You may remember that before Christmas, I (Jo) discovered the wonderful Orangery. Well, I fell in love with it so much that on returning home I promptly booked it again for James’ 30th (THIRTY) birthday. A special occasion deserves a special venue after all!
And so it was, a couple of weeks ago that six of us traveled the short distance to Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire for a weekend of unadulterated indulgence. And Monopoly, obvs. I had arranged an extra surprise in the form of a massive crate of goodies from James’ favourite bakery, Harts. Laura and her team put together the most delightful selection of bread, pastries and sweet treats for us. As you can imagine, I was a very popular lady that weekend! If you live in Bristol and you haven’t visited Harts, sort it out.
We were rather lucky with the weather, in that it stopped raining long enough for us to potter about the village buying fresh food and picking out which houses we would most like to own. Victoria was rather taken with the bird hedge, whilst I would like my own welly rack someday.
By complete coincidence Ellie, Victoria and I had all packed our favourite Cath Kidston dresses! This provided us with the perfect opportunity for a country walk girly photo. Although, as always seems to be the way, the photos we like most are the ones taken after we had stopped posing!
The Cath Kidston theme continued (obsessed, much) with the cake, which I decorated with lots of their colourful flags in a gallant attempt to cover up that I didn’t have thirty candles. They were a bit of an impulse buy but they actually really made the cake look special! I am all about flags on cakes now.