Last weekend Mark and I took ourselves off to Wells - 'England's smallest city'.
We stayed at 'Beryl', an early-Victorian 'Gentleman's Residence' on the edge of the Mendip Hills and about a mile from the city centre.
The style of the B+B is best described as 'Tyntesfield' meets 'Wealthy Maiden Aunt'..
This was our bedroom.. (with the addition of my bear, Helen)
..and this was the view from our sizable bathroom, through the dressing room area, and back to the door of our attic suite.
This is a detail of the wall paper (VERY National Trust darlings!)
..and here's the front of the house from the lawns.
I wish that I'd taken more photos of the interiors.
There were three sitting rooms for guests (the bar, the drawing room and the snug)
Tea and home-made cake was served in the snug every afternoon.
The banana cake on Saturday afternoon was delicious!!
We explored the Bishop's Palace..
...it's beautiful gardens with gorgeous views of the cathedral..
We stared at the spectacular West Front of the cathedral..
and took endless photos of the clean dramatic lines of the Nave..
This 14th Century 'scissor arch' looks modern -
especially with the modern altar front and 20th Century furniture..
...but everything around the cathedral is 'seriously old'.
The chimneys in this picture were added to the houses in the 1470s!!!
For cat lovers like us, Wells is full of furry feline friends...
This is Maisie, the 'Bishops Palace Cat', surveying her domain from
the entrance to the Bishops Chapel.
This is Louis, the 'Cathedral Cat'.
He has had a book written about him and he's obviously had lots of adventures -
but he's an old cat now and spends most of his days in a nice warm shopping basket in a corner of the cathedral shop...
Back to school this week... for the last seven week stint.
I've received a pretty manic e-mail yesterday from one of the Assistant Heads who thinks it's a good idea to go for the 'Platinum' Arts Award.
More work.... more collection of data and evidence and yet another format...Grrrrr...!
Sadly "the end is not quite nigh enough"!!!
Never mind, I have lovely weekend memories to sustain me..