The big birthday post

Being born close to Valentine’s Day isn’t all hearts and roses. Christmas babies – nay, make that December babies – know what I’m talking about. Everyone’s so focused on the main event of the month that your birthday sort of falls to the wayside. That’s why those of us born in the second week of February have to be clever about how we market our birth date to ensure we don’t miss out.

Luckily, I have a husband who hates the commercialism of Valentine’s Day and scoffs at the ‘I’ll buy you chocolates once a year and ignore you for the rest of the year’ mindset. We like to make each other feel special and appreciated all year round (maybe that’s why we’re into our seventh year of marriage, eep!) But I digress. This was a very long-winded way of saying No, we didn’t go out somewhere special for Valentine’s Day (unless you think a McFlurry is the ultimate symbol of affection), and as a result of that – yes, I had a wonderful birthday weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

It involved one breakfast with a beach view and another where I had a slice of Bar One cheesecake at 9am, shopping to my heart’s content, splurging on R5 imported cans of Vanilla Coke, two relaxing beach visits under our new beach umbrella – one with a view of Table Mountain, a delicious coffee milkshake and shared plate of stuffed chilli poppers at Woodbridge Island, travelling up said mountain in the cableway at sunset (it’s free on your birthday, and half price until the end of February – click here for more), a long swim in the pool to beat the heat, egg mayo sandwiches and carrot cake muffins, as well as two scrumptious mom-made birthday cakes for the office…

One of my LOVEly presents
One of my LOVEly presents
You can't see me but you can see my gorgeous view of the mountain on my birthday breakfast
You can’t see me but you can see my gorgeous view of the mountain on my birthday breakfast
We bought ALL the Vanilla Cokes! Well, almost
We bought ALL the Vanilla Cokes! Well, almost
Having another Vanilla Cake with Bassie, on her swing bench
Having another Vanilla Cake with Bassie, on her swing bench
Coffee milkshake and feta-bacon stuffed chilli poppers, mmm
Coffee milkshake and feta-bacon stuffed chilli poppers, mmm
See? They really are stuffed!
See? They really are stuffed!
One of the beach visits, under the new beach umbrella
One of the beach visits, under the new beach umbrella
Me in front of the cable car with our 'golden tickets' (Mine had 'Happy birthday Leigh' printed on it, and the ticked issuer sang to me)
Me in front of the cable car with our ‘golden tickets’ (Mine had ‘Happy birthday Leigh’ printed on it, and the ticked issuer sang to me)
The gorgeous sunset, as seen from the top of Table Mountain
The gorgeous sunset, as seen from the top of Table Mountain
Proof we were both on top
Proof we were both on top
My boy looking down on Lion's Head, which he climbed again with his dad just a few days ago
My boy looking down on Lion’s Head, which he climbed again with his dad just a few days ago
Look at the smoky clouds behind me - wind was very strong. So strong we were warned we may need to return down the mountain
Look at the smoky clouds behind me – wind was very strong. So strong we were warned we may need to return down the mountain
More of the smoky cloud, and the sunset
More of the smoky cloud, and the sunset
In front of the harbour view - still needed sunnies at about 19.45
In front of the harbour view – still needed sunnies at about 19.45
There it goes!
There it goes!
Gazing at the disappearing sun
Gazing at the disappearing sun
And then we got to watch the moon rise! Beautiful
And then we got to watch the moon rise! Beautiful
All the lights were twinkling below us when we got back to the car
All the lights were twinkling below us when we got back to the car
Egg mayo sandwiches and carrot cake muffins went down a treat the next day
Egg mayo sandwiches and carrot cake muffins went down a treat the next day
My two yummy birthday cakes made by mom to take to the office! The famous nutty carrot cake and an amazing chocolate marble loaf
My two yummy birthday cakes made by mom to take to the office! The famous nutty carrot cake and an amazing chocolate marble loaf

All in all, a fantastic birthday. Who said turning 30 has to be a big kerfuffle?

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4 thoughts on “The big birthday post”

  1. What a lovely birthday you had this year, really one to remember forever and ever… and a big one to top when you turn 40 and 50 and 60…. Every day is special here with your loved ones.

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