LIFE | 47 things I’ve learnt in my 47 years

It suddenly dawned on me today that I am 48 in a-round-about a month [15th December if you’re contemplating sending a card] … or as the BF keeps reminding me – You are 50 in 2 years!

Firstly how the bloody hell did that happen; it only seems two minutes since my 40th which I celebrated in some style if I say so myself. I can party hard when I set my mind to it. I love nothing better than letting loose and having a good time. My celebrations dragged out over a whole 3 weeks and included amongst lots of other things a weekend in Manchester with the girls, The Kings Of Lyon at Sheffield Arena, lots of family and work meals / nights out. Lots and lots of champagne and cake.

40th Birthday celebrations in full swing

Well you are only 40 once…

I thought it might be fun today to  list ‘47 things I’ve learnt in my 47 years’… some serious, some silly … If I can muster that many up that is.

I’m older but definitely [when it comes to somethings] not wiser. I still feel like a child at times and I’m constantly evolving… which for some bizarre reason makes me sound like a chuffing monkey.

So here goes …

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Fizz at Cavendish Restaurant, Chatsworth

Laurent- Perrier Afternoon  Tea at The Cavendish Restaurant, Chatsworth House – a Birthday treat from the Mr … he’s a  star and I’m very lucky.

He says he never known anybody my age get so giddy about Birthdays…I’m not sure what he’s getting at. I mean doesn’t everybody wake up at 5.30am on their birthday excited about the day ahead?

mmmmmm  yes usually the under 5 year olds!

I love my Afternoon Tea.

I love champagne.

I  love my mum … so it was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

The Mr unfortunately had to work, so couldn’t make it, much to my disappointment. O.k so I was a-bit mardy…and I should know better. In my 45th year I really must think more about what my face does and what my mouth says!

On a positive note I could never lie to you…it would be written all over my face. Expressive my mum calls it. Rubbish I say.

So back to the afternoon tea – Cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches , scones with clotted cream and jam, Bakewell Cheesecake…plus 3 champagnes to taste… WHATS NOT TO LOVE?

Here’s a list of the full shebang.

(I’ve told you before I’m a little pig… this proves it. We devoured the lot!)

Laurent-Perrier Champagne afternoon tea

  • A trio of Laurent-Perrier Champagnes: Brut non vintage Champagne, Cuvée Rosé Champagne and Demi-sec non vintage Champagne
  • Salmon Gravlax and potato terrine, horseradish cream
  • Homemade dainty sandwiches: roasted ham and tomato chutney, smoked salmon and dill mayonnaise, cucumber and cream cheese and free range egg mayonnaise and cress
  • Freshly baked basil scented scone with strawberry preserve and Devonshire clotted cream.
  • Dessert: Lemon and thyme short bread biscuit, Chocolate and almond Battenberg, Bakewell cheese cake, Classic chocolate and marshmallow tea cake, Passion fruit and vanilla gateaux
  • Biscuit rose de Reims (You dunk this in your champagne..like a Hob Nob ,only posher!)

£40 per person

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Champagne Afternoon Tea – Harvey Nix, Leeds

I was lucky enough to be invited out for Afternoon Tea last Saturday. The venue, Harvey Nichols in Leeds.

I had been to their restaurant and bar a few times previously but never experienced their Afternoon Tea. My friend, Karen had reached the ripe old young age of 50 on New Year’s Eve and one of her pressies included a voucher for Champagne Afternoon Tea for two. She took me 🙂

I would definitely advise booking as it does get rather busy, especially on a Saturday afternoon, pay day week!

Once seated in the bar area, we were quickly served with our glasses of champagne, which were much needed after the previous couple of hours shopping. The Fourth Floor Cafe & Bar has a buzzing, cosmopolitan atmosphere and is a great people watching spot!

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