2012 is definitely going to be a year to remember for a multitude of reasons. One of my most unforgettable and happy memories will be the party my daughter and I shared for our milestone birthdays. Chrissie turned 18 and I turned 40! Where did the time go?
It was my gorgeous girl's idea to have a joint party so I decided that, as they were very important birthdays and there would be one party to pay for instead of two, we should do it in style. So we pushed the boat out…literally!
We hired a boat to cruise the Thames for the evening. "The Hurlingham" (no, not that Hurlingham, Lee Hohbein! He did ask if it was the salubrious members-only club and I soon put him straight on that one) couldn't have been better! Everything was perfect. Despite all the torrential rain we had been having, on this one fine evening in August the sun shone and the air was warm. Beautiful.
Now, I have never had the big full on wedding experience that most people have but I would say this would probably be as close to what that must be like! It was special in so many ways, from old friends coming from far and wide, to my wonderful work friends who had to be up at 5am the next day but still came out to celebrate.
Chrissie and I were so touched at the turnout which was probably around 140 people or so! I felt like I only got to see each friend for about 5 or 10 minutes! Should have hired the boat for 24 hours, maybe then I'd have managed to spend more time with everyone!
What really made the evening extra special was the remnants of the nation's milestone occasions, the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics. Alongside the Thames as we cruised we saw the huge image of the Royal Family flanking on the massive buildings, waved to the O2 and got very excited about sailing under the Olympic rings which still hung from Tower Bridge. It was so magical it makes my skin tingle thinking about it now.
I think it's safe to say everyone had a wonderful time. We were a very broad cross section of people and everyone merged and had a superb night. Chrissie and I will never ever forget it. Most certainly it was a night to remember.
I hope you enjoy the photos and I'm sure you'll recognise a few familiar faces. See you soon.
Love, Catherine x