Picture this..

Swaram had tagged me to share my favourite photograph.. Well, this is one of my favourites.. from one of my favourite trips..


It was the spring of 2007 and daughter had just started to walk. We were both working at that point in time and had very little time to just relax and have fun. Husband used to travel to Europe a lot then, and I had a horribly busy job as well. So when the Easter bank holiday came up, we had nothing planned – no time for planning, you see. Also, it was daughter’s first winters and it was tough. She had been unwell, quite a lot and holidays were the last thing on our mind.

So when the Easter bank holiday came up, we realised that we had 4 days off and we could/should do something. Spring and summer time in the UK – we dread to waste weekends – that is the only time when stepping out is fun. Β Bath seemed interesting – not too far, we could easily do a day trip..so off we went. We desperately wanted a break from the routine.

Daughter had just started walking, so on the train – all she wanted to do was walk. She refused to sit still and insisted on walking, which was just not made easy by the fact that there was some football match scheduled that day in Bath and the train was packed with fans, dressed in their football club colours! It was one of the few times that I have seen such a packed train on a weekend! It was choc-a-bloc! And even that did not deter daughter from insisting that she wanted to ‘walk’!!

It was with sigh of relief that we got off the train and set off exploring Bath. I have to mention here that – daughter loves the buggy. She loves being strapped into stuff. When we bought her a tricycle – with a belt – she would get in , put on the belt and then cry, when she wanted to get off and could not get the belt off! She has some belt mania – even now πŸ™‚ But I digress.

We had a wonderful time soaking in the atmosphere of Bath. Bath is renowned for it’s hot springs and the ancient Roman Baths, and Georgian stone crescents. It has a very nice feel to it and had plenty to see, with it’s wonderfully rich heritage. I will not go into it in detail, because then I will end up posting a lot more pictures.. I simply cannot do justice just with words.

It had been some time since we had such a relaxed and wonderful day, without having to worry about work, day care or stuff like that. We saw the sights, relaxed in the beautiful park(pictured) near the river, daughter got to practise her walking in the park , and see a lot of ducks and flowers. She was at the stage where ducks and flowers could make her ecstatic! We walked around a lot -I think we covered a lot of the town that day and yet did not feel exhausted or tired, just more energized! Must have something to do with the air or the effect of the hot springs!

At the end of the day, we were almost tempted to find a hotel or a bed & breakfast and stay overnight, and would have done so if we did not have a little not-yet one year old with us.. We returned promising ourselves that we would come again – but sadly, haven’t been able to make it – yet.

Swaram, the other tag – I do remember, but no time today, so will do it another time πŸ™‚

41 thoughts on “Picture this..

  1. Bath reminds me of Jane austin’s novel…

    Funny you should say that. Jane Austen did move to Bath – with her parents, but apparently Bath did not suit her – her creativity declined.. Apparently she did start a novel while she was there but never completed it.

    */It was one of the few times that I have seen such a packed train on a weekend! It was choc-a-bloc! And even that did not deter daughter from insisting that she wanted to β€˜walk’!!/*

    kids.. when they learn to walk that is all they want to do.. explore.. and they never get tired.. πŸ™‚
    I know! And now when she is old enough to walk everywhere – she wants the buggy 😦

  2. fully agree with u..its so relaxing. the earth definitely has multiple heavens on it.. i am convinced.

    oh yes, I totally agree πŸ™‚

  3. Such a pretty place…and glad you enjoyed the beauty to ur heart’s content…put up more pics or do I need to tag u for that??

    More pics – will do that πŸ™‚

  4. The pic looks beautiful… just the kind of day you want to be out there… in the sun… !!!

    Yes, especially in country like this – this kind of a day is a luxury πŸ™‚

    the green banks also seems so lovely…

    Hriday started walking in one lovely lawn in a school when my wife was givin an interview and I and hriday were playing… !!!!
    Oh did he? Bless him! These things are so precious, aren’t they?

    u just again reminded me of something !!! πŸ™‚
    So will we get to see a post on that ? Waiting πŸ™‚

  5. Great place . But too many people . When is that place devoid of humanity ? I would like to visit it then .

    Winters, Kislay, winters! You will not find a single soul there in the winter πŸ™‚ The whole country comes out at the slightest sign of sunlight πŸ™‚

  6. Lovely photograph Smitha, made really meaningful by a wonderful story!

    Thank you:) I was browsing through photographs when all this came back, and I thought I should pen it down before I forget all about it.

  7. The place looks so beautiful. What is the name of the tree with white flowers?
    I don’t know, actually- will find out and let you know..It looks beautiful doesn’t it?

    I can imagine Poohi, walking with a beaming face! Everything is new for them and the first step is a big achievement and they want to keep on trying it. She must have been walking all over the place. God bless her, Smitha.

    Yes, walking a bit and toppling over a lot – but still not giving up πŸ™‚

    Very interesting photo and write-up.
    Thank you πŸ™‚

  8. Wow Smithus… πŸ™‚
    Brilliant pic.. looks so beautiful and the memories associated with it are equally beautiful… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Thank you Pixie πŸ™‚

  9. Thats a beautiful pic Smitha…

    Which tree is that?The one with white flowers?
    its beautiful! Sandhya has asked the same question I just saw πŸ˜€
    will still ask it though so you will find out and let us know πŸ™‚

    I will find out and let you know πŸ™‚ We always talk about finding out the name of the tree – but never got around to doing it. Will find out now that you guys are holding me down to it πŸ™‚

    The tree reminded me of cherry blossom trees in Japan.
    Yes, you are right actually!

    you know Bath reminded me of Georgette Heyer novels πŸ˜€

    She used to mention Bath all the time πŸ™‚
    Can you believe it – I never read Georgette Heyer – for some weird reason!

    lovely tag:)
    and once again a truly beautiful pic! πŸ™‚
    Thank you πŸ™‚

  10. Lovely picture..lovelier memories!

    Thank you πŸ™‚
    I know what you mean about not wanting to waste any weeknds during spring and summer!

    Yes, one has to live here to appreciate spring and summer πŸ™‚

  11. Doing this post must have taken you back to 2007 no? Thank God for that 100 MB brain of ours πŸ˜›

    Yes, it sure did πŸ™‚

    • for saving all these wonderful memories!

      Yes, and it also reminded me that I had lost a teeny weeny amount of weight from those days πŸ™‚

  12. Beautiful photograph! I’ve never experienced such nice weather in England…I hope to visit Bath one day…

    Yes, such days are rare – even in spring and summer 😦 Bath is beautiful! It is totally worth a visit!

  13. Bath seems like a lovely place.

    It certainly was πŸ™‚

    I liked your digression- you are so lucky! Ash hates to sit in her car seat or her stroller, in short hates to be strapped in. So she either walks or we have to carry her 😦

    I know – She loves belts of all sorts πŸ™‚ Even today, she would be more than happy to sit in a high chair – if she could fit it πŸ™‚ Most children don’t like belts or being strapped it – but this one is crazy – she loves it πŸ™‚

  14. beautiful snap,Smits. The place looks so lively and picturesque!

    It was very beautiful

    I could actually visualise poohimolu walking non-stop in the train with that cute-little bum twisting and shaking sideways :lol:…oh sho sho shweet…ummas to the cutie pie :

    You know – I will always miss that walk – ‘cute-little bum twisting and shaking sideways’ – it is so cute, isn’t it? Now she walks all grown up 😦

    Thank you πŸ™‚ Ummas and hugs to Deeps Aunty and NamNam too !

  15. Hey Smithu … this one looks right out of a fairy tale!!!!!! Does it really exist?

    No darling, I made it up πŸ˜‰

    I just luv ur picture posts n ur travel-stories πŸ˜‰ I felt as though I am enjoying walking in the park @ Bath. U make me wanna go there now 😦
    I could do a proper picture post of Bath then πŸ™‚ Maybe I will πŸ™‚

    So, Poohi had a gr8 time there? This one njoys outings so much na πŸ™‚

    Oh she does!!!

    • quick question: why did you stop working?

      Bunch of reasons.. My profile was too hectic. I was doing acc management, pre- sales and stuff – so it was too hectic. Too much travelling, husband was travelling too, so had to do everything myself.. It just was not working out – felt that I was not able to give a 100% anywhere. So took a sabbatical initially and then resigned last year. Plan to look for something here now.. lets see how it goes..

      • aah..so you were into sales & mktg too?

        Not completely – I was still part of delivery – my focus being business development within an existing relationship. For new relationships – I was more part of the pre-sales activity.

  16. Beautiful! The place looks so tranquil and beautiful especially the tree with the white flowers…

    What’s with the name though? Bath?

    Because of the Roman Baths there, I suppose πŸ™‚

  17. Heyy…I wrote a comment for this post. Where is it???? and I dont remember what I wrote too !! I only remember writing nice pic !! Anyway….

    No idea – it is not in the spam folder either 😦

  18. what a lovely snap smitha and white tree is awesome…
    its surely like heaven on earth

    It was quite beautiful!

    My angel is too young to walk…till now she has started responding to my smile..so thats precious moment for me πŸ™‚
    Oh she sounds lovely! Just read your letter to her – very touching πŸ™‚

  19. i want to ask same question what masood asked ” why u stopped working”

    Does it become tough for u to handle kid with job ?

    U can understand why i m curious to know this πŸ™‚

    Have emailed you in detail πŸ™‚

  20. oh you brought back so many memories. We lived in London for a short 6 month period and how I hated that place. Less said, the better. Anyways, my dh’s kaka/kaki lived in Bath and we took a weekend trip there, on the train, although it was empty(okay I am dating myself it was in 1999 and I had a 6 month old and only ONE child)

    I was blown away by the beauty of Bath especially after horrible West ham(or was it East ham cannot remember). The fresh air, the greenery.

    The kaka/kaki had a beautiful cottage with a fantastic garden, and an open outdoor dining area with grape vines coiling over a arbor. They also let my dh and I take a much need break and played with the baby and we went out for 1 hour.
    Thanks for the walk down memory lane πŸ™‚

    I can totally imagine that πŸ™‚ After East/West Ham, Bath must have been heaven πŸ™‚ From what I have heard East/West Ham is just getting worse – so it must have been much better when you were here πŸ™‚

  21. very nice picture…

    it was good to catch up with your blog after our vacation..i have finally updated mine too..

    So how was your vacation? Will hop over to your blog now πŸ™‚

  22. One look at the picture and I felt as I havent seen anything yet:(..its a dream place, now I will have to write Bath in a to see list:)

    Oh please do πŸ™‚ And when you do come to the UK – you have to visit us πŸ™‚ But I personally think that Switzerland was far far more pretty πŸ™‚ Are you back in India?

  23. The place seems beautiful. How come none of my colleagues mentioned it!!

    Bath is a great place. I am not sure how far it is from Manchester, though. We were in London when we went there.. You can also club it with Stonehenge.

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