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Monday, 10 June 2013

My 40th



Above is what waited for me outside our home on the eve of my birthday.  Cards, a lovely planted box of plants and flowers.
 



The house decorated with banners.

I was told to book a couple of days off work but with no clue as to why.  On my birthday morning, opening my presents while having breakfast in bed.


These gorgous earrings from my OH, so lovely and what a surprise.

I was told to pack a bag, to include a swimming cozzie and wellies - kinky my mate said when I told her!

With the bag packed we set off.  Wearing my badge of course.


I had no idea where we were going and just took instructions from my OH.  We drove towards Harrogate so I thought I bet we are staying here but no we carried on.  It wasn't until I saw signs for Bolton Abbey I thought no, how could he have guessed, it must be somewhere else until his last instruction turn right and we pulled into the Devonshire Arms car park.  Now on my life list I want to visit a Michelin starred restuarnt.  I had googled the nearest one to us and it was this place.  I never spoke to anyone about it as I thought is is something to save for in the future.  My OH had listened to my waffling on about Michelin stars and choose here. 


 
 
 
The whole stay from start to finish was amazing.  We had lunch, walked in the grounds, swam, read and had the most incredible dinner.  I had pink champagne.  The food was fancy and we had things we hadn't even heard of.  It was the whole dinning experiance, from the way each course was served to all the different flavors and textures.  Even the cheese and biscuits were special.  Dessert was a cake.
 
 
Even though it was February it was a nice day, not like some of my birthdays when I was little when parties had to be cancelled due to snow (we lived two miles from a main road down a farm track so use to get snowed in). 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

I felt like a princess and so lucky. I can honestly say I didn't stop smiling from the moment I woke up until I crashed out at the end of the day. 

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Last Sunday...

I did the Race for Life.

I walked fast and it took me longer than I'd hoped but the atmosphere was incredible.  People joining together for a cause.  There were all ages and abilities there, as well as lots of dressed up dogs!  I find reading the messages people had on their backs very emotional.


I look like a beetroot!

In the afternoon I had a massage and facial that my friend had given me for my 40th.  I was so relaxed I fell asleep in the garden when I came home.  A great end to a great day.

 

Nights Out

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This week due to the good weather we had a couple of spontaneous nights out.

On Tuesday we went to the sea side after work. Had fish and chips, walked on the beach and finished with an icecream.



A couple of nights later we decided to go for a picnic.  We were already having soup and sandwiches for dinner so packed them into a bag and drove to Castle Howard.  We sat in the car, enjoying the view while munching on our butties. 


After we finished we walked round the lake.



A family of ducks had bedded down for the night in the middle of the path, we tried not to disturb them as we walked past.

 
 

Before heading back to the car as the sun was setting.


We really enjoyed just doing something different, rather than just sitting in and both evenings didn't cost much.