Hello and a very happy Monday to you! Today is my birthday so there are lots of marvellous goings on – giving me the perfect excuse to link up with the glowing Katie’s MIMM party as I have done almost every week since it began!
I hope you’ve all had a brilliant weekend and if in the UK, enjoyed the very brief sunshine. I actually felt warm for a few moments, which was a huge treat.
Here’s how I made the most of it:
As I mentioned previously, James’s sister got married on Saturday! His family has spent so long organising it and I have to say it totally paid off. The whole day was touching, sweet and just perfect.
I was a terrible blogger but a good girlfriend – meaning I spent the day rushing round meeting (and re-meeting in some cases) James’s extended family. This resulted in a sore voice from lots of talking and few pictures. There were lots of pictures taken though and I’m hoping to share them at a later date.
James’s mum did all the flowers for the wedding and did such a beautiful job. Their home was full of lots of leftovers, which she put into little arrangements, and these were in the room we stayed in. So pretty!
The only other picture I took (!) was of the dessert – I simply couldn’t resist. My three favourite desserts in mini form on one plate. Can you get anything better?
A mini raspberry pavlova, apple crumble and single profiterole.
It was such a wonderful occasion, made even more special to me by the fact I was quids in! Matt, the groom’s uncle, asked everyone to bet on how long the speeches after dinner would take. James plumped for 12 minutes so I decided to go for 13 – and I won!! Each person had to pay £1 to enter, so I walked away with £40 almost all in pound coins. I’ve been offering to pay for everything to lighten my wallet!
I also managed to sample each flavour of wedding cake – vanilla, chocolate and fruit – more than once. Well, you have to make sure it wasn’t just a fluke slice, right? ;)
We were pretty tired when we woke at James’s house on Sunday but had to leave and get back on the road for Bristol to meet my family for lunch. All was going well until we attempted to enter our flat… and the lock broke. We were completely locked out – so frustrating and upsetting.
James was incredible and managed to arrange a locksmith so we could enjoy my birthday treat, lunch at the new River Cottage in Bristol. I was so excited to go (my visit to the original River Cottage is still a very found memory).
My camera was stuck inside our flat but I managed to use my phone to take a snap of my main – herb crusted gurnard with purple sprouting broccoli and green salad.
You can’t really see, but there was two gorgeous pieces of fish under the salad. I loved how fresh and vibrant everything tasted. The dish was ordered by my sister, stepsister and step dad too and we all have very different palates but adored each mouthful. Highly recommended!
The locksmith managed to fit a shiny new lock and we were able to get into my flat for some presents!
You know you’re a runner when…
My sister also gave me a dress for my birthday, which I saw Taylor Swift wearing in a magazine and loved. I’ve never based my look on a celebrity before but I thought it was really cute.
If you’re interested, it’s from ASOS and only £22.
My mum made a gorgeous cake with just a few candles (I think 24 was too many to fit!) and a little someone tucked in with gutso.
I know it’s not exactly my weekend but today has been quite eventful too. It started with me trying to go to work this morning..
… and finding that we were locked IN. You can imagine my delight and joy at the situation. It is all fixed now, stupid locks.
My office has a tradition where you bring in treats for your birthday so I did a little shopping to cheer myself up and picked up some delicious offerings.
Hope your weekend went brilliantly and you’re having a great Monday :)