What an incredible couple of days! I could almost stop there and let you image the rest, but would rather share the fun.
I love October, mostly because I married Mr Rainbow, but also because the time of year is definitely one of my best. The colours are stunning, the weather is often at its most gorgeous and the countdown to Christmas is on.
This year we celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary on 23rd October. Last year being a mega milestone we stole away for a day to London to relieve our first night as a married couple. This year, we stole away for two days to Dimpsey Glamping in Somerset. And what a treat it was.
Dimpsey's Hither Hut is tucked away in deepest Somerset. A beautiful shepherd's hut that in spite of its size, offers the visitor a level of luxury difficult to better. We've had a torrid year and taking time out hasn't been easy - a few days here or there, but always with work hanging over us and a to do list as long as your arm. At Dimpsey, there's a feeling a total tranquility from the minute you walk in the door. It may only be a stone's throw from the A303, but as a visitor, you really are in a little part of the world that feels miles from anywhere.
I had to work until lunchtime, so getting away on time was tricky, but we just about made it and two hours later were met by the lovely Amanda who gave us all the information we needed - mostly the important knack of lighting the hot tub and where we would find things in the hut. With the rest of the afternoon ahead of us, the hot tub lit, supper vaguely prepared, we set about doing absolutely nothing! A newspaper to read, radio to listen to, tea to drink and cake to eat, unwinding was really quite easy. We were even joined by a feline friend.
The greatest difficulty of night one turned out to be pizza cooking. The oven was easy to sort, but we managed to burn the garlic bread and totally misjudge how sticky pizza dough really is and by then, the oven had lost its heat and our pizzas their cooked colour, so our anniversary dinner was a quite low key, but it made no difference to the lovely evening. As part of our lovely welcome, Dimpsey owners Andrew and Emma had left us a lovely bottle of sparkling Pinot Noir produced by local vineyard Wayford. It's as if they knew I'm a serious bubbly drinker!
Supper sorted, bubbly drunk and the hot tub hot, I paid little heed to the rain and spent a heavenly hour lounging in that seriously hot, hot tub!
A lovely night's sleep and amazingly we didn't surface until after 9.00am, possibly the first time on of us hasn't been up and running by 7.00am to sort animals or children, for the best part of 20 years. We certainly made the most of not having anything to do, no deadlines to meet, no animals to feed, no children to ferry from A to B, so we did exactly that - nothing.
In spite of the weather not being on our side, we hatched a plan to do a coastal work - inevitably researched in advance by Mr R - and set off to Seatown just under an hour away. There's no doubting we had a very wet walk, but we climbed a decent distance during our 6.5km walk, and much to Mr R's bemusement, completed our walk almost an hour quicker than the suggested time allowed. I know I walk quickly, but felt the timing was quite generous, I'm not sure Mr R would agree.
The good news was that as we completed our walk, the sun came out - typical - and we dried off quite nicely while feasting on a fab lunch at The anchor Inn, mindful of course that we also had dinner out planned. A lovely afternoon exploring the beach, watching a few fishermen trying to catch their supper and chatting with our fellow diners unimpeded by time.
Returning to the Hither Hut in the stunning sunshine, meant a quick cuppa, another lounge in the hot tub and a few overly competitive games of dominoes before getting a lift from Amanda to gastro pub The Candlelight Inn for dinner. Again another fab meal, another lovely bottle of wine, this time South African Bon Vallon Chardonnay, which really lived up to its award winning status. Dinner done and a lot of laughs had, we wondered our way touch lit 'home' to our Hither Hut - not even 2 kms, mostly uphill and made up of a lot more laughter.
The highlight of our last morning was not actually getting out of bed before 10.00am. I'd almost describe it as decadent, but as we had no agenda, there was no set time to get up, so I indulged in breakfast in bed - another first - courtesy of my lovely husband.
Extraordinary to think we both managed to take two days out, not take a laptop with us, not speak to or email a client (almost), not watch any TV, and not worry about what was happening outside our little glamping bubble. A perfect moment of tranquility before returning to the crazy world we live in. Thank you Dimpsey for a little moment of magic, we loved it and hope to return.