I turned 27 over the weekend – safe to say, I’m firmly on the wrong side of my 20s. I am starting to look older than I feel inside. Mentally I’m stuck somewhere between the ages of 20-23 years – although my taste in music hasn’t changed much since I was about 17. Can you tell I’ve been thinking about it too much?
My actual birthday was spent at my in laws. It’s always quite strange spending a birthday in a different place with different people, and I never want people to feel like they need to make a fuss.
Jared booked a B&B in Windermere for Sunday night and then we spent Monday in the glorious sunshine, enjoying everything Windermere had to offer. We started with a trip to Stott Park Bobbin Mill then made our way to the lake for a boat ride, fish, chips and ice-cream.
I received lots of lovely things for my birthday including a ski session at the indoor slope a few miles from our house, a book, a photograph, a necklace, some postcards, a magazine subscription and a few bits of clothing. Jared now completely understands my taste and he’s good at choosing things that I wouldn’t normally buy (including the trousers I’m wearing above). I wasn’t sure when I first saw them, but now I’m in love with them. He also bought me a real leather pencil skirt which I love, and now need to work out how to style.
We are members of English Heritage which runs out at the end of July. We are desperately trying to squidge in as many last minute viewings as possible. Stott Park Bobbin Mill isn’t far from Windermere, beautifully kept and a real treasure. I had no idea how big the bobbin industry had been in England. 67 mills just making bobbins! We managed to catch a guided tour and it was fantastic. Everything about it was so real and untouched. The machinery still works so they were able to give us a few demos. I will never look at a bobbin in the same way again! I was quite blown away with it all.
After Jared, Rufus and I had finished at the mill we headed to the lake to meet Winston, grandparents and cousins. We started with fish and chips then decided a boat ride was next on the agenda. We had such fun. Jared and I had five children with us, including a baby. It was absolute madness and I could not stop laughing. The sun was beating down and every bit of wind welcome.
It was a perfect day in every way!