Today, my blog is officially one year old! 🙂 I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed blogging this past year. I know my posts are a bit random at times, but I’ve really valued the opportunities I’ve had to document all those special little moments in life that I’d normally forget.
Something that isn’t forgettable though is the fact that yesterday was the end of an era for me. Yep, I said goodbye to the 30s, and (slightly begrudgingly) turned 40. I’m still in shock that I’m actually that number now. I still feel so young at heart!
I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all my beautiful friends and family for making my birthday so special. I had the most amazing (long) birthday weekend, which started off on Thursday night with a trip to Dorset to see my mum, sisters & niece. On Friday, M and I went to stay at the Carey’s Manor Spa Hotel in Brockenhurst. I absolutely loved spending some quality 1-2-1 time with him, chilling out in the spa and drinking jasmine tea in the Zen Garden 🙂
On my actual birthday, we decided to take a quick trip to London to visit the Kensington Roof Gardens open day. The Roof Gardens, which cover an area of 1.5 acres, are hidden on top of the old Biba department store. There are over 100 trees, three distinct gardens, a stream and, unbelievably, a pond with flamingos and Mandarin ducks!
Here are a few shots we took at the Roof Gardens, including my obligatory birthday shots 😉
When I was at the Roof Gardens, I realised that they were right next door to Whole Foods and the Saf Restaurant, which are housed in the old Barkers building. Obviously, we had to visit both before heading home 😉
Lil’ L was totally in awe of the chocolate aisle in Whole Foods. It’s so neat and colourful isn’t it?
We ended up buying a bar of the ‘Seed and Bean Organic Coffee Espresso’, which was on special offer. It was totally lush! One of the best shop bought chocolate bars I’ve ever tasted 🙂
After gawping at all the beautifully displayed food aisles in Whole Foods, we headed up to the Saf restaurant.
We ordered a few savoury dishes to try and, while we waited for them to arrive, Lil’ L looked for Wally 😉
The menu had changed since I last visited Saf and, to be honest, I preferred the savoury dishes on the old menu, but the desserts were as amazing as ever! I had the white chocolate jasmine tart with cacao nib crust, caramelised apricot sauce and espresso syrup. Oh my gosh this was good! The waitresses delivered it to me with a lighted candle and rendition of ‘happy birthday’!
Next time I visit Saf, I think I’ll skip on the savoury courses and just work my way through the dessert menu instead 😉
Well, the first couple of days of being 40 have been wonderful. Long may it continue!
Have a wonderful week everyone 🙂 xx