Sunday Nights 

I love going out on a Sunday night. Our working week is usually Monday to Saturday and we’re both knackered by Saturday night, usually nodding off by 8pm! So having a day off (sometimes) on a Sunday is a perfect excuse to go out, plus it’s quieter and cheaper!

We (Graemeand I ) try and find different places to eat locally, usually through one of the deal websites (Groupon/Living Social) but last week we ventured into town to The Botanist.

It was restaurant week and we took advantage of their 2 courses for £10 offer. Nowadays I like to have eaten, drank and be back home for 9pm (gone are the days of nightclubbing until 2am) but they only had reservations for 8.30pm onwards, so 8.30 it was!

We arrived super early (7.45)  and guess what, the place was pretty quiet (as I suspected) and so we got seated straight away with a table overlooking Grey Street.

We already knew what we were having (the luxury of online menus!) so ordered both drinks and meals at the same time (cuts down on the faffing about!) Our drinks came (which were wrong but immediately rectified) and then our starters. Both the soup and the hummus were well presented and delicious. Then we had the obligatory hanging kebabs – one chicken, one prawn. More chicken than prawns I have to add but delicious all the same, especially the garlic butter sauce!  I won’t bore you with pictures as I think everyone knows what a hanging kebab looks like!

We finished off our pints (all £10 of them!),  paid the bill and completed the survey on their tablet!

We did a quick wander upstairs to the roof terrace, just to say we had seen it and made our way back downstairs (my advice, take the lift up!)

We did enjoy the food but the seating (too low), lighting (too dark) and live singer (too loud) were very offputting.

Would we return? No I don’t think so, unless Graeme grew a hipster beard and squeezed himself into a pair of too tight jeans!

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The guilty side of cake decorating

Apart from saying no (to cake orders I must add!) my guilty feelings kick in when I go on holiday.

We’ve just had a week away and although I haven’t turned any orders away, I still feel guilty for closing the shop.

We love going away in January. It’s quiet and cold so some sunshine is just what we needed! We flew on Thursday and a very good customer wanted a cake for the Friday so although I said no, she insisted that it would be OK for Wednesday so I agreed.

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So off we went for a week away – answerphone message set and closed sign on our shop door. It’s pretty difficult nowadays to get away from anything completely. I can remember about 4 years ago when we had our first holiday since opening the business. We took our small laptop with us and every other night we sat in the hotel bar (the only place that you get a wifi signal) before dinner to check our messages and orders. Most hotels now have brilliant signals and I could even get wifi in the cave we visited, so there’s no escape!

The snow hit when we arrived back which delayed our flight but as I had two orders for Saturday I was straight back to work on Thursday night after we landed.

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So we’re back to normal now. Settling back into the cold and catching up on emails, it feels like we’ve never been away!