Those of you who follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook… or I guess any of the many forms of social media I frequent, will be aware that I have not long returned from my Hen Weekend. When asked how I would like to spend my Hen Weekend I gave minimal instructions to my Bridal party:
1. I would like to sleep. For two whole nights. Without being woken up.
2. I would like to drink bubbles.
3. I would like to go horse riding.
My wishes were granted.
On Friday evening I was picked up by my Bridesmaid, and taken to a secret location in the middle of the Sussex countryside. My amazing Bridal party had rented a beautiful converted byre for the weekend; complete with it’s own croquet lawn and unspoilt rolling hills. We arrived first, and were shortly joined by my Bridesman and two close friends. After squealing with delight, and fawning over my room for the weekend (a whole double bed to myself, ensuite and BEAMS) we settled down with wine for a catch-up and dinner. Copious amounts of laughter ensued. My Bridesman almost stood on a fox.
We were up early on the Saturday for horse riding in Polegate. Only three of us were riding, and we took to the surrounding woods for a trot and canter. Horse riding is the only environment in which I truly feel relaxed; my mind goes blank and I feel at peace – a very rare experience!
I encountered the beginning of a hangover once I’d dismounted, so I was quite pleased to get back to the byre for paracetamol and coca cola! The Team put on an amazing lunch spread, and a couple of friends (who couldn’t make it for the whole weekend) drove up to join us in a game of croquet and a glass (or five) of Pimms. It was truly perfect.
The five of us then spent the evening making our way through bottles of bubbles, and playing Trivial Pursuit – circa 1983. This proved most entertaining! We then discovered a hilarious iPhone app called “Heads Up” (an electronic version of the post-it note game) which resulted in us crying with laughter until gone 1am!
I had a lie in until 10am on Sunday (oh joyful sleep), and then a leisurely get-up and breakfast before packing up all of our belongings and heading to the beautiful village of Alfriston for a delicious afternoon tea.
I had the most perfect weekend with a wonderful group of friends. I felt incredibly loved and lucky to know such lovely people. I couldn’t ask for a better Bridesmaid and Bridesman! Thank you guys – what a beautiful way to say farewell to my life as a “Miss”.
Best of all? There wasn’t an inflatable willy in sight!