SO..... after sittignaround yesterday, the day I turned 33, having a lazy day just hanging with the Girls (my little girls), DH calls in the afternoon and asks me not to do anything for dinner - he is taking me out (not surprising, he usually takes me out for dinner on my birthday)...driver will pick me up in an hour and a half. Weird. It's only 3.30pm. How early does he want to eat dinner, for goodness sake? Anyway, then there's a knock at the door. My Mum. Here to mind the Girls while DH & I go out to dinner. FAB! I jump in the shower, make myself look reasonably presentable, considering the heat (38 degrees yesterday and again today in Sydney - 100.4 F - whew! - thank God for air conditioniong!). DH turns up at the door with the driver...off we go into the city..... ...wouldn't you know it, our driver takes a wrong turn to the SHeraton, where we were going for a pre dinner cocktail. DH says "don't worry Charlie, just let us out here" out we hop (I'm SPEWING about having to get out of the airconditioned car and walk in the heat!). Wouldn't you know it, we were almost right outside Hermes, but it was pretty close to closing time, so I didn;t suggest going in. I didn't have to. I suddenly discover DH has been in cahoots with my SA for the past week, organising a little after-hours shopping extravaganza, just for me! Whoo HOO!!! So, after talking and talking and talking we finally get down to business. My wonderful SA has put aside a few bags for me to select from...chevre....she knows I love it.....yum! SO, lucky girl that I am, I came away with a Bolide 31cm vert anis chevre, pall h/w...a matching scarf, carefully selected by my wonderful SA, a teapot that matches the porcelain I collect, and some other goodies for later! Oh, and did I mention the wonderful Barenia Trim II, 31cm, pall h/w? Well, I got that, too! Off DH & I go, practically skipping down Elizabeth street (well, DH refused to skip....) LOADED down with BIG ORANGE BAGS...AND I was carrying my Kelly....a walking (skipping) advertisement for Hermes!!!! LOL!!! DH then took me down to a wonderful restaurant at the very top of Customs House, outside, overlooking Sydney Harbour.....four courses...AND he let me bang on and on and on about Hermes all evening! He just sat there nodding and smiling!! I have such a great DH, he has always been great with surprises, but this one just took the cake! We went for a stroll after dinner while waiting to be picked up around the Sydney Opera House, and he took a pic of me standing there, grinning from ear to ear, holding these HUGE orange bags...will post that one later (waiting for DH to emal it to me). Here are the pics of some of my loot: Bolide 31cm Vert Anis Chevre, palladium hardware. Trim II 31cm Natural Barenia, palladium hardware. Limited Edition Watering Can cadena in sterling silver, year of the tree. Libres Comme L'air Scarf, green colourway, Annie Faivre.