On Saturday 3rd January 2015 I celebrated my 29th birthday so we went up to London for lunch at Balthazar (just off Covent Garden) and a mooch around Liberty. As it’s the first Saturday of the month it tied in nicely with Emma and Michelle’s #1day12pics series, so a golden opportunity to practice my photography and capture the day.
You can find out more about #1day12pics over here – the idea is to take a picture each hour, for 12 hours and share them on Instagram, Twitter etc. using the hashtag. You’ll see below that I haven’t completely stuck to that, but it gives you a feel for what my day looked like.
So the day started with a cup of tea and some cards and presents. I may have woken my sister up early so she could watch me open my presents – sorry Ali! My presents included a coat (see below) and a fox dress (see below again!). After that it was time to get ready to go up to London…
It was raining! All day! After missing one train and then because of engineering works at Wimbledon arriving late into Waterloo, we decided to jump in a taxi to Covent Garden. That felt like a real treat.
The birthday celebrations began! I’d wanted to go to Balthazar since it opened in London a couple of years ago and I wasn’t disappointed! As soon as we sat down the waitress complimented me on my fox dress and wished me a happy birthday. We ordered wine and bread to get us started…
…before ordering some delicious red wine and steak for lunch! I felt really spoilt and the staff couldn’t have done anymore for us. They helped us pick what to order and really made us feel welcome and comfortable. Our food was also amazing. So tasty, I didn’t want it to end!
And then I was sung happy birthday to and given a plate of tasty French pastries. My favourite? The lemon meringue (on the right). I shared with Stu and he loved the marshmallow.
After lunch I couldn’t resist having my photo taken outside the Cambridge Satchel Company shop, with my brand new Cambridge Satchel in tow.
As it’d stopped raining we opted to walk from Covent Garden to Liberty; even though Christmas has passed it was still nice to see all the lights as we walked down Regent Street.
Liberty! OK, not an amazing shot, but you get the drift. It was nice to mooch around, though going with a boy may not have been the best idea in the world!
A big thank you to everyone from their birthday wishes and thank you to my family and friends for all my lovely presents and cards – it made my birthday weekend very special.