Hello beautiful people.
In case you weren’t aware, it’s my birthday this week (January 9th, to be precise), and since recently I’ve been all about the self love and celebrating… ME I’ve decided to rename this whole month, JENuary… unofficially of course, haha. From now on, each year going forward I want to dedicate my birth month to celebrating moi and doing all the things that I love to do the most. Travelling, spending time with friends, spending time with family, going to the theatre etc etc, each year going forward, I’m personally dedicating January to doing all the things that bring me the most joy, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
So whilst this is my first year celebrating JENuary and I only came up with the idea last month, I didn’t have time to plan allll the things I wanna do, however I knew from the start that one of the most important things on my JENuary bucket list was to take a trip down to Surrey for two reasons, one to visit my Grandparents / family and two, to visit one of my favourite places in the whole world, St Ann’s Hill.
Yesterday, I got to tick that JENuary bucket list item off!
So my birthday week celebrations have started off perfectly (because even though I’m calling it JENuary, my celebrations are really only going on throughout this week, except for a drinks night with my girls at the end of the month). Yesterday, my parents and I drove down to Surrey and our first stop was, you guessed it, my fave place St Ann’s Hill.
St Ann’s Hill has always been one of my favourite places, a place which holds a special place in my heart. Although I don’t remember it so well, I used to visit there with my parents back when I was just a little toddler and sometimes we’d even go there to watch Thorpe Parks annual firework display, as you can see it from one of the Hills viewing points. For the past couple of years, I’ve hoped to be able to watch the fireworks from St Ann’s Hill once again, so I would love to do that with my parents this year, but enough about the (distantish) future already.
*A couple of shots from my younger days with my Mum at St Ann’s Hill, cute*
St Ann’s Hill is the most beautiful place to go for a walk, and whilst it’s absolutely gorgeous in the Summer (of course), I actually think it looked extra beautiful yesterday covered in leftover Autumnal leaves, and thankfully, even though it is Winter, the weather wasn’t too chilly and it just felt good to be getting a bit of fresh air with my parents. I love a walk!
*Here’s just a few photos I got yesterday at St Ann’s Hill, I didn’t take too many and they’re not the best quality (iPhone camera problems) but they’re better than nothing right!? Next time I visit, I promise to take SO many more pictures so I can fully share the beauty of St Ann’s Hill with you all (hey, it’s just another reason to go back).*
After our little stroll around St Ann’s Hill, my parents and I went for a quick drink at a pub nearby called The Golden Grove, and whilst I didn’t get any photos you can trust me when I say it’s a gorgeous little place to go for a drink, and they do the BEST coke. I mean, you could say coke is just coke right, but no, the coke I had here was the tastiest ever and I’d go back just for it.
Drinks finished, it was time to head on over to my Grandparents house where we had a little buffet lunch with sandwiches, sausages, scotch eggs and more. Whilst there we were joined by my cousin, her son, plus my Uncles and Aunts which was lovely. Family really is so valuable to me and it felt amazing to be in their presence. I felt surrounded by love. We spent the day eating, conversing and later on, a few of us played a game called Telestrations, which is a fun, non competitive game where you drawer a picture, the next person has to guess what the drawing is followed by the person next to them drawing what the previous person guessed and so on, kind of like Chinese Whispers but for drawing. Not the best at game explaining clearly, but you get the gist. It’s a silly, fun game and it’s great to see how the drawings evolved / how they were interpreted. Somehow, we went from a Rhino to a Balancing Act… okay!?
We played Telestrations for a little while and then finally, to end the day it was CAKE time. It felt beautiful to be surrounded by my family as they sang happy birthday to me, and I blew out all my candles in one go so I’m sure my wish is going to come true. Exciting! Also check out the cake my Grandparents bought for me, they chose well didn’t they!?
And so that wraps up the first of my JENuary celebrations, a lovely day with family well spent. Family is everything to me, and I’m so thankful I got to celebrate my birthday with my nearest and dearest. It was extra special as I very rarely celebrate my birthday with my Grandparents / extended family so it felt really great to be with them and have them sing happy birthday to me. I felt so loved! I am so thankful to my Grandparents for having me, my parents for spending the day with me and taking me to do some of my favourite things, and my Aunts, Uncles and cousins for coming over too. I really am blessed! I’ll say it one more time… Family is everything!
Is anybody else celebrating a birthday this month? What’s your favourite way to celebrate your birthday? What are your top 5 things that you love doing the most? Let me know in the comments below.
Thank you all for reading,
lots of love,