A hotel break! Is this the real life or just fantasy? - Fiona Duff

The Greenpark Hotel in PitlochryThe Greenpark Hotel in Pitlochry
The Greenpark Hotel in Pitlochry
Not got much time for this writing malarkey today. I’m about to go away and stay in a hotel – and yes, you read that correctly.

My poor old mother who is so bored she’d read the back of a Cornflakes packet for amusement needs to get out of her house.

Her favourite hotel is the Green Park in Pitlochry so that’s where I am heading any minute now. Sitting on the bank of the river it looks as though it is the perfect situation, although looking at the weather forecast I am not sure we’ll be sitting on one of the benches trying to spot some fish. However, someone else will be cooking my breakfast and supper and I can laze about reading books.

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So the tide definitely seems to be turning. Earlier this week I actually went to a restaurant in the evening for the first time since I don’t know when. Sitting in Howies Waterloo with a glass of wine in my hand it could almost be 2019, apart from the Perspex panels between the tables. That and having to wear a glass for a trip to the loo of course.

Next up is a trip to Northumberland at the beginning of June. My goodness, it will be like a foreign trip as I can’t remember when I last left Scotland. Well, actually there was a trip to Italy last September.

It’s great to see people out and about again and be able to meet more than one friend over a cup of tea in the park. Although in some ways I quite enjoyed my walks with a flask in my bag, timing it all so that I didn’t have to have a pee before I got home. My evening bridge sessions are going to take a bit of a hit with all this socialising and I’ll miss those friends that I hardly see in the flesh as they live all around the UK.

Still, that’s a small price to pay to be able to give a friend a hug and have a proper gossip.

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