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Booking courage

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: widowhood, travel, stubborn, holidays, happy, fear, entertainment, ego, candy, birthday

OK, so you know how I said I was going to treat myself to a wee trip for my birthday this year? The idea really came to me out of the blue. I was thinking about my birthday and realised that I couldn’t bear the thought of being alone on it yet again. At the same time, I didn’t want a party or a fuss or anything else.

So I decided that I needed to ‘run away’ for the day. I needed to make plans for myself so that I had an excuse for not doing anything else. And that’s when I remembered that there was this sweetie shop in Crieff that I’ve long wanted to visit. A few Google searches later and I started to think I could stitch a quick trip together.

At first, I wasn’t going to say anything to anyone. I was just going to be gone on my birthday. But then I started to panic. I started to get a lump in my throat at the idea of being alone on my birthday. I panicked at the idea of checking into a hotel alone and dining alone and just wandering around alone.

But I knew I needed to do it. Which led to an announcement on Facebook. And once I’d made the announcement there, I started to really come around to the idea. Which is when I told you, Dear Reader, about my plans. You see, once I say I’m going to do something, I have to do it. My ego would feel bruised otherwise. So, now I have to do it!

Here’s the plan: I’m going to take a coach from Stirling to Crieff the morning of my birthday, where I will stay at the Crieff Hydo Hotel. Once I drop my bag off at the hotel, I will wander into town to visit Gordon and Durward’s Sweet Shop. (Oh yes, I’m going to spend my birthday being a kid in a candy shop!) From there, I will head over to the Glenturret distillery for a wee whisky tour and tasting session. (I must book that tour soon!)

Then it will be back to the hotel for dinner. I haven’t decided what I’ll wear (I will dress up though) but, thanks to online menus, I have decided what I’ll eat. Yes, I’ll be having the salmon starter, a steak dinner, and the cheese plate for afters. I think I’ll get myself a little cake and one of those small bottles of bubbles for back in my room, too.

Of course, saying I’m going to do it doesn’t mean anything until I start booking my journey, right? And so, I’ve just booked my hotel. And I guess that means I’m really going to do it! Yes, I’m sure that I will panic a few times in between now and then—I might even panic when I’m there—but I will go and I will enjoy myself. After all, the Old Frances used to really enjoy solo travel. And since the New Frances is a solo person, she’d best get used to doing thing solo once again!

Comments

Love it! The only thing I would’ve done differently is booked the whiskey tour first and then the rest of the trip around it - HA!

by Helen at 8:57pm (GMT) on January 26th, 2012

The hotel was nearly booked out. In fact, there were only single occupancy rooms available when I called, so that seemed like the more important task to me! I need to think about what time I want to do the whisky tour before I book that. I don’t want to have to rush through the sweetie shop, after all!

by Just Frances at 4:05am (GMT) on January 27th, 2012

The town/village has an interesting sounding visitor’s center, too.  Some really pretty pottery in their shop and a pretty good menu, too.

by Mom at 12:10pm (GMT) on January 27th, 2012

Yeah, there does seem to be a lot of neat stuff. You can even paint your own stuff at the glass studio. I thought about doing that, but I don’t want to be rushed so will just stick to the sweeties and whisky this time.

by Just Frances at 5:58pm (GMT) on January 27th, 2012

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