said...

The bag is lovely. So glad you had a great time in Bath. A whole birthday week? Sounds good to me, but I'm getting complaints that I'm planning a mere weekend of birthday celebrations for mine. xx

Shabby Chick said...

I so wish we had a proper CK shop here! But thank you for showing us the one you went in, and for the lovely pictures of Bath. I most definitely raised my eyebrows at the idea of free hot drinks, you can tell I've not experienced anything (except postage) first class!!! Love your purchases.

Mel xxx

Menopausal musing said...

A girl's got to "milk" her birthday for all its worth.... Looks like you had a grand time in Bath. Very nice purchases.

Kathy said...

Oh I love Bath too, it's like a gigantic film set. Sally Lunns tea shop is lovely too.
I'm all for two week long birthdays
Kathy xxx

Lalabibaby said...

What a glorious day Sal .... thanks for sharing it with us ... we've had nothing but fog and greyness this weekend. You hang that birthday out for as long as you want x

Hen said...

Happy Birthday, Sal. Love the b'day goodies - Provence rose in greeny fabric, well I know where I need to go this week! Bag is gorgeous and you were right to treat yourself.
Hen xxx

landcuckoo said...

What lovely pictures, glad you had such a good day out, bithdays should last as long as possible I agree!
Sarah x

Joanne said...

Happy belated birthday Sal.
Your a very lucky lady all those wonderful flowers and gifts.
Bath is a wonderful place, you've taken some fantastic photo's.
You just missed one place Jane Austens museum hehe.
Glad you had such a marvelous birthday.

Joanne x

Karen said...

Glad you had a lovely weekend and a great birthday, lots of great photos :)

Lots of yummy goodies in CK, looks like you chose well, your purchases are gorgeous - I especially love the bag you got :)

louise said...

Looking at the baker I hope your buns weren't stale and I love how you were deposited at Cath Kidston! You can relax when you let the train take the strain on a long journey, and you have time to make your long shopping list too! Glad you had a great time in Bath. x

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Belated birthday greetings, Sal. Glad you had such a great time. Mind you, Bath is just the best place for a(nother) birthday treat, isn't it.

Thanks for such a sweet thought re the knitting needles. That would be great.

See you at the V&H fair (if not before).

Sue x

Isobel said...

Hi Sal,
Bath is one of my favourite places in the land ever! I have been there a few times and it never fails to make me happy.
Love your buys!

funkymonkey said...

Hope you had a great birthday Sal. I think birthdays lasting a fortnight is a very good idea, especially when you get to visit Bath. Mind you it's Mr F.'s favourite place on earth so he'd probably not moan too much if I asked for a shopping trip.


Guenievre said...

You had a lovely day at Bath ! I've never gone to this town which seems to be nice; Et avec des boutiques très sympathiques !!!
I'm happy, I received, at last, the book of C. Kidston I ordered ... two months ago. I regret there is no shops in my area :-((

mise said...

Ah, there you are! If I could go to a CK shop anywhere in the world, I'd choose Bath, which is my top UK city. I plan to live there again when I can afford the Royal Crescent. It'll be awhile.