Although my good friends are scattered across the world, I am very fortune that one of them isn’t too far away and also has kids my girls’ age. The two of us worked together almost ten years ago, and quickly realised we had a lot in common. She has been a constant in my life throughout tough times, happy times and heaps of fun in between. I deeply respect her for setting up her own business a couple of years ago and making a massive success out of it. She is an amazing person to have around, and I adore her.
Four years ago – for my birthday – hubby booked me into a luxury day spa (my first day out sans baby who had just turned one). The spa had a 2 for 1 deal on, so my friend came with and we had a great time chatting, using the facilities and being pampered. We vowed that we’d make it a tradition for each of our birthdays every year and although the spa part hasn’t happened again, we have stuck to our word about meeting up. Once we agree on dates they go into the diary super early and are set in stone. Then we get to look forward to treating ourselves to a day out, and leave the older kids with the hubby’s.
Saturday was one of these days. Usually we go somewhere nice for lunch, eat way too much, drink a bottle of vino then go for a mooch around the shops. This time round we needed a different format to accommodate our extra guest (my three month old) and my diet. My friend is a photographer and general lover of pretty things, so we went to the fabulous V&A Museum. Deciding to make the most of the glorious day we walked from Victoria station, and had a beautiful stroll full of history. When we got to Knightsbridge we spied a charity shop, and I managed to pick up a stunning pair of Manolo Blahnik mules (hardly worn, just £29) which I plan on wearing to a wedding in July.
We got to the museum just before two, and stayed until they kicked us out at half five. My highlights were the jewellery, poster (see above) and photography exhibitions. We also sat in the gorgeous garden and enjoyed watching kids splashing around in the brand new paddling pool that has recently been installed. Then we walked back to Victoria, and said goodbye.
It was a great day, but went too fast as they always do. We’re already planning the next one!