I am having a staycation!
The concept of a staycation was invented a few years ago when the age of frugality began. Basically it just means you spend your holidays at home.
Due to family circumstances over the past few years I have rarely taken time off without going away. Since I started my new job I have had to work like a dog plus I get more leave than I used to but because I need to work like a dog, it's hard to find the time to take the leave. This means I have a lot of days to use up before the end of March. I also have a messy, chaotic flat that needs a great deal of time to sort out. So I am staying at home this week.
I must say so far I have really enjoyed it. I have managed to do quite a bit of sorting and cleaning but I've done other things too.
The cleaning has involved hoovering under all the furniture and sorting out my wardrobe. I've taken two big bags of stuff to the charity shop and thrown a number of things in the bin. I've also, after only 15 months, organised getting my living room window blind fixed. The man from the shop came round to take the blind down. He was a quietly spoken African man, with an accent I found hard to understand - he found mine pretty difficult too - and he was saddened and disappointed when I told him my blind came from John Lewis. He acknowledged that the fabric was excellent but the workmanship according to him left much to be desired. Anyway I had to give him a huge amount of money and he has taken the blind away to completely remake it.
Amongst the other things I've done is have long, lazy baths in the afternoon while reading poetry and the London Review of Books. (Hilary Mantel's article on Kate Middleton in the current issue of the LRB is well worth reading and available here. The response to this article in the Daily Mail and Cameron's comments on the controversy it caused are utterly depressing and make me want to leave the country.) I've baked scones and a fruit cake. I've had lunch with a friend in a proper restaurant where they bring you bread rolls on a tray. I've been to the cinema in the afternoon. I've been to a concert at the Wigmore Hall.
I have been having a lovely time although the weather could be better and the room service is frankly hopeless. Overall I can highly recommend staycations although one of the things I've found time to do is book a long weekend in Florence next month. I think one staycation a year is quite enough.