Sunday, 22 January 2012

The reason why I bought my black dress

This is by no means a regular Friday/Saturday occurence.  My life is anything but boring but it isn't extravagant or over the top.  I am very happy and content sharing my two work free days with my immediate family unit, friends and other family members.   Throw in a good meal here and there, a fabulous movie and a beautiful bottle of vino, and you have a pretty good of idea of what my weekends are usually about!

Below is a short and sweet account of the past few days in my simple but wonderful life.

Friday day
Royal Albert Hall most of the day.  Extremely privileged to be seated in the Queen's Box.  Watched two of the many scenes from the current Cirque du Soleil show (tears in eyes experience), "Totem" and listened to interesting and inspirational speeches from a number of major public figures - Sir John Major, Seb Coe, Phillips Idowu to mention a few.

Experienced the mastery of International Emmy Award winner Gareth Malone in action, listened to the breathtaking voice of tenor Russell Watson and to the amazing sounds of classical boy band, Blake whilst trying to keep from drooling on myself during the performance of the latter.  I also had the chance to sing in the RAH along with the rest of the individuals attending the event while Gareth Malone conducted us all.  Utterly magical and a moment that I will never forget.

Friday evening
Pre-drinks at my hotel for the evening, The Dorchester, and then a sumptuous dinner in The Great Room of the Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane.  Evening entertainment was provided by a amazing Highland Band, the fabulous Blake and side splitting humour of Michael McIntyre.  Dancing followed until about 2am which was about the time that my feet finally gave up the fight for the night!

Saturday morning
After about 5 hours of sleep (boring fact - I never sleep well when I am away from my husband), I eventually showered and dressed at my leisure and finally strolled down to The Promenade at The Dorchester for brunch.  Albeit I only had a cheese and ham omelette for my breakfast it was still fabulous.

If I could have stayed in my seat all day, propped up by pillows supporting my utterly relaxed and drowsy body, I would have.

I find having no one but yourself to look after is an extremely liberating experience.   I am usually up at 8am on a Saturday at the latest and giving Isabella her breakfast and getting her ready for the day.  I do take this in turns with my husband of course.  It isn't rushed but definitely does not go at a snail's pace and comes with different challenges each time.  Don't get me wrong, I love it and adore the time with my daughter and family but I do also like a bit of me time if the opportunity ever presents itself!

This is just a very quick and summarised version but what a magical experience it all was and if given the chance to repeat it in the near future, I would graciously accept the offer!

A x


  1. Sounds lovely! Glad you enjoyed it-and I never sleep well away from my partner either! x

  2. Thank you! It was! Totally shattered now! :)

  3. Its always good to have some "me" time


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