After quite a difficult week, my lovely husband Mark suggested a day out to cheer us all up. It was also a good excuse to dust off the National Trust membership cards. Unfortunately not much is open in November! However one place that was open was Ightham Moat in Kent, a place Mark and I had visited and loved before we got married, over 16 years ago.
Only a couple of the rooms were open in the house as November is the month that vital restoration work is carried out (apparently!), and those rooms were decorated in the style of a Victorian Christmas. Whilst the decorations were beautiful, I'm still not ready to think about Christmas - I'm in denial (although I confess that I did buy a little Christmas decoration, just couldn't help myself!). I loved the decorated table - so formal.
It was still early by the time we had finished at the House, so we headed off to Southend for something to eat. Mark was hoping for a Harry Ramsden's but sadly he was disappointed! It was quite a chilly, grey day but nothing stops the bright lights of a busy seaside town shining! I'm not particularly fond of Southend, I think it's a bit too tacky, but we had a nice couple of hours there and the children had a blast playing Air Hockey in one of the arcades.
We had a great day out, it was good to forget about the boring chores that normally make up our Saturdays and just have a nice day. Now we are having a quite evening, catching up on a bit of TV, eating cheese and biscuits and drinking a glass of red wine (adults only of course!) - heaven!
Have a good one. M x