The girls were off to guide camp, so after a couple of decent restaurant meals, we headed off to Wales for a few days.
We stayed at a fabulous self catering place - The Gwalia - not far from Ruthin. It's tucked away now narrow single-track roads, but it's a great place to relax and unwind once you've got there.
We didn't just sit back, though.
One afternoon we went Quad Biking. Just tore around a muddy field on a quad bike for an hour.
Then a couple of mornings White Water Rafting and Gorge Walking. I'm probably getting a bit old for this lark - or, rather, my gammy knees and bad arm are, despite my mental willingness.
Then on the last morning Melanie went off to have a pamper session at a local hotel and spa while I had a ride on the Llangollen Railway.