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Sunny Salisbury

Apologies for the lack of blog activity over the past few days but we have had computer issues Chez Duffy-Lye. It seems that whilst it is a lot of fun taking pictures of my food, my home and whatnot my laptop wasn’t so keen on trying to store all of these pictures and promptly gave up working! It has been remedied and I have a new friend that I will now be using daily to avoid the same thing happening again:

It’s like in Sex and the City when Carrie’s laptop crashed and everyone was amazed that she didn’t “back-up”! Well, I was also that girl but not anymore!

And as Miss Bradshaw so wisely said…“After all, computers crash, people die, relationships fall apart. The best we can do is breathe and reboot.” Amen to that

With rumours that yesterday was going to be the hottest day of the year, we decided to head out for the day. Or rather Ian told me that morning as I woke up that he was taking me out for an ‘adventure’! We have a weird thing where we always like to ‘surprise’ the other person by taking them somewhere new and yesterday we visited Salisbury. Not strictly a new place (I treated Ian to a night here in a posh hotel for his birthday a few years ago…another ‘surprise’) but on such a gorgeous day, who’s complaining?!

We arrived around lunchtime, stomachs rumbling and rather than queue up with the long lines of tourists to get a seat in a restaurant for lunch we went for the classic Boots Meal Deal and headed to the Cathedral for an al fresco lunch in the sun.

Seeing as I am going to be a bridesmaid for one of my best friends in less than two weeks and the bridesmaid dress is still a little on the tight side (translation…I can only just get the zip done up!), I opted for this rather virtuous looking thai prawn salad which was actually rather good.

After catching some rays, we headed into the cathedral for a wander and stumbled upon the remarkable ‘Avenue of Champions’ art exhibition by Ben Dearnley; a set of sculptures of Olympic and Paralympic athletes focusing on their ‘power zones’…and no I don’t mean there!

Although we weren’t too highbrow and arty not to get a photo like this when the coast was clear:

 I’m not too sure where this exhibition will end up but I think the pieces will act as a timely reminder of the incredible games we have just hosted.

Knowing Ian, I knew a day out wouldn’t be complete without some sort of pub visit or beer-related activity and I was right! We found a Hall and Woodhouse pub, The New Inn, a few minutes from the cathedral so popped in for a Badger ale.

I’m really starting to love this small chain of pubs as they occupy the most gorgeous buildings which are full of character and usually a good amount of exposed brickwork and beams…my favourite. This one was no different and had a lovely little beer garden out the back so we could enjoy the sun with a few ales. Traditionally a bit of a bloke’s drink I am coming round to ales and I love a cold bottle of Golden Glory; a really light, peachy beer.

If you haven’t been, Salisbury is a lovely place for a weekend visit, combining gorgeous architecture, a bit of history, lovely shops and a good selection of restaurants.

About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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