Well, I’ve done it – I’ve made it to my half century!
I still can’t get used to thinking of myself as 50, but it’s just a number after all, and I’m feeling good! And thank you so much to everyone who sent cards and gifts to QVC, messaged me on Twitter and replied to my birthday competition blog – so many lovely wishes and kind comments, you are all so nice and I appreciate each and every one of you so much.
Phase one of my celebrations was a fabulous evening at one of my favourite country hotels, Cowley Manor just outside Cheltenham. It was our friend David’s 50th birthday a few days before mine so we decided to hold a joint dinner with some of our local Gloucestershire friends. It was a beautiful sunny evening, so we were able to have drinks on the terrace overlooking the gorgeous grounds before we sat down to eat, which was glorious.
Here’s a couple of photos: one of me (in a Biba dress) with hubby and one of me after I’d done my hair with my new Ego curling wand, which I’ve become a bit obsessed with! We had such a wonderful evening – I took some balloons home afterwards to play with (you see, I really haven’t grown up at all, have I?!).
Phase two was, of course, my trip to New York. Hubby and I went for just three nights, two full days, but managed to cram so much in. I tend to prefer to go to new places for most holidays, but New York is my favourite city in the world so when I decided to go abroad for my birthday, it was the obvious choice. I used to go there a lot for work during my news reporter days, and over the years I’ve done most of the touristy things, but there’s always something new.
This time, we went to the amazing Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum, which is based on an aircraft carrier in the river. Being a bit of a space nerd, I was thrilled to see NASA’s first space shuttle, Enterprise, there and to be able to tour a Cold War submarine which had been stationed off Cuba during the missile crisis in 1962, which was utterly fascinating.
We also went to see the stunning musical The King and I on Broadway. I always adored the Yul Brynner film as a child so it was such a thrill to see it on stage. I loved every minute.
Back to reality now though, although there is a phase three of my celebrations – it’s sort of my gift to myself! I’m changing some things around at home so I can have a nice spacious dressing room/office. That’s happening this week, so I’ll show you some photos in my next blog, I’m very excited!
See you soon, much love,