Birthday Weekend Away...

Thursday, 9 June 2011
As my birthday was just before my exams started (Friday 13th May err) celebrating with Matthew had to be delayed until after my exams.

My final exam was on Thursday 26th May and I had a spa day booked for the both of us on the Friday, doing it in style!

The spa day was booked via a groupon voucher, which due to groupon credit I managed to only pay £3 for it. The spa day was at Fusion Spa - Ystrad Mynych which is about 20mins form where I live and we had the Rasul Mud Room Ceremony, which involved our own room with a moon shower (really pretty and all lit up), our own sauna and a pot of mud and a pot of exfoliator. First off you had to dampen your skin in the shower, the exfoliate, then apply the mud (an to eachother etc) then sit in the steam room for 20mins. This was sooo relaxing and I wanted to fall asleep. Then shower off. My skin did feel really nice aftewards and although I was expecting my sensitive skin to be glowing bright red - it wasn't. 

We then had full use of the pool, gym etc and had afternoon tea. This was a plate of sandwiches and cakes and a large pot of tea which was nice, but not really enough to keep the both of us full.

We then drove over the bridge to Bristol and arrived at the Holiday Inn which would be our home for the weekend. Now Matthew did a VERY good job in booking the hotel and I shall let these pictures explain why...


As you can see the grounds were beautiful and full of animals which is always a win in my world. Also, the food was great!
On the Saturday we went to Noah's Arc Farm which is just brilliant, I really recommend you going, here is some of the many pictures that were taken. It poured down with rain, hence me wearing Matthew's cardigan and the "rain hair".

This chick was 2days old!

The animal above is called a "mara" and it confused my eyes..rabbit/dear! Somewhere along the line thumper and a female bambi got a bit fruity!

After checking out of the hotel we headed to Cabot Circus for some shopping. Even though I found a few things I wanted and ate my first Krispy Kream donut I wasn't all impressed with the shops. It has made me realise how good Cardiff is for shopping!

On the drive back to Cardiff with a sad face on, Matthew suggested that we call at a beach by us which was a brilliant call! A lovely stoney beach with plenty to look at, freezing cold though! Finished off with pasties and a cup of tea in the car to warm up!

Overall I had an amazing weekend and it went far too fast :(

Thank you Matthew <3 and I need to point out that Matthew took most of these pictures so the photography skills need to be credited to him! He will love that :) haha.



CRAZY picture post I know, but sometimes you cannot narrow it down!


  1. Sounds/Looks like you had a lush time!
    Love the little Goffer/beaver thing.. All I can think of is.. " ALAN!..ALAN!..ALAN!..Oh wait that's not Alan it's Steve..STEVE!...STEVE!..STEVE!" :-)


  2. Awh looks like you had a fab time! Great photos :) I love the zoo!

  3. This looks ever so lovely and I cant believe you got a spa day for £3.00 , giggled a bit at thumper and bambi getting fruity ! xx

  4. AHHH I loved these photographs Charli! Looks like you had an AMAZING weekend, what a cool lot of animals (LOL at the mara). Lovely bag too ;)

  5. You've really made me want to go to the zoo now- haha!
    I'm glad you had a good time
    And happy (belated) birthday!

  6. Excellent pics - I really enjoyed looking through them. Looks like you had a lovely time x

  7. Oh wow, I'm jealous, it looks like you had a fabulous weekend!
    The sign saying don't feed the fish made me chuckle.xx

  8. Looks like you had a fab time - I'm totes jealous. The photography is wonderful ;)

  9. Looks like an amazing weekend.. I feel the same about Cardiff shopping.. cabot circus is nice enough.. but not a scratch on good ole Caerdydd :)


  10. Looks like you had an amazing time!! That spa day sounds awesome

  11. Looks like you had a lovely time! The farm looks great :) xxx

  12. Thanks everyone, had an amazing time!