I’m 40!

I was 40 on Tuesday and had an interesting day planned. It started with a tour round the Houses of Parliament which was fascinating. We even got to go into the House of Lords and were told a few interesting facts about parts of it. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos in the chamber. We couldn’t get into the House of Commons as they were sitting although we were told we could sit in the public gallery if we wanted after the tour. I chose not to as I had other things I wanted to do. I treated myself to a couple of things from the gift shop and wandered outside, thinking about going ito Westminster Abbey however, the entry fee of £18 was outside of my budget so I didn’t, one for a more financially robust day I think. I did take a few photos of the outside and of St Margarets Church.

I then travelled to Harrods as I wanted to book an afternoon tea for me and some friends. I wandered in and out of various departments, rapidly replaced a £58 cat food dish on the shelf very carefully and trying not to hyperventilate at the cost. I did get the afternoon tea booked and eventually found my way out, having no sense of direction is a nightmare in that store! I then travelled back to St Pancras for the high speed train home, happy, knackered and hungry!

A fair few people had said to me that they were worried about me spending the day on my own but I genuinely enjoyed it. I had a great time, got to do a load of people watching and did exactly what I wanted when I wanted…perfect!

Big day today

Later on today, I am attending a wine reception being hosted by the Howard League for Penal Reform of which I am a member. They are a charity and are on their homepage have the motto ‘less crime, safer communities, fewer people in prison’. Penal reform is something I am interested in and have gathered a tiny bit of knowledge during my first year at university. 

Anyway, this do is being held in the House of Commons, a building I have seen frequently whilst working in London and now I am being given the chance to go inside. I have been told by many that I am being very brave in going on my own but, let’s be honest, when you live on your own you have to go to places on your own. My boyfriend is working so he can’t come, I have friends that could have come of course but not everyone wants to traipse along to something like that just because I am interested in the topic. Anyway, I used to live and work in London so heading up on the train isn’t scary but the thought of going inside such an iconic building is a little exciting/scary/overwhelming but I am really looking forward to it. I must be, I have bought a whole new outfit and people who know me will know I am not usually that girly. If I get the chance to take photos, I might even put them up for you if you’re really unlucky.