A birthday lunch (+ pretending to be on holiday)

P1070424If I look quite mellow and chilled out in this photo it’s probably because I’d just shared a bottle of Prosecco with the mister over lunch, on what turned out to be the hottest day. Dressed in our summer threads, we were out celebrating Greig’s birthday and pretending, just for a couple of hours, that we were those two young, slightly louche individuals who met and fell in love before they had kids. However, keeping an eye on your watch for the school run keeps you in check!

P1070404 P1070407We went to Jamie’s Italian; mainly because Jamie had very kindly emailed Greig to offer him a free bottle of birthday Prosecco and not ones to look a gift horse in the mouth we accepted (the marketing works). Plus, I just love our local branch as it has an amazing sun terrace and we really fancied cold meats and salads that day.Jamies-Italian-proseccoJamies-italian-Harrogate

P1070410The timing was good as the new summer menu had just launched a couple of days earlier so, as well as a complimentary appetizer of arancini risotto balls, we ordered olives on ice (it was boiling after all), bread and oils plus two of the new epic salads on offer. Greig had the Braesola and I had the salmon, which came with the most beautiful radish slices plus beetroot, celeriac, green apples and seeded crispbread. Surprisingly filling, it looked and tasted fab. By the way, Greig has paint all over his hands as he’d been decorating the girls’ bedroom – he definitely had to earn his birthday lunch!P1070414 P1070413Believe it or not, when we first arrived we found the sun terrace full – everyone had the same idea as us – but it had become so hot by then I didn’t fancy sitting in the direct heat. Call me a spoil sport but I can’t enjoy my food when my forehead is burning! In any case we had the table right beside the terrace so we did that ‘indoors outdoors’ thing which I love. Just as well because half way through lunch there was a thunder storm and huge, fat sploshes of warm rain started to fall. That kind of rain is pretty nice actually but not when you’re eating and everyone rushed indoors.

P1070425 P1070431Outfit details:

Dress: Boden (last summer – similar here, here & here / Bag: c/o White Stuff / Sandals: Salt-Water via Toast

I think I enjoy daytime dates with the mister even more than evenings (when I’m conscious of getting back to the babysitter who is also adding to the cost of our night out). Cheeky lunches while the kids are at school/nursery feel naughty but nice; a stolen moment in the day when we can just be a couple. Add in mediterranean-style food, balmy weather and good music and well, we could almost pretend we were on a mini, child-free holiday.Β  Although we always end up talking about the kids.

P1070428 summer-dressSpeaking of which, we had to wolf down our melting ice creams and cut our stroll a little short so we could pick them up after school. But that’s what makes short moments sweet I guess. Besides, I was already getting a Prosecco headache by then. This is why I should never drink at lunchtime, especially on a hot, thundery day! Needless to say, Greig was more than fine!

Happy birthday mister. Sorry about the grey hair but you’ll always be my toyboy xx

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Kathryn //

He did thanks! (Despite looking quite mean and moody in that photo)xx

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Slummy single mummy //

This looks all rather blissful, I was totally enthralled. By the time the big fat rain drops fell I could almost smell that smell of rain on hot ground.

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Kathryn //

Ha ha, thanks Jo, it was pretty freaky weather that day: fine one minute, chucking it down the next! xx

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Kathryn //

They do indeed Eleanor, which is what makes them so nice I suppose πŸ™‚ xx

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a touch of domesticity / katie sparrow //

Gosh Kathryn, the dress, the food, the Harrogate! We went to Harrogate for our last anniversary weekend (we get one night away a year and tend to find a nice local town/city to go to) and it was just glorious. I would consider moving if it wasn’t even further north than Derbyshire (our friends and family are mostly in and around London). Ps I spotted Timberlake’s in the background of one of your shots – that’s where we had our anniversary meal! Couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Have you been?

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Kathryn //

Ooh no, not tried that one yet, will look into it!! Glad you had a nice time in Harrogate πŸ™‚ xx

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sallytangle //

Aww you can’t beat god old Jamies Italian. Your salad looks the bees knees and so summery! Glad you both had a wonderful time, you’ve got to take this warm weather when it’s there! It’s flippin’ blowing a million mile per hour gale as i write this….

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Kathryn //

Yep, we certainly do Sally (has been torrential rain and more thunder/lightening here today) – not that us northerners are obsessed with the weather πŸ˜‰ xx

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Molly //

Looks like the perfect way to spend a birthday to me. There’s something a bit naughty about doing something like this on a school day isn’t there? The NLM is off soon for a couple of days when our biggest girl is still at school. Mind you, the list of jobs we have to tackle and the fact the baby will be at home with us means the chance of nipping our for a prosecco lunch is pretty impossible!

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Adele @ Circus Queen //

Love the photos, the dress, the food. Happy birthday to your mister! I love daytime dates because I’m usually less tired! Mind you, our last daytime date I spent getting inked before lunch which meant I was feeling pretty spent for the rest of the day.

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Gill Crawshaw //

So impressed with your calm demeanour post-Prosecco (mine is usually a massive grin an ridiculous jazz hands!) This looks lovely, trying to remember the last time I had a sneaky lunch with my husband and it’s far too long x

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Kathryn //

Thanks Gill, I’d reached my sleepy post-lunch, I need an espresso look :)xx

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Candy Pop //

When I initially read the title I thought I’d missed your 40th! It sounds like a lovely day and you look gorgeous in that dress. x

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