Today friend W and I have been really indulgent and have had a Spa Day at Swinton Park, which is about ten miles from here. It did strike me as I was typing this that it is something that would have been completely beyond the comprehension of my parents.
You can imagine that this has been a very stressful year for me and as the year has gone on my shoulders and rib cage have become more painful. In fact the upper part of my body has been totally tensed up with stress.
We arrived at around quarter past ten. This morning W swam in the heated pool while I dabbled my feet in the shallow end. (shoulders too painful for a swim). Then we went into the steam room, the sauna, the jacuzzi, had a footbath - had a delicious two course lunch - and finally had a one hour massage. By the end of it I was a limp rag I was so relaxed and was very grateful that I wasn't the one doing the driving.
I would certainly repeat the experience. When I came out of the jacuzzi I decided to swim out - maybe only a dozen strokes but it is the first time I had swum in possibly thirty years and I could easily get used to it again.
Back to earth with a bump tomorrow with organising Christmas festivities. The day itself will be spent with three friends, Boxing Day all my family will be coming here for a Buffet lunch and evening meal. That means I have a lot of lists to make, so better get on with it.