An aghast Cathedral and other adventures.

A Perfect Moment: Feet in socks on the dashboard, window open, wind-blown hair stuck to lips, blue sky mottled with cotton wool fluff, music blaring. A road on top of the world peers down on the patchwork delights of Dorset green and the sea beyond.


Nice socks.

I am in the front of the car, a rare treat as journeys with children require me to reside in the back, muslins at the ready to catch the inevitable vomit from a travel sick prone toddler. But not today, today we are a couple not a family, we have a precious 24 hour window of just us-ness.

I got us lost, my map blindness leading us a merry dance in the wrong direction, and then we circled our destination in one way hell. Frustration was relieved by the sudden appearance of a landmark remembered from the hastily read directions, and we are there.

Our hotel room has an enormous window overlooking the cathedral. It is a lovely, quirky room with a gorgeous roll topped bath tucked to one side. They have left a welcome card complete with birthday wishes, a nice touch which is appreciated.

exeter cathedral

Gorgeous view from our hotel – Abode Exeter

We stumble out to explore a new town, finding a record store to pass half an hour flicking through vinyl nostalgia. A stroll by the river, then back to town where we eat pizzas in peace, no rushing to forestall boredom of small people, no haste driven indigestion.

A walk through the streets leads to us spying a young punk in full plumage loitering outside an arts centre. We can hear the distant sound of live music so invite ourselves to investigate, and take in the homemade t-shirts of a band having noisy fun.

Then down an alley, and down, down stairs to an underground bar wallpapered with the singles of our youth. It suits us, we feel at home , drinks are consumed and future plans imagined and hoped for.

Back to our hotel where alcohol loosened eyes see a face in the grand cathedral. It is aghast. It is still aghast in the morning, we cannot undiscover its emotional state now we have seen it. I am sure it wasn’t us who upset it’s delicate temperament.

aghast cathedral

‘I am frankly aghast’

Waking too early with no need, I snooze through a burble of radio 4 until the need for coffee and painkillers outweighs the desire to stay lying down.

A browse in a bookshop, then a hunt for a gallery to see whether art seen only on a screen is as captivating in reality, and it is so much more so, textures and vibrancy that no LCD can replicate properly. I will own one, but which? I need to ponder and visit again before plucking one to be looked at daily for many years.

The beautiful works of Yvonne Coomber

The beautiful works of Yvonne Coomber

The drive home quieter, the back seat loaded with the days purchases of books and crumbly fudge, gifts that demonstrate to the children that we were still thinking of them while paradoxically enjoying them not being there. Then finally, key in door, stairs climbed, back to the faces of my small (and big) people. I missed them, it is good to be home, but it was oh so good to have twenty-four hours of being two people in love without the labels of Mummy and Daddy in tow.

How was your weekend?

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. July 14, 2014 / 10:16 am

    That sounds pretty much perfect. Why is it that we always wake so early when we don’t need to though?? Love that artist’s work as well – beautiful stuff! πŸ™‚
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  2. July 14, 2014 / 10:26 am

    You see I like to drive like that too, shoes off, feet on the dashboard, but Simon gets all stressed out about it and worries I won’t get to the break pedal in time!
    Glad you had fun! – this is the bit of the empty nest that is keeping me going – the chance to do things just as a couple!
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  3. July 14, 2014 / 11:50 am

    Laughing! I always see faces everywhere too, and that’s a particularly good one. Paintings look absolutely beautiful, I love them – which one did you end up with?

  4. July 14, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Mine was spent battling brambles then driving to Essex for a tax emergency…I think I would have preferred going to Exeter! x
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  5. July 14, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    I’ll have to go back to Exeter again some time. The only time I have visited there it poured down all day and the cathedral was closed! It must be nice to have some time to yourselves.
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  6. July 14, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    Sounds like the perfect weekend!

    When I was little I used to see faces everywhere, I’d terrify myself seeing people looking at me from the wallpaper and the wood grain on the wardrobe!
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  7. July 14, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    I love, love, love those paintings, but I think I’ve already told you on Instagram πŸ˜‰ Sounds like you had the perfect couple day and that cathedral, don’t you think it’s the wine seeing faces?
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  8. July 14, 2014 / 9:52 pm

    I see a different face, eyebrows crumpled up in anger. I often see faces in the curtains, I don’t sleep much πŸ˜‰
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  9. July 14, 2014 / 10:51 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely day! Taking a day off and making a trip just for fun is so good to do from time to time!

  10. July 15, 2014 / 8:16 am

    Sounds and looks like a fantastic weekend away. I too see faces everywhere and the hubby thinks ive lost the plot on many occasions. So pleased your mini break was so lovely xxx

  11. July 15, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    Awww its so nice to be able to reconnect and spend time together without the kids and it sounds like you had a lovely day. Am in LOVE with those paintings, just beautiful and perfect for this time of year. xxx
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  12. July 15, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    What a great sounding break – love the hotel overlooking the cathedral. Lucky you!

  13. July 16, 2014 / 12:30 am

    24 hours of two people in love sounds super. I stared at the “face” on the cathedral for a long time trying to make it out.. Aghast indeed.
    I always sit in the back with Aaron. Started because of muslin like you say and now I still do it 4 years later.
    Lately I have had a few times in the front when we’re alone, like today funnily enough, and I also put my feet on the dashboard.
    Great post x
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  14. July 16, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    It all sounds wonderful and I can’t wait until the hubby and I can take some time alone together. We used to go away for a week, every year, just the 2 of us but we haven’t been for a couple of years. Hopefully next year will be our year because it’ll be our 10th wedding anniversary πŸ™‚
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  15. July 16, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful break…….would love 24 hours of us time! Happy Birthday BTW
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  16. July 17, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    This sounds lovely. I’m glad that you enjoyed your time as a couple.

  17. July 18, 2014 / 10:50 am

    Sounds like a wonderful break. It’s amazing how things look so different at night
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