Sunday, March 18

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It's amazing how easy it is to get away. This particular group of friends and I did it a (pretty unbelievable) three years ago in The Cotswolds and have been gagging to do the same again at some point despite making the usual promises of making it a yearly tradition. It's not like there's a scarcity of places to visit, after all.

This time around we went for a little village in Norfolk called Blo' Norton. Exotic and distant as it sounds, it was actually less than two hours away so was literally an even quicker win that we could have hoped for.

We were staying in the Blo' Norton Hall Barns, which is exactly that - a barn, except done up Grand Designs style. It was pretty impressive with its large glass front wall, large through lounge taking up the whole of the bottom floor and numerous mod-cons. And as has become a regular occurrence in these places, it even had a bunk bed. Woo!

And to be honest that's all I really have to say about Blo' Norton. Between the weather and the location there wasn't really much to do except relax, unwind and doss; yes there is the village and nearby town of Diss to explore and other activities like horse riding and the clay pigeon shooting we spent an hour doing, but I think our best times were had on the sofas exchanging banter and debating various time-wasting topics. Oh and of course a trip like this wouldn't be complete without some poo-talking late night poker action. I'm telling you: if you want to see what a girl is really like, teach her poker.

As much as it makes me cringe, this was as much a modern retreat as it sounds. But you know what? I had so much fun I don't really care - if anything I feel like we missed out for taking so long to arrange the second outing. Till next year, I suppose.

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