CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Surrey Life today CLICK HERE

Author Adele Parks on her perfect Surrey weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:25 07 January 2011 | UPDATED: 15:49 20 February 2013

Adele Parks

Adele Parks

Best-selling novelist Adele Parks has sold over a million copies of her books in the UK alone and is published in 20 countries. She lives in Guildford with her husband Jim and eight-year-old son Conrad. Come the weekend, they like to make the most...

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine February 2009

Best-selling novelist Adele Parks has sold over a million copies of her books in the UK alone and is published in 20 countries. She lives in Guildford with her husband Jim and eight-year-old son Conrad. Come the weekend, they like to make the most of the stunning Surrey countryside

My weekend begins at 3pm on a Friday, which is - I suppose - a bit premature, but it's one of the perks of working for myself and from home.

By then, I like to have cleared my in-box and completed any tasks with deadlines so I can walk to school to pick up my son, Conrad, who is eight, and we can dawdle home together. On a Friday, we often invite a pal of his round for tea and the mood is demob happy. Once inside, it's teacakes and glasses of milk all round. My husband, Jim, usually stops working about now or an hour or so later.

That Friday feeling
Friday nights are relaxed and sometimes (if I'm lucky) romantic occasions. After Conrad's playmate has gone home and he's bathed, had some reading time and finally fallen asleep, Jim and I try to carve out some time for each other. This might be a chatty, cosy meal (usually cooked by me but it's not a strict rule) or, if we are short on energy, we'll flop and watch a DVD. Our taste in movies is wide; we like pacy thrillers, romantic comedies and compelling dramas, depending on our mood.

Swimming at the Spectrum
Saturday is taken up with kids' clubs. We're so lucky to have so much on our doorstep. Conrad goes swimming at the Spectrum in the morning and fencing in Esher in the afternoon. Jim and I either throw or attend a dinner party on Saturday evening or nip to the cinema. Most people think it's such an indulgence to pay a babysitter just to go to the movies but it's our big treat. Everyone benefits from a bit of escapism.

Devouring the papers
Our Sunday is rather old-fashioned and traditional. We like a morning walk and we're spoilt for choice as we're surrounded by stunning Surrey countryside. There are dozens of short, four to six-mile walks linking the North Downs, Surrey Hills and Wey Navigation. I have to confess, though, I'm a fair weather walker, so if it's raining I only manage to wander into Guildford town where we mooch around the castle and the High Street.

Invariably, we have a pit stop at the Garden Room where we devour the Sunday papers and Very Berry Smoothies (essential if I've had a heavy or late night and I feel I need to treat my body to some vitamins!). Then, it's home again for Sunday lunch. I eat Yorkshire puddings whenever I get an opportunity, so in our house they are likely to pop up on the plate whether it's roast chicken or roast beef.

Sunday afternoon games
In the afternoon, we play board games (if it's a good day) or video games (if I've lost control!) and we're usually comatose by the evening.

My son and husband are my favourite people on the planet and I adore weekends when we get to spend so much time together

More from Surrey Life

Fri, 10:06

We round up 10 of the most beautiful photos of Surrey shared on Instagram this week…

Read more
Thu, 11:11

This edition of Surrey Life features all the local ingredients to make this month special

Read more
Thu, 00:00

To mark the appointment of Peter Estlin, a former head boy at King Edward’s Witley, as new Lord Mayor of the City of London, Surrey Life has joined forces with the 400-pupil school to give away two tickets to the Lord Mayor’s Show on 10 November plus an overnight stay in London

Read more
Wed, 14:33

With The Great British Bake Off back on our screens the nation is falling in love with baking once again. Head pastry chef at Pennyhill Park, Sarah Frankland, tells us about what it takes to make it as a professional

Read more
Tue, 10:51

Wrap up in your favourite coat and scarf, grab your sparklers and a warming drink, and enjoy one of these fantastic firework displays taking place in Surrey for bonfire night

Read more
Tue, 10:49

Home to outstanding architecture, ambitious community projects and arts ventures that are putting these villages firmly on the map, East and West Horsley are among our county’s most desirable addresses

Read more
Tue, 10:43

Chertsey’s best-kept secret, the Great Cockcrow Railway, steamed into a half-century this year

Read more
Tue, 10:34

A taste of Korea has swept into the beautiful market town of Godalming as Bada sets out its stall with a tapas-style fusion of seafood, traditional dishes and spice

Read more
Mon, 16:06

With friendship as the central theme in Adele Parks’ new book, Zoe Richards met up with the bestselling author and her publisher, Kate Mills, to find out how these two Surrey dwellers have discovered a successful working relationship, and become firm friends too

Read more
Mon, 11:37

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Mon, 00:00

As the twilight falls, the magic begins… There’s something for everyone at Christmas at Kew – and we’re giving you the chance to win one of five family tickets for two adults and two children to the Preview Night of Christmas at Kew on Wednesday 21 November 2018

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Good table manners have long been a source of national pride but in this modern age of social media are our longstanding traditions being left behind? Rebecca Younger visits the stately Beaverbrook estate for a lesson in British etiquette

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The spookiest time of the year is fast approaching! We pick some of the best events to celebrate Halloween in Surrey

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search