It started with a party on the Saturday evening. We were lucky enough to have lots of local friends offering to help out and it was a real "homemade" do that everyone seemed to enjoy.
Above is me and my husband Mark and on the right is me with my brother, sister and mum.
We had a total of 18 guests for a full English brunch the next day so Mark and I were glad not to have over indulged on the booze the night before!
Monday was my actual birthday day and Mark, myself and three of my girlfriends headed of to London. That night we went to see Dirty Dancing at the theatre and it was amazing. I love going to see a show in London and this one didn't disappoint. We headed back to the hotel for a late dinner which was delicious. The next day after a spot of shopping, well a girl has to do what she is best at, we did something that I have wanted to do for years-afternoon tea at The Ritz! The opulence at The Ritz is amazing and the cakes were to die for.
The photo just doesn't do them justice. My favourite was the macaroon (pale one towards the back) which I think was filled with cream and praline and then the blackcurrant one (deep red one in the foreground) that had flecks of gold on it and a lovely creamy centre.
I'm now back to earth with a bump and 4lbs heavier at that so back to the diet and on to beads again. Just before I went away I was lucky enough to go on a course with the lovely Astrid Reidel but I'll blog about that soon when I have a sunny enough day to photograph the beads I made!