This year will see us celebrating several 30th Birthdays, up first was the lovely Ellen’s! Normally we all go away for the weekend around this time of the year to keep away the January blues, however this year we thought what better way to keep them at bay than to tie it in and celebrate Ellen turning the big 3 0!
After trawling many sites online Ash (Ellen’s other half) came across a beautiful Farmhouse called The Old Farmhouse, located just 6 miles from Bude. It was a struggle to find somewhere that would fit all ten of us and a dog in with enough space that we weren’t all on top of each other. This Farmhouse was absolutely perfect and suited all of our needs and more! I know I say it often but the beauty of where we live in Crediton, is that Bude actually isn’t that far away from us, in fact it’s exactly an hour away so in no time we had arrived. We eagerly unbuckled our seat belts and jumped out of the car, even Buck the dog was excited to have arrived, I think he must have sensed our excitement. We explored each room in awe of the place, it was even better than we could have hoped for. We climbed the oak staircase in search of our rooms and again were amazed by what we found, the rooms were decorated very stylishly but in keeping with the 400 year old building, wooden beams lined the ceilings, even the door handles were lovely!
We all chose our rooms and unpacked our bags. Next on the list was to go and do the ‘the big shop’. Me, Ellen and Laura got back in the car and headed for the nearest Supermarket which was not too far away. We grabbed a trolley and filled it to the top, grinning when all of it came to just £90! We had enough to eat like Kings and Queens for the whole weekend all for just £9 each! When we got back to the Farmhouse Dan, Eliot and Laura had arrived leaving us waiting for just one more person. We packed all the shopping away and all stood about chatting for a while and cooked up our first meal of the weekend… I say a meal in the loosest term, we went for party food and it was bleddy lovely. However before all of this happened I am missing one very important part to this post! Tom arrived shortly before and we were all stood around in the kitchen chatting, Ash had managed to get us all in there without us really realising, he cleared his throat and said he’d like to say a few words… we all thought he was going to thank us all for coming but oh how wrong we were! Before we knew it he had gotten down on one knee and asked his girlfriend Ellen to marry him!!! We were absolutely stunned, gobsmacked and delighted, all at the same time! All three of us Laura’s burst into tears of happiness and although they’d be too manly to admit it I am sure there were a few tears from the men too. That was it then, the Prosecco was popped and we all had a very merry night, partying into the early hours! What a lovely way to start our weekend away and what an evening to remember.
The next day we all woke up with grins on our faces, despite suffering some what from our night before! Dave and Joe cooked up a big breakfast which helped ease our tummies and we planned a trip into Bude to try and clear our headaches.
We grabbed every item of clothing we could squeeze on under our coats to keep warm in the freezing weather, jumped into our cars and made the trip into Bude. We parked up and started our walk along Summerleaze Beach.
We clambered over the rocks and made our way over to Crooklets Beach, eventually making our way up into the town after a few picture stops.
We made our way into the town and stopped in a little shop called Coast and Country Interiors we were enticed in by the beautiful rugs we could see in the window. We ended up purchasing a lovely Welsh Wool rug, oops! I was very pleased with my purchase and the lady in the shop was so nice and helpful. Be sure to check her out if you ever find yourself in Bude.
We made our way back to the car park and returned to the Farmhouse, where we spent the rest of the day chilling out and had a huge curry feast for our dinner, in fact it would be very boring if I documented Sunday as well because we pretty much did the same thing. It was nice to just go away and not have to rush about here there and everywhere, so Sunday was spent chilling out, playing games, eating and hot tubbing. We also made a huge roast for late lunch and sadly said goodbye to Tom and Laura shortly after as they had to get back for work the next day.
Monday soon came around and it was time to pack up and leave behind our amazing weekend. It a weekend we will not forget in a hurry and will look back at with very fond memories. I am still amazed at Ash’s proposal and I think Ellen was still in a bit of shock when we got back. All in all it was a fab way to spend Ellen’s birthday weekend and I am glad we got to spend it with some of our nearest and dearest.
Thanks for an amazing time guys 🙂 and HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Ash & Ellen x