I spent my birthday last year with Ian in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Amsterdam.
And I spent the one before with my dear friend, (of 24 years), Liz at Oktoberfest in Stuttgart.
For my birthday this year, I’m going to Skipton hospital for a Covid-19 antibodies test. I’d be amazed if it transpires that I’ve had the virus, but because part of my work is for the NHS, it’s something that might prove useful.
For my whole adult life, my birthday has heralded the start of party season. A lot of my friends have birthdays around the same time and we always have a girls’ night in to celebrate. Christmas dinners, events and parties soon follow. Something to justify the number of sequins that hang in my closet.
I’d planned a family Greek night here tomorrow night and had invited my brother and his family and our parents. It was to celebrate my parents’ golden wedding anniversary which was last week. The rule of six means we can’t go ahead. I just hope they stay as well as they are so we can celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in style. However, the lining, in this case, is platinum. Instead, Ian and I are going to dinner this weekend at Le Caveau, one of our all-time favourite restaurants, (including the aforementioned Michelin-starred one in Amsterdam). Tonight, it’s party food at home and I can’t wait.
Like anyone with a birthday between March and now, it’s not the same as usual. But I do feel that life lately has got back to at least some semblance of normality. Poppy is back up in Durham for her second year and Harry is back at school. He’s done his mock A-levels and is now in the process of applying for university. Like everyone in his year, he has been unable to go to any uni open days. Ian, who was working here in our home office throughout lockdown, is back at his place of work for some of the time. I still work three 11-hour days plus one in six Sundays. We’re all back in a routine at least.
I daren’t plan too much ahead, because who knows what the next 12 months will bring. But what I do know is that by my next birthday, I’ll be Ian’s wife. And I can’t wait.
Puff sleeve midi dress: Closet London, previous season, (gift)
Pink and gold leopard print trainers: Lotus Shoes, current (gift).