Our first anniversary was spent at Bletchley Park- Home of the codebreakers. I know it doesn’t sound very exciting but to nerdy history obsessives like me and my husband (I’ve converted him) it was something we really wanted to do. The office in the picture was Alan Turing’s, it’s where he actually worked. We saw the enigma machine’s, we saw part of the thinking machine working, we learned so much more about the Polish contribution and the other great people who worked long hours, in secrecy to help stop the war. There was loads of stuff I didn’t understand, the actual maths behind it, and the works of Alan Turing that were on display were gobblydegook to me.
Then when we watched the Imitation game we used our new knowledge to impress eachother “that’s not the mansion we saw, google where that one actually is- see I told you it wasn’t the real one” etc. It just brings it all a bit more to life walking in the footsteps of giants.
We got to eat hot food with no one moaning for a wee, or a drink or “can I try some of your food” which was bliss. We didn’t go anywhere fancy, but it didn’t matter, just as long as we got to eat together and have an uninterrupted chat. Time together is not something we get much of, which is why I wanted to go away for our anniversary, instead of just going for a meal locally. We don’t blame the kids for the time they take up, but having three very demanding children at home and one who is just as needy even though she doesn’t live here, means having the odd weekend away is a big treat and something we need to recharge our batteries and reconnect. We sometimes lose ourselves in the day to day challenges and lose each other.
Its his turn to pick what we are doing next year. To be honest I don’t really care what he picks as long as he builds in a hot meal, and some cocktails! I think when you live lives like ours, priorities change. Fancy hotel, bar, pool- ah you can keep them as long as I can have a sleep and a hot meal……..maybe a pudding too!