Birthday shenanigans

On Wednesday I turned thirty-three (or 23 +10, as I’ve been telling people) soΒ  decided to take the rest of the week off work and just spend time with Mr Osbiston. He of course took this a challenge to fill my day with excitement, which he did rather impressively.

I did put a bit of a spanner in the works straight off the bat because he wanted to make me breakfast in bed and I wanted to go for a run. I don’t like to eat much before I work out because it makes me feel a bit sick so I convinced him to get my breakfast ready for my return. Here I am with my beautiful birthday flowers… in my running gear. I couldn’t let myself get behind on the Fall into Fitness Challenge.

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It was my best 5km run ever and I finished in 32 minutes exactly. I think it would have been even faster if I hadn’t have had to wait to cross the road. Maybe the universe gives you extra energy on your birthday!

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After a delicious breakfast, Mr Osbiston, told me we were going to Spitalfields City Farm to visit the pig he sponsored for me for my birthday. (My other amazing present was Sigur Ros tickets!!!)

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Despite the fact that it was a very grim and rainy day, I was ridiculously excited about going to the farm and about meeting my pig.

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The farm is a stone’s throw from the East End and has all kinds of interesting animals, including donkeys, a Shetland pony, pygmy goats, a calf, rabbits, ferrets, geese, guinea pigs and chickens. The farm is free to visit and you can pop in and chat to, and even pet in some cases, the animals whenever you want. They also have a cafe and a shop where you can buy all kinds of food grown and produced at the farm.

Paul investigates some sheep

Paul investigates some sheep

Almost all the animals are available for sponsorship, including my pig, Watson, who is on the left of this picture. He is a rare breed of pig from New Zealand called a Kune Kune. I think he is very, very handsome. His pen-mate is called Holmes, which is very fitting. I decided that Watson was the pig for me because he took a brief break from eating to look up at me when I arrived.

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In the next 12 months I will get to visit Watson four times and help to take care of him. I can’t wait.

After we had finished communing with the animals it was time for a (veggie) lunch at The Real Greek in Spitalfields market. Delicious!

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Om nom nom

Om nom nom

After that it was time for some culture so we went for my first ever trip to the V&A, one of London’s many free museums.

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The V&A is considered to be the world’s greatest museum of art and design and contains amazing ceramics, architecture, fashion, metalwork, books and more from multiple time periods all over the world. It really has to be seen to be believed. I have to admit that the fashion section was my absolute favourite and I became utterly lost in the gowns from the past… as well as this front room, which Mr Osbiston and I are adamant we are going to recreate when we own our own house one day.

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Our last outing for the day was a trip to the movies to see Thor: The Dark World in 3D… but you’ll have to wait until next week’s Film Friday to hear about that!

27 Comments

  1. What an awesome day! Happy belated birthday, Abbi! πŸ™‚

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! It was such a fun day!

  2. Wow that sounds awesome! I’m glad you could think of the Fall into Fitness challenge in the midst of all that excitement haha

    1. Abbi

      It was a really fun day but no excuse not to work out!

  3. Happy belated birthday.

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you!

  4. Happy Birthday! What a great day you had celebrating!

    1. Abbi

      It really was such a fun day! Thank-you!

  5. Happy (belated) Birthday dear! Loved the photographs! Indeed a great way to celebrate your special day! Take care πŸ™‚

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! It was an awesome day!

  6. I feel so happy just hearing about your special birthday. (I wish my birthdays were like that! :D)
    Watson is precious, and good job on running 5k in your best time! (I don’t run. Period.)

    1. Abbi

      Aww you’re so sweet! It was a particularly special birthday and I feel really lucky to have someone plan such a lovely day for me. I only started running about 4 months ago and I am still surprised by how far i can run now and how much i enjoyed it. I never would have imagined.

      1. That’s so good to hear! If only I would give running a try πŸ˜‰

        1. Abbi

          I never really exercised before I started running and I was very unfit but then I decided to do the couch to 5k challenge using an app called Run Double. It starts you up running 1 minute intervals and after 9 weeks you can run 30 mins or 5k depending on how fast you run. I still can’t quite run 5k in 30 mins but I couldn’t believe how quickly I built my fitness. If I can do it anyone can so if you really did want to try running I would highly recommend it.

  7. Great pictures!! Happy belated birthday!! ❀

    Diana
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    1. Abbi

      Thank-you so much. They are all Mr Osbiston’s photos because my phone camera is a bit broken. I think he did very well though!

  8. Happy (belated) birthday! Sounds like you had a great day! πŸ™‚ Can’t believe you’d not been to the V&A. Love it there (and the Tate Modern). And Watson is cool! πŸ™‚

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! I know… it’s crazy because it’s so my kind of thing. I have mixed feelings about the Tate Modern though. Some of it is just so ridiculous!

      1. Well I do prefer the Picassos to the can of poop I saw there once πŸ™‚

        1. Abbi

          Or the toilet on its side???

    1. Abbi

      Thank you!

  9. great photos, looks like so much fun! happy birthday!!!

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! I had a wonderful time!

  10. Aw, looks like you had such a lovely birthday. And what a cute present: sponsoring a pig! Watson looks very handsome πŸ™‚

    1. Abbi

      It was a lovely day and Watson is fab! I am going to visit him again on 11 January so I can feed him. I can’t wait!

      1. That’s so cool! Farms are fab places. I’ve seen a few lambs being born, and that’s really exciting πŸ™‚

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