Day 1 of my 50th Birthday Celebrations

It is official, I am now 50 years of age!

The celebrations started with a lovely meal out with my hubby at a local restaurant – Baraset Barn.  The food there is amazing and the converted barn cosy, with a lovely atmosphere.

Thursday morning we were up early to head down to Devon to really start the celebrations.  We have booked 2 apartments in Westwood Hoe for 8 of us.  Hubby and I and 2 of our friends were starting on Thursday with the rest on Friday.

The weather was absolutely beautiful.  As we couldn’t get into our apartment until 4 pm we decided to detour to Bideford.  A quick stop off at Morrisons to get some supplies and lunch, we then headed to the sea front to find somewhere to sit and eat our lunch.  It was so beautiful.  We then took a walk along the sea front.  I say sea, but it is actually an estuary taking you out to sea. 

I recorded the day on my Youtube video here:

The apartment was ready a little earlier than expected so we decided to go and check it out.

It was just off the seafront in Westward Ho.  I had upgraded to the Premier Apartment at Westbeach Resort.  I wanted to wake up looking at the ocean on my birthday, so this was the best way to guarantee that.  I am so glad I did.  Our view was beautiful.  We were looking right out across the sea.

The apartment itself was very modern.  2 bedrooms – 1 double – 1 twin, a nice bathroom with bath and rainfall shower, plus a kitchen which was fitted with fridge, freezer, oven and microwave.  Even a proper coffee machine.

I quickly unpacked. Our friends were on route, and after a long journey down, I promised to get a cold beer and G&T ready for them.

When they arrived, we sat on the balcony enjoying our drinks.  It was such a gorgeous day so we decided to go and explore Westward Ho.

It only took us minutes to be on the seafront.  There were plenty of restaurants, bars and shops along the main promenade.  It was very clean and tidy, with a lawned area, childens play area and a large array of planted borders.  The tide was in, so you couldn’t see the sandy beach sadly.

After a walk around we decided to have a drink in Morans, an Asian restaurant that we had booked for the next night, for my actual birthday.  We sat outside drinking cocktails and beer with prawn crackers!  Well it would be rude not to!

Next door was a great fish and chip shop!  As we were at the seaside it was the obvious place to go for dinner!  A brass band was setting up outside, so we sat on a bench eating our fish and chips listening to the music.  It was such a lovely evening.

We headed back to our apartment and sat on the balcony enjoying a few drinks. Slimline wine for me. It was a clear warm evening as we sat watching the sun set over the ocean. What a magical way to start my birthday celebrations.

Tomorrow is the big day!

Stay tuned to see what happened next.  I will also be publishing the weekend on my Youtube channel so don’t forget to subscribe to my channel.

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Are you ready for Valentines Day?

I have to say, there is no excuse for anyone who travels along the road I take to work, to forget it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

There is a bright red sign reminding every car. It’s been there for a week, and is actually an advertisement for a florists! A very good marketing strategy.

I know many people feel that Valentine’s Day is just a gimmick to make money, but I really like it!

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want my hubby wasting money on over priced flowers or presents, but it is a great excuse to remind ourselves why we are together.

Life gets so busy these days, so it’s nice to take time out together. Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse for that. Again, I’m not talking expensive restaurants, a takeaway or a meal in the local pub is absolutely fine too!

It’s about spending a few quality hours together over a meal cooked by someone else, and sharing a bottle of wine or fizz together.

I treasure my life with my hubby. I really enjoy his company (most of the time ha ha !!). So will we be doing anything tomorrow? We certainly will.

I have booked a table at our local pub – The Kings Head.  https://bit.ly/2ti1dYy.  It’s a nice pub and after its forthcoming refit, will be even better.

At the moment, it’s nothing amazingly fancy, but it will be good food, good wine and even more important, good company.

We will spend the evening together talking.  Probably planning where we will go if we won the lottery, or what we would like to buy if we had an open purse, or just telling jokes.  The important thing is, we won’t be distracted from each other.

Since getting married, we have made sure we take a night away, or just a meal out every few months.  It gives us time together, and stops us taking each other for granted.

We work together and live together, which you would think means we are together 24/7.  Reality is, we don’t.  We both work full time, when we get home, there are jobs to be done and we both like time out separately to enjoy our hobbies!  If you ask my hubby, he will include cleaning as one of mine!  For the record, that’s not true!!  Although it is satisfying when the house is clean and the washing and ironing done, but don’t tell him that!!

I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, to just have some quality hours together, oh and someone else cook my dinner!

I have a bottle of Slimline Fizz on chill too, to enjoy before we go out and when we come home.  With work the next day, I know by drinking that, I am guaranteed not to have a hangover!!

So if you have that someone special in your life, why not use tomorrow to show them how important they are to you.

Remember, it’s not about how much you spend in money, it’s about the quality of time together!

Whatever you do tomorrow have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!