a couple of weeks ago, one of my oldest friends broke up with her partner of 9 yrs, and understandably, things are pretty tough for her..i am so awkward in these types of situations, i don't really know what to say, as i know that none of what i say can make anything any better..
so when i asked her last week if there was anything i could do to help, she asked if i could be free at the weekend as she would like to get away for a couple of days whilst he moved out..
so we decided to go to Stratford-upon-Avon, as it's somewhere neither of us had been, and soemwhere she has always wanted to visit..we booked a premier inn room, printed out a 'town tour' from one of the websites which came up when i googled "things to do in stratford" and set off on saturday morning, armed with a bag of jelly babies..
i'm not sure why i was expecting a larger town, but Stratford struck me as a quaint little town..we had a little rain on the way, and according to the weather forecast had been anticipating a washout, but most of the time it was sunny and warm..we checked in and set off for a wander around the town, and headed to the river where there was a rowing competition going on, with numerous teams in fancy dress outfits racing each other..we then walked a bit further and took the foot ferry back across the river and felt sorry for the guy who had to turn the wheel to get us across!
a quick stop in a cafe for a panini and then we headed on to see the house where Shakespeare was born..i was really glad that the weather stayed nice, as it was so good to be able to wander around with our focus on the actual buildings and architecture of the town, rather than just the shop fronts and windows..
once we had wandered around the town, we pottered around some of the sales, and i ended up with a pair of shorts (post to come at a later date on them) in the laura ashley sale, which i was thrilled about!
|The Old Bank, which had various Shakespeare carvings and mosaics|
in the evening, we went for a lovely dinner at Lamb's of Sheep Street, then headed off to the RSC for the Merchant of Venice - amazing :) i wouldn't say i was a massive Shakespeare fan, i've read some but not all of the plays (although not just in school)..the RSC theatre is a lovely building too, with lots to do other than the shows; we wandered around one of the exhibitions - murals made of sugar paste, to celebrate the 50yrs of the RSC..
|The Jester statue, complete with 'fool'-related Shakespeare quotes|
on sunday morning, after filling ourselves with a tonne of fruit and granola at the hotel breakfast buffet, we had a little look around the market stalls and then headed on to the butterfly farm!! i have to admit, i have been to one of these before, in north wales, and was recently disappointed to find that it had closed down when i planned to take my sister again a few weeks ago, so i was rather pleased that there was one in Stratford..it was really warm inside, but i coped with it as the butterflies were amazing, i couldn't believe the size of some of them, and the colours were so beautiful - although i didn't know what any of the types were.. considering i am so scared of moths when i'm at home, i can't quite understand why i liked this so much, but i did. so there.
|one butterfly landed on my wrist as we were walking round - i wanted to take it home with me!|
|mum and baby quail|