Last week I celebrated a very special day with my wife Helen, our 5th wedding anniversary! We always like to do something special to mark this occasion. This year on Monday of last week we headed to London to celebrate although a little prematurely as we were unable to both get the time off work on 30th September, our actual anniversary.
On arrival in London we headed to a lovely restaurant for lunch called Babylon which is situated on top of a building in Kensington and has amazing views of London’s skyline. Another special thing about this restaurant is that just below it are The Roof Gardens. These are open to the public to explore and consist of three beautiful gardens – The Spanish Garden, The Tudor Garden and The English Woodland Garden – all unique in their own way. They are so peaceful and tranquil that you completely forget you are just above the hustle and bustle of London! The highlight for me was the resident Flamingoes which were free to roam the gardens!
We had booked a hotel for the night so following lunch we checked into The Gore hotel. This had been a last minute reservation for us so we were pleasantly surprised to find such a beautiful hotel. It was classically British in design with dark wooden panelling and antique furniture and was situated in a perfect location just a stones throw away from The Royal Albert Hall!
Next we headed out for the evening for a gin tasting evening followed by an incredible curry in an Indian restaurant in Knightsbridge! This was no ordinary curry with things on the menu such as lobster masala! It was truly delicious!
As we both have a love for antiques our second day in London was spent at the Decorative Antiques Fair in Battersea Park. This was the second time I had been to this fair as I love how it displays unusual and unique antiques as well as the usual kinds of things you would see at other fairs. We saw lots of beautiful things but were very restrained and left empty handed – quite unusual for me!
Here endeth a wonderful couple of days and it was time to go home!
Before I leave you I would just like to pay tribute to my amazing wife Helen! Without her by my side particularly over the last few years I would not be writing this post because it would have been impossible for me to celebrate in this way due to the mental health issues that had me in its grip! She has been by my side every step of the way and has given me unconditional love and support. Helen never complained even in some of the darkest moments in my life. Her only concern was my welfare! I honestly wouldn’t have blamed her if she had walked away and left me to my own devices! She has been, and still is, my rock!
It is down to Helen that I have been able to embark on what is going to be a huge challenge both physically and mentally for me. I of course mean competing in the Mount Everest marathon and all the fundraising events I have planned in the build up to my trip to Nepal. She has been instrumental in the challenges I have already completed particularly in the gruelling capture of all 70 Shauns in one day!
Helen has given me a very precious gift and that is belief in myself so Helen thank you a billion times over! I love you with all of my heart and soul!!!!!!!!