Friday, 29 May 2015

Special treats

What a fantastic few days I had this week. Those of you who read last Friday's post may remember my hubby was arranging a 'surprise' for our anniversary. When I wrote that post I had no idea what we were doing or where we were going - it was all very mysterious. I was told I would be staying away overnight so my first dilemma was what to pack? What would I need? Luckily eldest daughter ( who was in on things!) helped me there.

First thing Tuesday morning I was stood in the hallway with my bags packed. Normally it is me who organises things. I felt a little out of control! I thought we were driving somewhere until daughter got in car with us! We were dropped at the train station and wished a good trip. Okay ....

We were headed for London and would actually be away two nights. (Mental scan of suitcase contents!).

Some five hours later we arrived in London and caught a taxi. I did not hear husband's instructions to driver, so I am still clueless as to our destination.

Like most folks I guess, I have a bucket list of things I would like to do. Many, I'm sure, will end up being just nice things to dream about, but occasionally we get the chance to tick off some of those dreams. Turns out I was about to be making one big tick on my bucket list.

A short taxi ride later and we pull up outside The Ritz! Afternoon tea at The Ritz has been on my wish list for years. I wasn't disappointed. That place is gorgeous. So glad daughter suggested the dress I was wearing to travel in!

The tea was wonderfully charming. We spent as long as we possibly could over it. Is it possible to overdose on pretty little cakes? I think it is because I couldn't eat a thing for the rest of the day. I did not feel it was the place to whip out my camera, sort of didn't seem right to spoil the mood, so you will have to take my word for it. Imagine, floral cake stands, silver teapots, piano music and waiters in tailcoats .... Truly a treat to remember.

But we were in London, so plenty of other exciting things to do and see. A trip to the theatre to see Warhorse and a glimpse of the Queen in her state carriage on the way to the re-opening of parliament. We were in the right place at the right time for that one.



On the second evening we managed to tick something off my husband's bucket list too. He has always enjoyed listening to jazz music and so he had arranged a trip to Ronnie Scott's Jazz club. Another great experience and I am so glad we got to do something he has always wanted to do too.

Back at home now and reality. I'm in a bit of a daze. The trip must have taken him months to organise but it is something we will both look back on with very fond memories for a long time.

Happy weekend


Thanks to Lexa and her co-hosts
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge

Katie @ TheCyborgMom

32 comments:

  1. How truly romantic and special!!! Sounds like you have an amazing husband!!!

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    1. It was a very special thing to arrange.

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  2. How romantic. So happy for you. It must make you feel really, really special AND loved.

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  3. That sure sounds like an awesome trip. Checking off things is a bonus too

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  4. Oh wow, tea at The Ritz would be an absolute dream! So happy you got to do this, what a fantastic way to celebrate!

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  5. Does the queen really travel in a stage coach? I thought she'd be in a Mazerati or something more modern by now.

    I love that your husband helped you fulfill an item on your bucket list. He gets loads of points for that!

    -Tanya
    Tanya Miranda - Writer, Dreamer, Intergalactic Superhero

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    1. Yeah, loads of points! The Queen uses the carriage for special occasions. It is beautiful to see.

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  6. What a wonderful surprise! And the tea sounds amazing.

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  7. This is wonderful - and your family are so lovely! We all carry these lists around in our heads and rarely get the chance to tick any of the big things off. I'm going to take a serious look at my own list now! Happy anniversary xx

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    1. Yeah, I guess some of our dreams can come true! Thanks, Helen.

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  8. What a lovely surprise! I'd love to have afternoon tea at the Ritz - I think I may be showing my other half this post, to give him a bit of a hint ;)

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    1. Drop some hints. I've probably only mentioned it a thousand times over the years, but obviously he did listen! It was a magical surprise.

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  9. Wow, talk about a dream come true! What a wonderful adventure he took you on and what a wonderful man you have been married to for so long.

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  10. That is just wonderful! What a lovely family you have! Thirty years of marriage deserves such an unforgettable celebration. Just reading about it gave me a smile for the day.

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  11. What a wonderful trip! Tea at the Ritz sounds fabulous - and seeing the Queen's carriage on top of it? That's definitely a treat and memories you'll always treasure. Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Thanks Lexa. I think we will remember it for ever.

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  12. THAT was exciting and I'm sitting way on the sidelines, (smile).

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  13. Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary. I've had tea at the Ritz so I know exactly what you're talking about there…. And isn't Warhorse wonderful? I only saw the NT Live filmed version, but even so, it was magnificent.

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    1. It is just a lovely thing to do, Kate. I thought Warhorse was very clever, you forget they are puppets the characteristics are so life -like.

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  14. What a lovely surprise. I'm impressed your husband managed to keep it so secret.

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  15. wow - your husband really pulled off a good one, and it was nice of the Queen to join in your celebration. Tea at the Ritz -very posh.
    Happy Anniversary

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  16. Big thanks to everyone who stopped by and for your kind words.

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  17. Are you even kidding me with that carriage??? Holy smokes that is gorgeous! As an American, I had no idea these actually existed. Looks like something out of Cinderella! Glad you enjoyed your surprise...sounds wonderful!

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  18. That's so awesome! Great shot of the carriage! I'd love to go to a tea time somewhere, preferably England, but that's a long trip for me haha

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  19. Wow! That's so wonderful! Happy Anniversary!

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  20. Hi Suzanne .. sounds just amazing and I'm so pleased luck was on your side for seeing the Queen ... tea at the Ritz must have been very special and sounds positively delicious. While War Horse - I'd love to see that ... and then music at Ronnie Scott's ... it does sound as though it was a gorgeous way of celebrating 30 years together .. so much fun ... happy memories ... cheers Hilary

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  21. I'm a bit late reading this, I know, but so glad I did. How lovely. He sounds like a keeper!

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