I bet John Lennon´s "Starting over" is a favourite song of all parents of young children. It has to be.
We followed the sage advice of the song and took off alone, took a trip somewhere which, while not actually far far away, feels like it; Guadalajara. Wonderful place, with many unspoilt villages, rocky canyons full of birds, and plenty of hilltops for picnicking. The thermometer may say it´s very cold, but you can sit in the sun for hours, sketching, drinking and eating, or dozing off. Thank God for amiable grandparents and sisters who stay with the babies.
And the food? I feel it has to match the landscape, not only in spirit but in colour, so I recommend a trip to the market beforehand, where it´s easy to stock up on breadsticks, cheese, salchichón, olives, grapes, apples and, of course wine.