What a crayzeeee month. To (very nearly) top off a totally crazy year.
November has seen some pretty spectacular things happening in our household.
• It was my best girlfriend’s 40th birthday
• We’ve celebrated my mother and father in-law’s diamond — SIXTY YEARS!! — wedding anniversary
babies boys have started nursery — click to read all about that!
Any of the above would have been memorable but all three in one month proved a little too much to handle and — as a result of burning the candle in spectacular style — I have been ill with viral laryngitis for a couple of weeks. Nice.
That said, it was worth every second!! ;)
My BFF’s birthday was epic!! It had been in the planning for months. Seven in fact.
The birthday girl had no idea of any of any of it either, until we all leapt out at her and shouted SURPRISE!!!
Bless her — she thought she was going to a Michelin starred restaurant for a swanky lunch. She had absolutely no idea that all her dearest friends had trekked halfway across the country to celebrate with her!
Her husband — who was incidentally our best man — had organised a country house, in Shropshire, for 50 of us to go and stay at for a long weekend. We had a ‘Roaring Forties’ fancy dress theme and were treated to a very nice sit down meal and enough cocktails to sink a ship. Needless to say it was a messy affair and most revellers didn’t go to bed until the next morning.
It was a magnificent party. I had organised for a couple of stylists from the Le Keux salon in Birmingham to come and do all the girl’s hair. They specialise in vintage hairstyles so we ladies — 23 in total — spent a really fun afternoon having our hair did, in Victory Rolls and pincurls, whilst drinking much Champagne. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon and made the whole affair even more exciting!! So lovely to dress up and really look the part.
My in-law’s party was a
only very slightly more subdued affair ;)
There were 17 of us — all close family — and we took a beautiful collection of cottages in the Cotswolds for yet another long weekend. 5 acres of gardens, an indoor freshwater swimming, a Hammam (traditional Turkish bath).
Sadly, this is when my immune system decided to pack up.
I had been feeling pretty rough since just before my bestie’s party and just tried to ignore it and carry on.
As every mother does.
Nevertheless, a boozy Friday night spent talking to my lovely in-laws didn’t help matters. Then Saturday morning we took advantage of the amazing indoor pool and took the Twinkles swimming, which they absolutely LOVED! Unfortunately, I think the combination of damp, foggy weather, mingled with wet hair for a couple of hours, did me no favours and by the evening my voice was really failing and I was feeling pretty rough.
Sunday saw me in bed, for most of the day. Happily there were lots of family members on hand to help my boy with the twins, so I didn’t feel too guilty and really made the most of the extra recuperation time.
I got up shortly before these next pics were taken… my boy had seen that the sun was setting and it looked like the sunset was going to be a belter.
We pulled on our wellies and got down to the perimeter wall of the garden just in time to see the most spectacular sunset. Red, gold, violet, orange… a HUGE sky, filled with colour, as far as the eye could see. Absolutely awe-inspiring and totally and utterly worth dragging myself out of bed for.
It made me feel very small and very humble. And so, so grateful to be there. Looking at such a magical scene with my three beautiful boys.
So November has truly has been a month filled with ‘Me and Mine’. My gorgeous, amazing friends. Our wonderful extended family.
I know how lucky we are; how lucky my little boys are, to be growing up surrounded by a raft of loving, incredible, influential people.
We are truly blessed.
Me and mine…