Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Birthday weekend!!

I am back from my birthday weekend and its back to reality!!

Friday was a lovely day, visits from friends and a lovely family meal. I had some REALLY lovely presents and felt very SPOILT!!

Some lovely shabby chicness from Sarah and Dean

They also got me the much wanted union jack doormat.

Two lovely cookbooks from Jim and Val and a pretty hat box and fifties scarves from Mamma and ColCol.

I also had some vintage deckchairs from Auntie Alison. They belonged to my mamma so they will be treasured.

I had some gorgeous fabric from my sister Rae. Not sure what im going to make with it yet but probably some bunting for the kitchen..... with my new sewing machine that mum and dad got me as a joint birthday / xmas pressie!!!
I am a very lucky spoilt girl!!

My present from CB was a night away in one of my favourite places. Uppingham. A small town near to Rutland Water.

We stayed in a fantastic hotel called the Lake Isle. Its on the main street surrounded by lovely antique shops. Opposite there is an interior shop that sells Cath Kidston and Emma Bridgewater and a bit of greengate!! Can you imagine the joy!! It was short lived however as the shop was closed for the duration of our stay!

(I have borrowed this photo from the website and cant seem to get rid of the corks and food!!!)

Here is the link to the hotel http://www.lakeisle.co.uk/ If ever you get the chance to go please do its FANTASTIC!!

We arrived Saturday evening and were shown to our room. It was a kind of cottage. A small beamed sitting room, a winding staircase and upstairs a cosy bedroom and bathroom. Much nicer than staying in the usual run of the mill hotels. It had that quirky feel to it which i like.

I drank champagne in the lounge of our room whilst CB enjoyed the complimentary decanter of Brandy. We then hit the town! We had a lovely meal, i had duck and CB had the Guinea Fowl. It was delicious food. I particularly enjoyed the people watching and designer handbag spotting!! There was an abundance of reunions going on too. There is quite a famous boarding school in uppingham, Stephen Fry and Rick Stein are just a couple of very privileged celebrities to have studied there. The fees are about £90,000 per year plus other expenses so im sure you can imagine the type of people that were meeting up with their teenagers who are boarding at the school!!! It made for very interesting listening indeed!! We visited a number of bars and we thoroughly enjoyed being childfree for a night out.

Sunday we enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the hotel then headed off. We of course had to drive through the next village, Riddlington, where CB lived as a child. I was once again was taken on the obligatory drive past their house, the lane, the field they used to ride in etc etc!!

We then stopped off at the Car boot sale at Melton Mowbray on the way home.

CB treated me to some lovely goodies. TG Green, Midwinter Domino plate, Fifties handkerchief bowl, fifties tin, floral jug, and a poole side dish. The hankie bowl has been on my wishlist for an age, one was also featured in this months homes and antiques magazine.

I have had one of the best birthdays ever. Thanks to everyone for my pressies and thanks to CB for taking me to one of my favourite places!

I had a fantastic time.

Oooh before i forget i must show you a house that was for sale that i liked. 2 doors down from the lovely interiors shop and 3 doors away from the antiques centre. I looked through the windows and ooohhhed and aaahhhhed for quite sometime. It was for sale too!! Must be quite cheap i said to CB as it was on the high street. He laughed! On the way home driving past i asked CB to stop to let me take this photo. Not the best as we had to hold up the traffic

An check on the estate agents website later................ the price............. sadly not in my price range!!!!!

Happy thrifting!!! x x


thriftymrs said...

Looks like you have a lovely time! You lucky thing.
Happy birthday.

Lucy Bloom said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sounds like a great place to visit! I love your car boot purchases - I would have bought all those too!

MaryPoppins said...

Gorgeous fifties Girl, I love the house and your beutiful pretties :)

Glad you had a wonderful little holiday


Josie-Mary said...

Thanks for your comment. Looks like you had a good birthday. Love your boot sale finds.... I've been looking for one of those plates for years :)

The Vintage Kitten said...

Happy belated Birthday. It seems you had a brilliant time, and the meal sounds divine, I love duck (Ive never tried guinea fowl). The house is gorgeous and close to an antiques centre too, maybe just aswell it was expensive as I bet you would spend every penny in there (I would if I had the money). Id love to have gone to boarding school but that could be down to reading Malory Towers and St Clares over and over. I did ask my parents but they said no! LOL! By the way the shelving request went well (just a slight roll of the eyes!!!)but as Mr K was suggesting curved sides??? I think he is quite enthusiastic LOL! X

Jen said...

Charlie from Busted and Harry from McFly both went to Uppingham. The things you learn when you have a teenage daughter eh?! Love your blog :)

Deanna said...

Hi there! I'm Deanna from Timeless Things and I hopped on over here from Vintage Kitten's blog. I really enjoyed looking at your blog. I couldn't find your name anywhere in any of the comments but I would like to add you to my fave's list. I'd like to come back later today and read your blog.

Well, I'm off to work. Have a great day!

Deanna :)

MaryPoppins said...

You have an award :)