Birthday Celebration

What a busy few days I have had and what fun this weekend, celebrating Sally’s birthday and enjoying Lucy’s Birthday present!

I spent a couple of days this week in Edinburgh with work while Harvey enjoyed being in Rye.anchor at Rye He was at the Rye Bay Beach Club where he has been swimming, catching crabs, making crab ravioli and crab sushi, beachcombing, making boxes and a film.Lifeboat Rye harbour On Friday night I went to Sally’s to celebrate her birthday.  We sat outside all evening, drinking champagne and dining on seafood, chicken and salads.  I should have taken photos earlier when it all looked so well presented but better late than never.  It was a delicious meal.  I ate vast amounts as it was all so yummy !

Sally's seafood We all took different dishes and Michelle took the coronation chicken which was really good.  The secret ingredient was cumin powder instead of curry powder which worked really well.coronation chicken

After meringue and berries we had home made birthday cake; a rose flavoured sponge cake for our lovely English rose – well done girls, it was light and well flavoured.

Sally with cake

It was a lovely evening and I was so happy to have been a part of it.

Sally's dinnerOn Saturday morning we had a lovely walk along the lanes and up to the Grandstand.   Epsom is famous for being the home of the Derby and there are horses and livery yards everywhere you go.   This is the gateway to The Durdans Livery Stables, one of the most impressive.  It used to belong to Lord Rosebery and the story says he locked the gate when his son went to fight in the First World War and would only open the gate when his son returned.  Sadly he didn’t so the gate has remained locked ever since.

Lord Roseberry's Home and stud This is Maidstone House, a very attractive Seventeenth Century house.Maidstone House, Epsom We had a good walk and then returned to Sally’s for breakfast.walk in Epsom This is such a pretty area.houses in Epsom watermelon This is one of the Philip’s juicers and it was so easy to use and the results were impressive.  We juiced (for 3 people) 4 apples, 2 pears, 1 parsnip, 1 lime, a chunk of ginger and a large bag of spinach.  When it was juiced we added the juices to the blender with one and a half avocados.Phillip's juicer Absolutely delicious.Sally's smoothie Enjoyed in the sunshine in the garden where I spotted this bee, covered in pollen from one of the stunning passionflowers.bee on passionflower After a walk and breakfast we went with Holly to the horse stables and then on to the fields.Holly This naughty pony had trampled down the fence to get to the richer pasture on the other side.Mack and co Having surveyed the damage we all agreed the repairs were best left to someone else 🙂Sally's field The weather became rather unsettled so we based our picnic in the barn rather then risk setting up outside and being rained on.3 picnic chairs We mainly ate lots of yummy leftovers from the night before.

picnic 2-8-14 Green salad, rice salad, orzo salad,  coronation chicken, bread and taramasalata.  I had at least 2 helpings and then bread and cheese.  This was definitely not a weekend for losing weight!picnic lunch This was such a relaxing and enjoyable picnic.picnic in the barn For dessert we had berries, watermelon. meringue and baklava.fruit, meringue and cream After tea, birthday cake and a snooze, we left Epsom.

Epsom Downs Destination was The Shard in central London which you can just see in the distance from Epsom Downs.The Shard from Epsom Downs

We enjoyed dinner at Black and Blue in Borough Market.  It was warm enough to sit outside even though we didn’t get there until 10:30 pm!  Loving these mild summer evenings.

Gini and Lucy Black and Blue I enjoyed a blackberry and gin based cocktail.Blackberry cocktail We all had steak with Bearnaise sauce, frites and salad which was very good.Black and Blue steak and chips

Inside Black and Blue After a good dinner we went to The View From The Shard for a silent disco which was our birthday present to Lucy.The View From The Shard It takes 2 lifts to get to the 69th floor.Picture of The Shard At The Shard walking in to the Shard

From the 69th floor we had amazing views across London.  This is looking from London Bridge along the River Thames and you can clearly see St.Paul’s on the North side of the river.London Bridge and St Paul's from The Shard

St Paul’s Cathedral.

St Pauls close up from Shard

Looking North to The City (financial district).

The City from The ShardHMS Belfast
HMS Belfast from The Shard Tower Bridge and looking East.Tower Bridge from The Shard Looking straight down on to London Bridge station.

looking down to London Bridge

London Bridge train tracks.London Bridge train tracks from the ShardSo what is a Silent Disco you may be wondering?  You each wear headphones so there is no music blaring out in to the room.  With the headphones on, you can choose your music and your own volume.  There were 3 DJs playing so you had a choice of 3 tracks to listen to at any one time.  When you wanted to talk, you removed your headphones and didn’t have to shout above the music which was really good.3 DJs

There was so much to do!  Buy drinks, dance, take photos, admire the view, explore the Shard.  It was brilliant!

upstairs at Silent Disco me at Silent Disco The 72nd floor is open to the elements which really took me by surprise.  I assumed the entire building was enclosed.The Shard 72nd floor It was quite windy up there which was refreshing as the floor below was quite warm.Silent Disco 4 Looking up to the very top of the Shard.top of The Shard The DJs did a great job.3 DJs in The Shard The Silent Disco at the Shard was brilliant.Silent Disco 3

The girls had fun.Silent disco 2 Lots and lots of fun.Silent disco 1

Thank you to Lucy and Michelle for hosting me for each night and  thank you Sally for inviting me.  It was all really enjoyable and I would do it all again 🙂

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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2 Responses to Birthday Celebration

  1. suzjones says:

    What a novel idea to have a silent disco. Great views as well. 🙂

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