The Big Birthday Weekend

What a wonderful weekend I had celebrating my birthday with my 3 sisters and their families.

Saturday morning came round very soon after Friday night ended!  It was bright and sunny as the sun rose over the Marina in Ramsgate.dawn on 7-9-13 A healthyish start; granola, natural yogurt and a sweet and juicy peach.peaches and granola My sisters and our families make a party of 15.  Our destination for the day was Margate.my beautiful family Which we travelled to by bus!  The Thanet Loop costs £5 for a day ticket for a family and you can hop on and off when you like which is great value for money.family bus trip Margate sign We strolled through the Old Town to the sea front,Margate Old Town where we sat on the steps,Margate steps eating fish and chips.hanging out Margate A traditional by the sea meal in Britain.  Eaten out of the box with your fingers.  We are a classy lot!MargateIt was fabulously sunny.L, H and R Zoe and her sisters.  Aren’t they fabulous?Zoe and her sisters 1 In age order now.4 plus 2 It was a wonderful place to hang out and chill while children played and adults chatted.Max and Olivia Harry in Margate Lara in Margate Katie at seaside Olivia Next stop was the Turner Contemporary.crossing to the Turner A is for Abi 🙂a for abi The ground floor always has some interesting sculptures which inspired us in different ways.

at the TurnerThe main exhibition upstairs was fascinating.  I loved it and want to go again.  There was the expected range of what I call “proper art” i.e. skilled drawings/paintings which I could never do if I practised for the rest of my life plus interesting and quirky plus “so what”? art.  There was also, which completely took me by surprise, some works by some extraordinary people.  There were drawings and writings by Da Vinci, beautiful drawings of anemones by Gosse, a letter written by Shackleton in the Antarctic (plus a penguin he brought back) and sketches of mildew completed during an expedition on the Endeavour.

It was excellent and a privilege to see works by such incredible people.  Top marks to the Turner for that exhibition.Curiosity exhibition There is a large room at the Turner looking out over the sea.in the art room It is a light and bright room filled with art materials so you can have a go yourself and ALL the children did just that which was wonderful to see.in art room Shall we lock them in?3 in lockers 2 3 in lockers All that oohing and aahing was hungry work.  Luckily the Cupcake Cafe had just the thing; a strawberry meringue cupcake and a cup of tea.strawberry meringue cake The women and children enjoyed tea and cakes.H and L in Cupcake Cafe The boys were enjoying a bit of peace and quiet in the Lifebuoy.  It seemed only right to join them.  I had a marmalade vodka with lemonade which was very quaffable.in the Lifeboat champagne on ice Back at the ranch the champagne was chilled and we began to celebrate the main event of the weekend – my birthday.Sunshine on sofa We enjoyed a pretty sunset which reflected in the water to make the water pink.  sunset in Ramsgate We walked less than 5 minutes away to our local Italian which treated us very well.dinner at La Marinara We all shared different starters of Brushettas and cold meats.cold meats Calamari.calamariThis was my lovely view while I ate.Lara and Holly birthday dinner For my main I chose chicken escalope which isn’t breadcrumbed which I like.  It was cooked with parma ham and Mozarella and served with perfectly crispy French Fries.  Delicious.chicken escaloppe and fries Dessert was a chocolate filled Hazlenut Semi Freddo.  Wonderful.semi freddo I am ashamed to admit I have no recollection of the children playing cards when we got back.playing cardsI do have a hazy memory of the Mah Jongg which was not our finest ever game but it was still fun.  Especially this hand which I won 🙂Mah Jongg Sunday was super sunny.  I had a birthday table which was full of very thoughtful and lovely presents and cards.  It was so special, sitting beside the window with the lovely view and all my family together.  One of those times I wish I could bottle and keep reliving.birthday balloons More food!birthday fruit plate This was my deconstructed Bucks Fizz.  What a way to start the day.my kind of bucks fizz Jimmy did us proud with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, bacon, toast, croissant and fresh fruit.  Plus rather a lot of coffee.  And champagne.birthday breakfast 8-9-13 The early morning walkers reported a historical street market so we set off to look at that. These shelters along the promenade are lovely.In a shelter Addington Street was the High Street in Victorian times and today it was closed to cars for a historical street market.Addington St historical fair Lace making is fascinating.  It looks so complicated yet produces delicate little patterns.watching lace making The Queen Charlotte was making the most of the weather by spilling outside.Queen Charlotte outside This is such a one off pub.  One of my favourites.Queen Charlotte Ramsgate Katie the pink cat.Katie At the end of Addington Street is a Pinball Museum.  It is only open at weekends (except January and February when it is completely closed) and I have never been in before.  It was brilliant.  All the machines are in working order and £5 buys 12 tokens which is 12 turns.Pinball Museum Ramsgate This basketball game was infuriating if you were not quick thinking and nimble fingered but quite compulsive too.basketball game The more mature members of the group enjoyed being better at games than the younger members who had no idea how to play pinball.  This was a very enjoyable way to relax and I shall definitely be going back.Firepower pinball There was something for everyone at the street fair.back down Addington St bunting addington street Sunshine won 2 rosettes at the dog show ; Best in Show and Judges Favourite 🙂Sunshne with rosettes After lunch at the house we went to Botany Bay, my favourite local beach.Harvey at BB We often notice these chalk stacks in adverts and even a film the other day.Botany Bay Zoe is 50 + fabulous! Katie at BB 4 swam Harry and Olivia at Botany Bay Our lovely weekend finished with cake.birthday cake for me What an incredible cake it was.  Lara made me a chocolate and salted caramel cake and she even made the caramel herself.  It was completely fabulous and decorated with lots of chocolates and sweet things.choc caramel cakeThat was an amazing weekend.  Such a shame everyone had to go.  I want to do it all again!family on sofaThank you to my big, beautiful family for the best birthday ever.  You made me laugh and cry and feel special and loved.  Thank you all.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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8 Responses to The Big Birthday Weekend

  1. laura1952 says:

    Zoe I am so glad you had such a lovely Birthday weekend with your family and a great 50th Birthday.

  2. Lucy Murphy says:

    it was such a lovely lovely weekend. Thank you SO much – we all had a treat and it was wonderful to spend your (shhh) big day with you. xxx

  3. Kathryn says:

    how completely gorgeous…. you are very lucky to have such fabulous sisters and family. wish I’d been able to see you on your birthday so very happy (belated) birthday greetings from Orewa.

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