Friday, 19 September 2008

Pat is 60 Day 1

Pat is 60 next Thursday so for her retirement and birthday present, I organised a surprise Regency Weekend for her. As is usual, she was not told where she was going, nor what she was doing and as much disinformation as possible was given before we left. So we left home at 10.30 a.m. on the Saturday before her birthday with Pat not knowing where she was going and resigned to the fact that she would have to wait to find out.

After a brief diversion towards Heathrow (just to create further confusion), the secret was revealed - a Jane Austen weekend In Bath during which she would take part in a costume parade as a Regency lady,  a guided tour of Regency Bath, attend a Regency Tea and learn how to fold napkins in a Regency style, attend a Regency concert where the favourite music of Jane Austen would be played.and finally, learn Regency dancing and then attend a Regency Ball.

Was she surprised? Somewhat !!! especially when she learnt that I would be taking part in all of the above but dressed as a Naval Captain.

We stayed at the Kennard Hotel which describes itself

Kennard Hotel

as "Built in 1794, the golden age of Bath's Georgian elegance, it was once a lodging house which one rented to enjoy this delightful city. Over many years, the house has been carefully maintained and restored and we hope it will now give you the experience of staying in one of Bath's original Georgian townhouses. Throughout the house, the essence has always been to provide a quality and stylish décor suited to a building of this period."

That night we had dinner at Demuths Vegetarian Restaurant which modestly describes itself as "The best vegetarian restaurant in the south west of England". The food was very good – we both had the Mezze followed by Brioche and Ice-cream.

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