Past birthdays have proved that it *always* rains on the day, followed by a week of glorious weather, and with the rain pouring down in the days preceding, I wasn't holding out hope of anything different so I spent a few rainy days in London last weekend, exploring parks, browsing along Portobello Road, dodging raindrops and swooning over the Jubilee-themed décor of the Harrod's window displays:
Portobello Road Vintage Market
Hyde Park in the rain
Reproduction of the Coronation dress ** Crown made of hundreds&thousands!
The following week, before my birthday festivities, there were two more stops on The Burlesque Show tour...
The first was in Coventry at the Belgrade Theatre, and was hosted by the gorgeous Laurie Hagen - she has so much energy on stage, it's completely contagious and the show was bags of fun (even though we got caught in a massive traffic jam en-route, meaning that a 90 minute journey took us nearly five hours!!)
The next show was at The Hexagon Theatre in Reading: one of my favourite places to perform as the stage is gorgeous, the tech team are fabulous and the audience are always receptive and appreciative.
Mirror Picture with Elan, Laurie Hagen, Jim Devereaux, Coco Malone, James Malach, Elle Amour, Glorian Gray and Fancy Chance
Lovely things that happened at this show: I got ID'd for wine! Taz arrived with a huuuge bunch of flowers for me. Elle, Glorian and I visited the worlds worst karaoke and cocktail bar, I got a birthday card signed by everyone in the cast and a host of lovely presents as well!!
Presents from Glorian Gray, Taz and Kirsty
Gorgeous decorated REAL egg!!
The following day - my ACTUAL BIRTHDAY!! Taz and I travelled back to London, thanks to four AA vans and several Starbucks stops (his car broke down, and they kept having to change tow-vans for various annoying reasons!) but at least it didn't rain!
Two of the four AA Trucks it took us to get back to London!
However, once we were safely back in the city, we went for a lovely meal and a stroll down the Thames.
Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast all lit up at night
And you know what? The weather was beautiful for the next few days! They were spent mainly drinking iced coffee in the park, wandering around shops in London and dozing in the garden! Bliss...