Wednesday 12 September 2012

Birthday and Olympics

All I can say is 'phew' what a weekend.

Friday hubby and I travelled with our friends to Manchester for the weekend. We stayed at The Ramada Hotel in Salford Quays - they upgraded us to the seventh floor thanks to Twitter and being my birthday weekend :0 The hotel rooms and breakfast were really good. Friday night we went to our favourite restaurant Cafe Rouge - the waiter was really nice and the food was superb as always.

Saturday morning we went into Manchester on the tram and our friends showed us around as he used to live there. We also went to the Science and Industry Museum which was brilliant and brought back memories of a school visit when I was younger.

Saturday afternoon we went to the Tesco Wine Fair which was the main reason for us going away. It's a great afternoon of wine tasting - with notebook to add comments. Our friend and I even did a bit of tv work, being filmed promoting a lovely Sauvignon Blanc from Malborough New Zealand LOL

It was a lovely weekend - and Monday was even better. it was my birthday and we went to London to meet Philippa at the end of her 11 days as a Games Maker at the Paralympics in the Aquatic Centre. She had an amazing time with the team from North Warwickshire School Sports Partnership.

We went into Central London with them to watch the Victory parade. We stood by St Paul's but the team were lucky to have been chosen to be in The Mall with 7000 other Games Makers. Here are a few photos from her time at the Paralympics.

The Team at the Aquatic Centre

Making friends :)

Working time
On tv leading out the swimmers
Brownlee Brothers
Chris Hoy
Tom Daley
With the Paralympic Torch
Last photo - in The Mall for the Parade
Best times - she was 'living the dream'
I had some lovey gifts for my birthday - a lovely necklace and earring set from my hubby, my favourite wine from Michael, a Cath Kidston ipad case from Philippa, Cath Kidston scissors from Mum, a stitched oven mitt from Julie, a Les Miserables canvas picture from Adele, threads from Needlecraft Haven Birthday Thread Exchange, and so many other fabulous gifts. Thank you all so much, here's some photos:
All my pressies
Les Miserables canvas
Beautiful gift from Julie
I have had a lovely time but it was all tinged with sadness as I miss Dad terribly. It is easier but being my birthday made it much worse. he would have loved to have seen Philippa on tv and all her photos, but I guess there is always something you miss whenever time happens. I do miss him so very much.

Thanks for ready my news, thank you to all my friends for the wonderful cards and gifts - have a great autumn and happy stitching..


Christine said...

Sounds like a hectic few days. I remember taking a school trip to that museum a few years back, it was pretty good as I recall.
It looks as though Phillippa had a great time as a Games Maker.
You got some great birthday presents there.

Sally said...

Wow what a busy weekend Clare. Sounds like you had a fantastic time.

You received some lovely gifts for your birthday.

Hazel said...

Happy belated birthday. You should have given me a call as I am not far from Manchester and I grew up in Salford. Maybe next time. xx

Julie said...

A very busy time for you recently.
Well done to Philippa and her friends, definately something for you to be proud of mum.

(((big hug))) xxx