5 Happy Things #32 | My 30th Birthday Weekend Edition

July 9, 2018

This post is a bit late coming because last week I decided to have a week away from my space on the internet. And you know what? I kinda needed it. I’m back and have plenty to share and what better way to start than with 5 Happy Things.

This week’s Happy Things post is a flash back to my awesome birthday weekend. I must admit, I really dislike most holidays and occasions. They fill me with dread rather than joy. So when Dr W suggested we spend my birthday weekend together just the two of us, I really was rather happy about that. Spoiler alert readers: it really was the best weekend.

#1 Starting with cocktails

I got off the warm, slightly delayed train on the Friday evening and that is where my birthday began. I met Dr W off the train (my favourite Friday thing to do, no long walk home before I get a huge hug after a long day at work) and we headed to Tonic. Tonic is one of my favourite bars in Worcester, they have a huge gin selection. But they also have a pretty wonderful cocktail menu, which is what we were there for this time. The Gin and Elderflower Martini was an absolute hit for me and Dr W.


#2 Pre birthday steak with friends

Ok so cocktails got us a little hungry. Luckily there’s a new steak place in town and we managed to bag a table. Ounce Bar and Kitchen offer some amazing steaks, we went with the sharing Tomahawk (coz we greedy). My only gripe was that the service was ridiculously slow for a group of people that didn’t order starters. Thankfully we were in good company and we kept each other entertained. The steak itself was perfectly cooked, we enjoyed the peppercorn and blue cheese sauces. Hopefully the service will improve, we will visit again when they’ve had time to settle.


#3 Birthday Parkrun

Because lie ins really aren’t my thing anymore, I took my cocktail induced hangover to Parkrun. The heat and the hangover did not make this an easy run! It was far from my best time, but it did help shift the hangover… This week I ran it a bit more seriously and got a new pb of 29:42, which I’m super chuffed with!


#4 Swanky hotel stays

For my actual birthday (the Saturday) we headed to Birmingham. We stayed at Hotel du Vin, which is right in the centre of the city. It was a wonderfully opulent room, with the most amazing bathroom. The absolute upside was the air con too! We were complete room service w*nkers and ordered things to the room including Prosecco. It was so cool with the air con we could make the most of the fluffy bathrobes! It was just a wonderful stay, and we got a late check out – absolute game changer. I actually went back to bed for a nap after breakfast – oh yes!


#5 Harborne Kitchen

The main birthday event was on the Saturday evening. We headed to Harborne Kitchen for their 8 course tasting menu, with paired drinks. It was utterly incredible! I have more to say in a blog post coming tomorrow. But oh my, it really was incredible. I can’t wait to go back. I felt utterly spoilt and had the most incredible time with my wonderful boyfriend. We’re already plotting our next weekend away…

What are your recent Happy Things? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Lizzie July 10, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Those cocktails look absolutely delicious Emma – hope you had a lovely birthday!

    • Reply MissPond July 15, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      They were lovely! Thanks, I had a great birthday 🙂

  • Reply Lilinha July 9, 2018 at 11:11 am

    It seems like you had a wonderful birthday, full of lovely drinks and food. Happy belated birthday! 🙂

    • Reply MissPond July 10, 2018 at 6:44 am

      Thank you! It was a wonderful birthday 🙂

  • Reply Oliver July 9, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Great post… I’m jealous of all these things! I definitely get what you mean on a break from the Internet; you blog so much, sometimes I wonder how you do it so you deserved the break!

    Oliver x

    • Reply MissPond July 10, 2018 at 6:44 am

      I have a long(ish) commute, gives me time to write 🙂

  • Reply Lola Mia July 9, 2018 at 9:14 am

    My recent Happy Things are hot air ballooning and date days with my bae!

    • Reply MissPond July 10, 2018 at 6:43 am

      That sounds like so much fun!

  • Reply Alexander Ward July 9, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Good update Emma, hope you enjoyed the week of detox – I took a break recently too and it helped so much! Obviously hugely jealous of your food as per 🙂 Al

    • Reply MissPond July 10, 2018 at 6:43 am

      It was nice to step away, ready to be back at my blog though! Sorry about the food envy 😉

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