August 14, 2013

In Rehab - Part 1

So I had a bit of a failure-to-cope. It's been a pretty rough year, what with the kitten falling off the balcony, and becoming a single mum (er, me, that is. Not the kitten). I was exhausted and overwhelmed and needing to go somewhere to rest and recuperate.

I have previously been to Lilianfels in the Blue Mountains and loved it so much I decided to contact the manager and offer my firstborn in exchange for accommodation. He politely declined my offer, but he did very kindly cut me a deal in return for some Instagrams of my kitten and a promise of eternal gratitude.

REHAB Lilianfels


I decided to go away by myself, as I needed the solitude. Besides, I planned to spend the entire time in the bath, which would make conversation with a friend difficult, or at least rather more intimate than I desired.

I got packed, said a cheery goodbye to the kids and a tearful goodbye to the kitten, and hit the road. Sadly, it did not take long for the trip to take a bad turn. I was sailing down the Great Western Highway singing along to the radio, when I heard a noise, and realised with a terrible shock that a police car with sirens blaring was tailing me.

YES! It was BEHIND ME!!!!

"Oh god, I'm done," I thought. "It's over. They've got me." But then I realised with an even greater shock that I hadn't actually done anything wrong. I pulled over to the left and the police car raced around me.

Clearly, my nerves were a little on edge.

I arrived in the Blue Mountains somewhat frazzled, and decided to have lunch at Leura Gourmet before checking into Lilianfels. I sat in a sunny corner of the restaurant and ate a bowl of pumpkin soup with a crusty bread roll, both of which were absolutely delicious. Still, despite the bowl being as large as my head, I decided I wasn't quite full enough, and so I ordered a rhubarb and apple crumble the size of my torso (although, obviously, a slightly different shape).

I wobbled towards the counter to pay and the friendly cashier took my money. "I'm busting!" I told her dramatically, and she looked at me oddly. It wasn't until I was back in my car that I realised I'd given her the impression that I'd needed to wee, when I'd actually been trying to tell her that I was full.

Clearly, my nerves were still not quite settled.

I continued driving, and soon pulled into the the beautiful grounds of Lilianfels Resort and Spa. I was so excited to be away and on my own that I nearly wept as I checked in.

"I made you two keys," said the lovely Sue at reception. "I know you're staying alone, but I thought... you know... just in case..."

I figured that the chances of me picking up a man were somewhat remote, given that I didn't plan to leave the bath, let alone the resort. Still, it was greatly appreciated .

And then I went up to my room, which looked very much like this. Actually, it looked exactly like this, because it was my room.

LOOK! Someone else made the bed!!!!!!

Also, it had this:

...which I totally would have used if I did any work which I TOTALLY DIDN'T!!!


So I climbed into bed, and the rehab began. But more, much more, was in store.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Note: This is not a sponsored post. I stayed as a guest of Lilianfels at my own request.

61 comments:

  1. This is not a sponsored comment, but I've stayed at Lilianfels a few times too... it's a nice place to stay... :)


    Good choice Kerri!

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  2. I live alone, but can still appreciate the notion of going 'elsewhere' to recover. Can't wait to read more.

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  3. Last time I stayed anywhere by myself was.... nope, not going back there!!! I think your choice of venue is far more... everthing....than mine was :)

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  4. Oh I hope you got out of it what you need. I think I need a Lilianfels in my life too. Look forward to reading about what happened next (and the second key, da-da-da-DAAA) xxx

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  5. Are you going to Problogger this year? If so I shall stroke you lovingly when I see you there. And not ignore you like we did last time in the elevator.

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  6. Ah.... when your bloggy crush ignores you in an elevator..... I'm still recovering....
    No, sadly, not this year. But we SHALL meet again xxxx

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  7. PMSL. Did anyone score the key? STAY TUNED!!!

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  8. And this is not a sponsored reply, but isn't it just? x

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  9. Oh my gosh. HOW freaking ace. Totes jelly.

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  10. Well it definitely wasn't ME. :(

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  11. I was only looking at your blog yesterday wondering where you were. So glad to here you were taking some time out. Looking forward to part two and your nerves settling. Take care lovely xxxx

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  12. You became a single mother?!!!! When did this happen? I had no idea, I thought I'd only recently read a post where you were talking abt the hubby. Looks like I have lots of catching up to do. Sending my best wishes to you and hope you're ok xxx

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  13. Kitty Instagrams can get you all sorts of good deals.

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  14. This is weird. I was just sitting in the bath this morning thinking about you. Okay - that sounds weird now......

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  15. What_Sarah_Did_NextAugust 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    *BIG hugs* Man, I have missed a LOT about what's been happening in your life, doll. All I can say is thank God Penelope is okay, and I'm happy to hear Lilianfels could help you out in your time of need. Sending you lots of love xxxx

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  16. Kisses and hugs love xxx

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  17. How funny - I went there about three weeks ago for an anniversary and it was the best rehab ever. The towelling dressing gowns are the best!

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  18. I've obviously missed heaps in your life story too. Sorry to hear about the Single Mother bit, but pleased to hear you did the R&R. Need me some of that. Big hugs. Stay strong lady, and lean on that cracking sense of humour you have. Vix x

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  19. Wow! This place looks amazing. I can't wait to hear more of your adventures. That is of course assuming you did actually get out of the bath...

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  20. I won't even ask if that second key was used..... :-D

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  21. I always feel guilty when I hear police sirens too :) I'm totally jealous, yet TOTALLY pleased that you've had this well earned break. i just hope it wasn't the over zealous Offspringers that tipped you over the edge. Can't wait to read Part 2...

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  22. You know hon, it didn't help!!! But I was pretty much on the edge anyway.... xxxx

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  23. But you WILL tune in to read part 2, right????

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  24. Ah! You'll have to wait and see....

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  25. Thank you love. Really appreciated x

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  26. AREN'T THEY??? I will be wearing mine in Part 2....

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  27. Thanks Sarah. Yep. Been a big year x

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  28. Actually, I kind of like the way that sounds... *winks seductively* xxxx

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  29. Yeah. Big, rough year for me. Thanks so much hon xxx

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  30. Losing loved ones and finding one has failed in marriage is really tough. Life changes completely, but pampering yourself every once in a while helps to keep it going. Be patient with yourself. It will all be better... at some point in time, in the meantime make it count with the little moments. Big kiss, hon!
    A girl whose been there, too!

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  31. Looks like exactly what every woman needs - time alone in a bath with an option of a spare key ;). My own version of a Blue Mountains getaway is happening this Friday, on my sister's Katoomba couch after sharing a bottle of vodka with her.
    p.s. how can I get a sponsored post of a five star Sydney hotel? any tips?

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  32. I've been going through a lot of the same last year and a half, sans kitty balcony falls (which is a good thing since I live on the 3rd floor!). Can totally relate, although any breakaway still has me wracked with guilt. Waiting with baited breath for part II. Hang in there, we'll get through it :)

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  33. It looks amazing. Enjoy your stay. xo

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  34. Clearly I missed the news of your separation. Sending all kinds of vibes about positive steps away from anxiety. Or at least as many as I can spare! ;-)!!

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  35. I hope you bathed until your skin fell off and have come back better able to deal with reality. Looks amazing I hear Simon Baker visits there often lol Yolanda

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  36. Ha! Maybe he arrives in Part 2.....?!?!?!?!

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  37. Aw... YES WE WILL! Love to you Sylva x

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  38. Oh! You have a sister in Katoomba? LUCKY YOU! (And I wasn't paid for this post, but good luck!!!)

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  39. Hanging out for Part 2 then lol ... fun times.

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  40. Kathy www.yinyangmother.comAugust 15, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Good on you Kerri - looking forward to hearing about the much much more and how much better you feel,

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  41. DID you go to that spa? Oh that spa, Kerri. THAT SPA.

    xxxxxx

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  42. Lilianfels is one of our best mountain getaways! Just sitting in front of that open fire, cocktail in hand and gazing from the window at the beautiful gardens is magic...hope I'm not pre-empting Part 2!?

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  43. Honey, your site is BOOKMARKED !

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  44. Kerri, hope you got a freebie there, this is the start of your new career as a travel writer! I've done a fair bit, and am starting to travel write again, and it's the biggest lurk! Honestly you have to do this now permanently, such a great gig. xxxxxxx

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  45. Um any hospitality people on here, I mean "lurk" in the most professional manner, truly.

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  46. Thank you!! Loooong story, but all so much better now. Enjoy your time away... That bed, O.M.G lol. I'd loooove to have bed that big to myself, oh wait, I do... xxxx

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  47. I love Katoomba!
    xxx

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