• Nicola McCabe

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What's your favourite topic of conversation in or around the hot tub?


It just came to me the other evening, when we were lazing in the tub before getting ready to go to bed. Both relaxing after a hard day gardening and renovating, and I don't think we had spoken for at least half an hour. It wasn't that we had nothing to say, it was because we had been working hard all day, and this was time to relax and reflect on what we had done. And I started wondering what do other people talk about when they are in the hot tub, or sat in the garden? Do you talk 'shop', plan a few days out, or just sit quietly and take in the scenery?


Leave your worries on the step


I find the hot tub is the one place where I can literally leave all my worries on the first step. We have an unwritten rule which is that the hot tub is a stress-free zone. So we never talk business, even if there is a long list of things to do. We either relax and reflect, or laugh and chat. Sometimes, depending on what time of day it is, we might talk about the birds we can hear and see in the garden. Or whether we will see a deer watching us from the woods - probably wondering why on earth those humans are sitting in a watering hole? When we have discussed the garden, got another drink and put the world to right, then it's time not to talk. We're warm, comfortable and listening to our surroundings, or gazing up at the stars. Time to take a long, deep breath, relax and meditate.


Dream come true


Since the start of the pandemic, talk about our family has been a common topic. When we moved to France, buying the hot tub wasn't only our dream, but also a family one. So when we eventually bought the Burford Deluxe it was a family dream had come true. In fact I'm sure it was at number 1 on the kids' holiday home wish list. So nowadays, even though they are hundreds of kilometres away in the UK, when I'm in the hot tub I can actually feel close to them. One day soon, when they can come and visit us again, I'll probably be wishing we had upgraded to the 9 seater Winchcombe tub! I'm thinking about it even more at the minute, not just for family and friend summer reunions, but for stretching out completely by myself. I never realised gardening was such back-breaking work, but a long soak in the tub works wonders for my aches and pains.


Conversation starters


I don't know about you but I'm also looking forward to being able to invite friends around again, and start being a bit more sociable. It'll be interesting to find out what everyone has been up to, and how they have coped during the lockdowns. But what if we run out of chit-chat? What then? You know me, I like to be prepared so I have actually looked up 'conversation starters'. I must admit though, some of the questions they suggested were more like things you'd ask on a first date. I'm going to avoid those in case you get the wrong impression. But I did find a couple of non-controversial topics and ideas, that I think could spark some great conversations. Check out the list below, and tell me what you think.


Music, movies and food - What music did you like when you were younger? What’s your favourite movie of all time? What the weirdest food you have ever eaten?


Hobbies - Have you got any hobbies? If so, how long have you been doing them? Did you have any hobbies as a child?


'Would you rather' questions - here are a couple of examples for you. Would you rather always be 10 minutes late, or always be 20 minutes early? Would you rather be able to talk to land animals, animals that fly, or animals that live under the water? And what would you talk about?


Hypothetical questions - I like these a lot because you could come up with some really weird and wonderful things. For example, if you could only eat the same three meals every day, what would you choose for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

That question could keep the conversation going all day and all night, because I've been thinking about it for ages and I keep changing my mind.


Food for thought


I hope I've given you a couple of ideas on how to keep the conversation flowing when you are sitting in your hot tub, or when you have people round for a few drinks. It's certainly made me think and write a mental note of some topics and questions. You know what I'm going to ask now though, don't you? What do you prefer to do when you are sharing your hot tub - quietly relax and reflect, or busily chat and laugh?


Ask us a question


If there is anything you want to ask us about owning a hot tub, hosting an event or something completely different, you can call or email us directly. We'll get back to you as soon as we can. I'm really looking forward to hearing your 'conversation starter' questions and answers too. Have a great weekend. Happy hot tubbing!


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