Ah the plans we had: the places we were going to see, the food we were going to eat, the glasses we were going to clink – all scuppered by a bout of illness. Yep, my birthday didn’t really turn out the way I had hoped – yet I’m not in the slightest bit disappointed.
Staying in luxury hotels, chowing down on gourmet food and drinking fizz certainly have their appeal, but after my recent health scare I’m just glad to be getting back to ‘normal’. So after spending Christmas with family in Wales, we decided to ditch the visit to Prague that Andrew had planned for my birthday celebrations in favour of some well-needed rest and recuperation in Ramsgate.
Why Ramsgate? Well I think a few of you may have already guessed that we have a boat in Ramsgate Marina. There’s something truly magical about being near the sea; we both find it an incredibly healing place to spend time. If we’re feeling stressed out, overworked or just in need of downtime, the boat is where we head.
We were a bit unlucky with the weather – walking around the marina to go out for dinner is not so much fun when there’s an actual gale blowing. We did get to see the boats bedecked in their Christmas finery though, which made battling the storms worth it – almost!
We made the most of it: hunkering down below deck, watching DVD’s, nibbling nice nosh, being rocked by the wind and talking. Yes we talked a lot. We talked about our life, we talked about our future, we talked about our plans. And all that talking led to a decision; we’ve been considering moving for a while, and now is the time. We’re going to put the house on the market and start looking for a place in Wales. The heart wants what the heart wants, and mine definitely wants to go ‘home’ – it took it almost breaking for me realise just how much.