What’s been happening this month
I got my Historic Houses Association membership in December and used it for the first time at Hever Castle. It had been on my list of places I wanted to visit for a long time so I’m glad I’ve finally ticked it off. I visited over the New Years Day bank holiday and they still had their Christmas decorations up.
We travelled to Bristol for a weekend so I took the opportunity to visit the nearby Tyntesfield. It has been a year since the Sherlock episode The Abominable Bride was filmed here so they had set up some of the rooms in the way they were used in the show.
We got our first snowfall of the winter but sadly it didn’t last for long in London. We rode out to Brentwood where there were still some patches of snow on the ground. While we were there we visited Clue HQ for our first escape room challenge. Unfortunately we didn’t escape in time, we missed it by about 10 seconds which was so disappointing! Since it was our first time and there were only two of us, I think we did pretty well. Ideally you need 3 or 4 people as there are lots of challenges to solve and an extra person or two would mean more tasks could be done concurrently.
The Winter Lights Festival was on again at Canary Wharf. I like to visit every year, there were some really impressive installations and the crowds seemed to be bigger this year. I think next year I’ll try and go on a weeknight instead of a Saturday when hopefully it will be less busy.
Looking ahead to February
We have our annual ski trip booked, this time we are heading to Val d’Isere. It’s going to be my first time there so if you have any tips on places to eat, good ski runs, etc. please let me know.
I hope you’ve had a great January! Where is February taking you?