Tuesday, 19 November 2013

A special day.....

I had a very special day yesterday.  It was my birthday (don't ask how old I am) so MWM and I went to Manchester for the day to visit the Christmas Markets, where we bought some special cheeses, Christmas Cake and enjoyed a mug of mulled Glühwein.

Then we did a little more shopping where I stocked up on cosmetics and MWM bought himself a new coat, before going for lunch in our favourite restaurant Bella Italia.

We had a lovely meal with a bottle of Prosecco, which was free, Bella Italia had kindly sent me a voucher for it for my birthday.

After lunch we went to get my birthday present off MWM, a bottle of my favourite perfume - Jo Malone 154 Cologne and the assistant also gave me a whole load of samples of the various Jo Malone colognes.

Next we went to a lovely little wine bar, Hangingditch, for a nice glass of Malbec.

Our next stop was a little underground bar called Corbieres.

We were hungry again when we left Corbieres, so we made our way to Cafe Rouge at The Printworks where we had a sharing board of pâté maison, petit saucisson, houmous, olives, aromaticcured pork, marinated goats cheese boulée, red pepper tapenade & rustic breads washed down with another glass of wine.

Stuffed full of plumptiousness we decided to catch the tram back to Bury, where we had one more drink before phoning for a taxi to take us home.   Once home and the shopping unpacked we had a cup of tea and went to bed.

I had a lovely birthday!

Next week I will resume telling you about our Canada trip, so join me then for Canada Part 5.


MorningAJ said...

Happy Birthday!
We went to the Frankfurt market in Birmingham on Saturday but it was bedlam - so I'm glad you had a good day.
21 again, then? :)

Ron said...


And it's sounds and looks like you had a PERFECT day!

"After lunch we went to get my birthday present off MWM, a bottle of my favourite perfume - Jo Malone 154 Cologne."

Don't you just LOVE Jo Malone fragrances????

You look absolutely stunning in these photos! And I love, love, love your clothing ensemble in the third photo down. Faaaaaaabulous outfit!

Have a lovely week!


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

well i must say that sounds like a perfect day for sure and you look beautiful my friend!

smiles, bee

Anonymous said...

Crikey, you know how to live high off the hog!

katie eggeman said...

This sounds like a perfect birthday....You do look quite lovely. I have yet to think about Christmas, except making plans for Santa Barbara,

Daryl said...

my friend age is relative and you look fabulous ... so glad it was a good enjoyable day .. xo

Cloudia said...

You truly look smashing in that top shot of you especially!

ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

snowelf said...

Happy Birthday, my dear friend! You do look absolutely beautiful in your pics! Just radiant. Much love to you!

Valerie said...

What a lovely way to spend a birthday. Belated greetings, Pearl. Love that picture of you, you really don't look your age, my dear. (Just pretending I know... grins.)

I believe West Midlands WI is visiting the Manchester Markets this year.... pity I can't go. Never mind, we have the German Markets every year ... perhaps I'll make it to that one.

Flowerpot said...

Sounds like a perfect birthday Ak -many happies! xx

Secret Agent Woman said...

Happy Birthday (late)!!

Those photos of you are gorgeous.

Akelamalu said...

Not sure I'd want to go to any market on a Saturday AJ, it was busy enough on Monday! Thanks for the birthday wishes. x

Thankyou Ron! I adore Jo Malone Fragrances and so does MWM!

Why thankyou Bee and yes it was a perfect day. :)

LOL I try Dumdad LOL

I did have a lovely birthday for sure BankerChick :)

I certainly don't worry about my age Daryl. ;)

Why thankyou Cloudia xx

Thankyou for the birthday wishes and the compliment Snowelf I'll take both gratefully. xx

What a shame you won't get to visit Manchester and the markets Valerie but I'm sure the German markets will be just as good. Thankyou for the birthday wishes and the huge compliment. xx

Thankyou kindly Flowerpot xx

Why thankyou, on both counts, SAW xx

Beach Bum said...

Happy belated birthday! Mine is coming up and I will probably do something similar down in Charleston.

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Beach, I hope you enjoy your birthday as much as I did mine. x

Maggie May said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Glad you had a lovely time.
You take a lovely photo!
Maggie x

Nuts in May

sallywrites said...

Happy birthday!! :)

Akelamalu said...

Why thankyou Maggie, I had a fabulous time. :)

Thankyou Sally x

Purple Flowers said...

Happy Birthday. I stopped by and decided to look further into your blog. I like it. Thank you for sharing. ~Kathleen

Akelamalu said...

Hello Kathleen, thanks for stopping by and thanks for the birthday wishes!

Anonymous said...

You're so beautiful and photogenic. My family live in Manchester (well, near Bolton but it's close enough!) and they do the Christmas markets. I have a lot of friends down there who've also been this year. I've no idea what they are but they seem quite popular.

CJ x

Dianne said...

Happy Belated Birthday
You look so beautiful

Hugs from me and the grands

Akelamalu said...

Aw thankyou Kathryn, you're too kind. The Christmas Markets are so much fun - lots of stalls selling fancy good and fancy foods from places such as France, Holland, Germany and of course the UK. Then there's the food stalls and bars, you'd love them.

Why thankyou Dianne, you're very kind. xx

Jenny Woolf said...

A lovely celebration! And happy birthday-as-was! LOL