Last Friday I set off on an epic cross country journey to Longleat Centerparcs. Along the way more bloggers joined me – Rachel, Lauren and Laura (or Himpy as she became known!).
This is how we managed it!
We got to Centerparcs early in the evening and excitedly piled into the lodge. There was a lovely big table, an equipped kitchen, room for 6 on the sofa and twin / double bedrooms with crisp white bedlinen.
We filled the cupboards and then took proud pictures of our food haul.
Lodge 1 was finally complete when Laura no. 3 (aka Hainy!) arrived so we cracked open the bubbly for a toast.
Next door in Lodge 2 the other six lovely bloggers in our party had arrived and came over to say hello. We soon discovered that each lodge had independently decided to cook fajitas that night. That was when I knew we were all on the same wavelength.
On Saturday morning after some more pyjama time in front of a movie, we headed down to the lake.
We clambered into two-man canoes and screamed as we were pushed out onto the water. After a few initial wobbles we were soon cruising through the water… until our arms got tired and then we all drifted around and chatted until our time was up. Ducks sat watching on the shore and didn’t seem at all bothered as our canoes careered towards them!
|Thanks to Laura | Thatgirlbehindhermask.com for the above photo!|
That evening we dressed up and hitched a ride on the Centerparcs train over to Huck’s Diner for cocktails and some hearty American style food. I had an apple martini which was dangerously tasty; you couldn’t even tell that it was alcoholic. I paced myself though as we had a bowling lane booked for after.
We tried to take pictures but our attempt at the Charlies Angels pose didn’t quite go as planned due to some ‘height issues’! (These still make me smile every time I look at them!).
The original plan had been to go to the Saturday night disco, but instead we all piled back to Lodge 1, where we played the most complicated drinking game imaginable (Ring of Fire) and then collapsed in fits of giggles during a game of ‘Heads Up’.
Then we played beer pong and broke out in an impromptu singalong/dancealong to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’.
Sunday began with movies on the sofa and cookies for breakfast. I blame it on the girls – such enablers! 😉
|Thanks to Lauren | Blondevision for the above photo!|
By the time we got back hours later it was time to eat again – a barbecue this time!
The icing melts when you microwave it. Melts. Mmm.
Monday morning arrived far too soon. We dropped the bikes off and said one last farewell to Centerparcs.
I had been really nervous about a whole weekend away with a group of girls. I didn’t go to Uni and I tend to be the ‘quiet one’ who likes to sit in the corner with her head in a book. However we all clicked from the get go and it felt like I’d known these girls for years. I’ve got all the time in the world for them and can’t wait for our next big adventure. <3 <3 <3
…and if you’ve got to the end of this post, thanks for sticking with me! I don’t think I’ve included enough photos (!) so here’s about a million more. Not the best quality, but my goodness using a selfie stick is fun!!