As you will know if you follow my blog/know me, I don’t often get a day out without Martha.
Evenings are usually easier to find a dog-sitter as my mum and my aunt are often home in the evening. We also have a great dog-sitter in ‘K’ but she works in the mornings, and has a family to look after too, so we don’t like to push our luck and ask her to cover more than about 5 hours, so on Thursday when my aunt offered to have her from midday till 8pm I felt like out I was out on remand!
Seriously, not having to think, ‘Can Martha go there?’ or ‘What if we come across a ‘no-dogs-allowed’ area?’, is liberating. If you have a non-separation-anxiety-dog (or no dog at all to feel responsible for) you are super lucky!
Hence, my O.H. and I found ourselves with 8 whole hours to do exactly as we pleased so we decided on a trip to Birmingham (a great city with more canals than Venice and some very cosmopolitan areas to boot).
First stop was ‘Bills’, for lunch. Served well by our waiter, I was intrigued as to how his cheek-bone-stud stayed put! Never one to shy away from things (and often scarily tact-less, but that’s another story) my O.H. asked the question! The waiter happily told us it is called a Dermal Piercing; a small piece of flesh is cut away with a punch so that the back of the stud can be inserted under the skin, then the top is screwed on for the flesh to grow back around. Sounds horrific to me and he did admit to some pain when he catches the stud on one of those face/body scrub sponges you use in the shower. Ouch! Oh, the lunch was good… I can recommend the chicken dumpling starter!
We then mooched around the shops in the Bullring and Grand Central. My O.H bought my birthday present (it’s not for a couple of weeks but we took advantage of our day out) and I bought some new leggings and top for Pilates and a spotted navy and white dress…because it was a bargain! It’ll be nice for spring when it arrives.
My birthday gift is a pair of ‘Erica’ Raybans – I have been after these for a while as they are polarised and will certainly stop the glare of the sun when driving.
Around 5pm we strolled down to Digbeth to experience ‘Digbeth Dining’ and ‘The Custard Factory’. This is a very trendy area with all sorts of curiosities; I loved it!
Deciding we were still too full to eat again we took advantage of ‘Happy Hour’ in a Cocktail Bar/Barbers Shop. This is how I see the high street going forward and surviving and I love a bit of diversification!
My Gin, Prosecco, fresh grapefruit and fresh lemon cocktail was gorgeous; if not driving I would have had another for sure. We also could have popped into the oldest pub in Birmingham but decided we needed to get back for Martha!
A day out, no responsibilities, shopping, lunch and cocktails…what’s not to love? It’s (definitely) just a girl thing…