The Fabulous Birthday Week

My birthday week in May was very busy and I planned to do as much as possible in my time off with as many close friends as I could.

Friday 20th May, Ladies night up the club…. it was promised that we would be entertained by 2 strippers and a very funny drag act. The entertainment didn’t live up to expectations but we still had a fantastic time with the prosecco flowing and cupcakes cooked by the lovely Toni.

On Saturday 21st May the familam got together for a fabulous birthday lunch.

familam lunch

Sunday 22nd May was afternoon tea in Bath day with my lovely team of guiders. Behind the spectacular Abbey is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a tiny café with all things Alice in Wonderland in it.

 

The big day…24th May…saw 5 besties getting up ridiculously early to catch the first plane of the day to Dublin. I had the crazy idea of flying to Dublin for a day trip and we needed to pack in as much as we could before the last flight home. With this in mind we jumped on the sightseeing bus with the best driver, he was so entertaining and got the entire bus to sing happy birthday to me. Our next mode of transport was a horse and cart to take in even more of the city at a more sedate pace. We certainly managed to have a fabulous sunny day in the emerald Isle for very little expense.

By Friday I thought that my celebrations for the week had come an end. We were having a film night at brownies and rainbows and I was all set to put my pyjamas on, eat popcorn with the girls while watching Cinderella.

Little did I know that my bestest bestie Jane, despite a personal tragedy 2 days before my birthday, had planned and hosted a surprise party for me. This scheming and planning had been going on without my knowledge for months by my besties and my mum.

To say that I was shocked and surprised was an understatement and it was incredibly emotional.

We had the most fabulous time dancing the night away to tunes performed by the lovely John  and I don’t think I’ll forget that party for a very long time.

 

 

Water water everywhere

At the beginning of last week my friend Jane and I needed to pay a visit to the city of Bath. We go there quite often as it’s very close to home, so we have our favourite places to go to. On arrival we were starving so we made our way to what we consider to be the best and most cosy cafe with the tastiest food, but to our bitter disappointment we discovered it was closed down.

As it was pouring down with rain we didn’t hang around for long moaning about it and we didn’t really feel like trapsing around in the foul weather, so we only made it as far as the Pump Room Restaurant. We were enticed inside by the smell of delicious food and the lovely piano playing.

The main building of the Pump room started in 1789 and was completed in 1799 and is a grade 1 listed building, the original building has been added to over the years and it is very handsome. It sits above the natural hot springs and visitors can still take the waters from the spring, the water is an acquired taste as it’s warm and smells like rotten eggs.

Adjacent to the Pump rooms are the Roman Baths, the hot springs that supply the baths were first discovered by the Celts who built a shrine at the site. The Roman Baths were probably built on the orders of Emperor Claudius and were added to and improved over the years of the occupation until the Romans packed up and moved out in the 5th century AD. The visitor site is quite big and well worth the admission fee.

If you find yourself in Bath, don’t be put off by the grand facade of the Pump Room and dismiss it as a bit posh or pretentious. The food is relatively reasonably priced and delicious. Most days there is a string quartet serenading diners and sometimes it’s the pianist who played so beautifully for us on our visit.

Bath is full of delights and I never tire of it, it’s small and perfectly formed for a charming day out.