Well, I'm back, terms nearly upon me, I'm up to my neck in people I need to see, paperwork for PhD applications, maths I haven't done, things that need time and money, and housework that needs doing.
Spending last night getting obnoxiously drunk possibly wasn't a good idea with hindsight. Luckilly M continues to be wonderful, and puts up with me even when I'm strange and moody.
Well, I wanted to write about this when I got back, but spent so long spodding, reading LJ and generally wearying myself with the real world that by now the shine of a perfect weekend has been tarnished by the effort of living. Still, it was wonderful
Mum and Dad were going to see the four kids we used to foster, and M and I went with them. Mum gave us a lift up the night before, and my family actually sat round playing silly games for once (instead of watching TV) balencing straws on camels backs, miming the statue of liberty and doing pub quizes. Then on Saturday we took the kids to the cinema, to see Peter Pan, and then to MacDonalds. It was wonderful to see them, I love them and only get to see them about twice a year, and they seemed glad to see me, which was nice. Just to be able to hug Toni again after so long was very special.
Then M and I headed off into the Pennines for a night away in a pretty bed and breakfast. We turned up and were given tea and cake, and then had the pool all to ourselves (we were the only guests.) It was beautifully lit, and just the right tempurature, and not too small either. Then we went down to the pub for dinner, before going back to the B+B. Our room was very pretty, if a little fussy, and had a lovely en suite with a corner bath.
Breakfast was vast, and tasty, with ducks, chickens, squrrels and tits outside the window. We drove through Castleton, walked round the botton of Mam Tor for a bit (round Odins mine and the old Winnets pass), drove through Winnets because M hadn't seen it, went down Speedwell caverns (which is interesting, although a bit sad - a wonderful engineering acheivement, solving the problem of water in mines and pit ponies with one fell swoop by using canals... except there wasn't any lead found. Also they would have had the deepest underground lake ever, except the miners filled it in with the rubble...) on an underwater boat, and saw Pevril castle and the Peak cavern in the afternoon. The weather was wonderful for January, the views were superb, and all in all it was a perfect weekend.