I know, I know my birthday was actually ages ago but I still wanted to share this special day with you all! I love having my birthday in July as it's the middle of the year and the summer.

I would also say that I can't remember the last time the weather wasn't lovely so that's definitely lucky. Similarly to my last birthday, which you can read about here, I thought I would show you what we got up to :)

I made the very (un)sensible decision to go out with my friends the night before my birthday to celebrate. Please people, I know it sounds like fun, especially for someone who doesn't get a hangover, but DO NOT do it. Really. 

Although I had a great night out I felt utterly horrendous the next day and it very closely ruined my day. I didn't drink any of the Champagne and I didn't eat any of my birthday cake! There you go, please learn from the mistakes I made, so you don't have to, hah.

The 18th of July was a particularly special day this year (2014) because not only was it my 21st but it was also the day that my mom retired from nearly 30 years of teaching. 

The day began with a very emotional good bye assembly at her school and included appearances from past pupils, staff and even head teachers and some equally emotional speeches.

But then it was time to dry the tears, top up the make up and head to Armathwaite Hall for afternoon tea. You can add Champagne as well but my stomach was barely up for the tea let alone some bubbles.  

We sat in the conservatory overlooking the lush green gardens down to the lake. It is one of the best afternoon teas in the Lake District so £21.00 pp is more than worth it or £31.50 with Champagne. Make sure to book though.

We started opening pressies whilst waiting for our tea to arrive and there were some more tear jerker moments from Rob, my bestie Emily and the sentimental gifts my mom and sister gave me.

(Sarah's Dress - White Stuff, My Dress - River Island)

The tea included the usual selection of yummy finger sandwhiches, cream cakes, scones, savory nibbles and even mini cheese cakes among other delights. 

It was such a lovely afternoon in a beautiful setting and definitely boosted my spirits!

The day ended in true Verwoerd style with all my family and friends gathering at home for Prosecco and the most incredible cake made by Sarah and Lydia. Thank you so much guys!

Thank you everyone for making me feel lovely despite my hangover. You are the best. 

Have any of you been to Armathwaite for afternoon tea? If not, get yourselves there. What better way to beat the January blues!

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