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.