A Lovely Weekend! #Birthday

Hey Peeps!

I’m sat here at the tail end of my birthday weekend, tired, happy, full, and ready for bed!

But I wanted to let you know what my weekend was like.

Hubby Dearest arranged for us to go to London, the four of us, for a night away, for my birthday!

We arrived at the Park Plaza Waterloo,Β the children and I poked our noses around the reception, whilst Hubby Dearest worked his magic, getting us upgraded and breakfast in the Executive lounge!

We saw some fantastic figurines and got a free cookie too!

The room was lovely, with a view of the Shard and other wonderful buildings.

Everything was electronic, lights, curtains, locks and all!


They even gave the kids complimentaryΒ back packs!


The children wanted to go swimming, but I was not in the mood to exercise! They went with Daddy, whilst I chilled out. The Pool and Gym area also had a Spa.


Once they were sated, we got ready and went for a walk to the London Eye, and across the bridge towards the Houses of Parliament, complete with the silent for now, Big Ben!

There was even ‘Mr Bean’ entertaining folks!


We decided to wander over to the West End, rather than catch a train. We stopped at Trafalgar Square, and saw some wonderful street art.

Lil Princess is not a walker so we had to stopΒ several times for her to complain… and she got a piggy back from her Dad for a while too!

En route to drinks and dinner, we stopped at the Leicester Square Lego store, and I met Shakespeare!


A cheeky cocktail at TGI Fridays, then we went to Wong Kei’s, our favourite Chinese restaurant!

If you’ve not heard of Wong Kei’s before, I have to tell you; Their food is WONDERFUL. Seriously! But they are as famous for their customer service, as their food. They don’t smile, you get sat with other people, they can be down right rude, to be honest, but because we know that is what they are about, it is so funny! And because, for some of them it is an act, you do get the smiles from them, sneakily!

The food, as I mentioned, was yum! And the portions are large, so we ended up with a lot left. Instead of letting it go to waste, the children decided they wanted to give it to some one who was in need. We got two take away boxes and made up two complete meals, with chopsticks too, and got ready to find someone who needed food.

London streets are full of homeless folk, and you don’t always know what is the best to do. But the kids did me proud. We found a lady, with dog, who was so grateful for a warm meal.


The second meal given, we walked home again. London by night is so beautiful!


And here’s something I hadn’t seen before… the portaloo type urinals that have been put up in places, to stop drunk blokes relieving themselves in the doorways at night…


My little family made me very proud. ❀


This morning, I was woken by a phone call from my Finndian family, and my brother and nephew serenading me from a Helsinki tram!

And then presents appeared, complete with a poem from Lil Princess, and a Power Point presentation about why I’m a great mum, from Lil Man!

My very own Pandora Bracelet! Bless them!

We ate a hearty three-course breakfast (Gonna have to get back on the healthy eating wagon after this last few weeks!) and literally rolled out of the Executive Lounge!


After checking out, we made our way home where I was spoiled again by my in-laws!

This was topped off by a takeaway pizza, and then a birthday cheesecake at home!


But it wasn’t just this that made my weekend good. Seeing that nearly a hundred of you took me up on my birthday gift to you was so pleasing, and the fact that I hit #1 in the Poetry download chart on UK Kindle was the icing on the cake! I can say I am a ‘Bestseller’ now I guess!!!!

I am now sat on my bed, getting ready for my first day back to school.

Tired, but happy.

Thank you for putting up with my constant badgering over the last month, first the #RiNoWriMo challenge, I set myself, then the free book promos… You are all angels, and I feel blessed that I have such a supportive blogily behind me!

I must go now, and get ready for the next chapter in my life as a teacher… More on that in another post!

80 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tjt072
    Oct 01, 2017 @ 02:44:53

    Happy belated birthday

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  2. motherofangels3
    Sep 05, 2017 @ 03:26:59

    happy birthday Ritu, it looks like you had a most perfect birthday weekend .:)

    Liked by 1 person


  3. nimi naren
    Sep 05, 2017 @ 02:03:57

    Hope you had a great birthday Ritu. Stay blessed.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. willowdot21
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 21:13:28

    You deserved every minute of your lovely time and everything you received. Be well be happy and have a wonderful year, good luck at school Sis love you πŸŒΉπŸ’œπŸ’—β€οΈπŸ’—πŸ’œ

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  5. gemmaorton
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 16:52:45

    What a fun packed birthday weekend! Great photos.

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Judy E Martin
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 15:55:05

    I’m happy that you had such a wonderful birthday Sis. You throughly deserve it. Well done too, for reaching #1 bestseller with your book. You must be so excited and proud xxx

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Lynz Real Cooking
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 13:58:28

    Congrats!! Happy birthday dear

    Liked by 1 person


  8. Bernadette
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 12:11:14

    What a wonderful way to celebrate. Thanks for giving us a peak into you life. Happy Birthday.

    Liked by 1 person


  9. Miriam Hurdle
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 10:10:20

    Happy birthday to you, Ritu! What a fun and full weekend. I think we stayed at the Park Plaza hotel also when we were in London. I hope you got some rest. I think I read your latest post before this one…

    Liked by 1 person


  10. pranabaxom
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 08:13:34

    Happy Birthday Ritu and many happy returns of the day.

    Liked by 1 person


  11. Erika Kind
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 06:42:56

    That sounds like the perfect birthday! A weekend in London and such thoughtful and lovely presents. So happy for you, dear sis! πŸ’–

    Liked by 1 person


  12. Dorinda Duclos
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 06:19:24

    Congrats on hitting #1!!! How exciting! πŸ·πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸ˜Š

    Liked by 1 person


  13. http://www.salpa58.wordpress.com
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 04:35:58

    Sounds like you had a brilliant Happy Birthday, Ritu. Hugs. xo

    Liked by 1 person


  14. Jennie
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 02:51:49

    Terrific, Ritu! What an amazing weekend. A well deserved birthday celebration. πŸ˜€

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  15. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 02:08:25

    What a lovely birthday celebration! You are well-loved and have a very dear family. Enjoy the rest of the week! πŸ’—πŸŽ‰

    Liked by 1 person


  16. syl65
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 01:55:53

    Glad you and the fam had a great weekend and you had a funtastic birthday.

    Liked by 1 person


  17. Kurian
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 01:52:35

    Happy Birthday Ritu.
    That’s a wonderful birthday you had
    All the best

    Liked by 1 person


  18. D. Wallace Peach
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 01:23:16

    Happy Birthday, Ritu. It looks like you had a fun and busy! weekend. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person


  19. Megha
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 01:18:52

    Happy birthday Ritu 😊

    Liked by 1 person


  20. Becky Ellis
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 00:45:47

    So happy you had such a memorable birthday…you deserve much happiness!

    Liked by 1 person


  21. Victo Dolore
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 00:43:58

    Ok, that was an amazing birthday! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person


  22. Robert Matthew Goldstein
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 23:52:32

    Happy Birthday, Ritu! It looks like you had a wonderful time!

    Liked by 1 person


  23. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 23:45:11

    What a fantastic birthday you have had! God Bless you ever and ever more

    Liked by 1 person


  24. scskillman
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 23:22:37

    A lovely description Ritu and I must look up the Park Plaza at Waterloo!

    Liked by 1 person


  25. Sue Vincent
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 22:45:58

    Sounds as if you had a wonderful weekend xx

    Liked by 1 person


  26. Michael
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 22:38:38

    Happy Birthday Ritu, looks like you had a great weekend. Have a good day.

    Liked by 1 person


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  28. Mr. Militant Negro
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 22:24:40

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