The other morning I woke up to the nectarous scent of rosebuds by my bedside. And the smell of coffee… in the room?
I squinted my eyes open groggily scanning my surroundings. Then I remembered, it’s my birthday!
I hate to gloat – but my husband is pretty gosh-darn dreamy.
I guess you probably want to hear about the other surprises he had planned…
Only the most gorgeous, flowy Paper Crown dress from Anthropologie ever!
Plus a motherload of ESPA oils which I’ve been hooked on since the Harvey Nicks Spring Beauty Event and which he’d noticed I’d run out of…
When he told me where he was taking me for lunch, my only concern was how fast I could get into my new dress!
A peach blossom creamsicle confection! I am in LOVE with this dress!
The River Cafe is a west London institution – and a personal fave. Gwyneth Paltrow also likes to celebrate her birthday here. Like me, she’s prone to throw down on a big bowl of pasta on her big day.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Pasta is still a little ways off.
First we toasted with Rossinis made from prosecco and mashed strawberries.
Then we lingered over exquisitely ripe melon and salty ribbons of ham that dissolve on the tongue.
Then it was pasta time!
Followed by a crispy-skinned filet of turbot slick with the most succulent roasting juices from the artichoke, olives, lemon and oil.
After a colossal three courses, there was no room for dessert, or even a coffee.
But it’s impossible to turn down a birthday shot of limoncello!
That’s my sour limoncello face!
After lunch, we look the long way home, strolling through Fulham Palace Road Cemetery. It’s such a peaceful, reflective oasis in the middle of the city where time seems to stand still. It’s actually most beautiful in the spring, when the cherry trees are heavy with pink blossoms.
Later that evening, after a quick costume change, a trip to the theatre was also in store. The production was a stage play of the World War II existential satire Catch-22 at the Richmond Theatre.
Located just off of Richmond Green, it’s a striking Victorian building.
The dress circle bar is warmly lit by the glow of stained glass. We took our drinks out on the balcony to enjoy the mild evening air.
I’m another year older and wiser, but I cannot get any happier!